What are Structural Engineers?
Structural Engineers specialise in the physical structure of buildings: foundations, walls and roofs. They will carry out an inspection of problems with existing buildings and they will also help with the structural design and calculations for any alterations you are considering. Another service they provide is in relation to the design of new buildings and planning permission applications.
Professional Qualifications of Structural Engineers
A Structural Engineer will probably be a member of the IStructE (Institution of Structural Engineers) or a member of the ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) and will have the following letters are their name: MIStructE, FIStructE, MICE or FICE. Structural Engineers with these letters after their names are known as Chartered Engineers. It is wise to commission the services of a Chartered Engineer rather than an Engineer who is not chartered but please note that there are some Engineers with considerable experience who are not chartered. The choice is yours. It is possible for a Chartered Building Surveyor to offer services in this area.
Structural Engineers are often called upon to provide expertise relating to Party Wall issues.
When might you need a Structural Engineer?
There are two kinds of inspection you can ask for: a Specific Structural inspection or a General Structural Inspection. If the problem is confined to one area and you do not require an inspection of the whole building then you will need a Specific Structural Inspection. If you would like an inspection of the whole building then you will require a General Structural Inspection.
Over time a chimney stack may lose some of the mortar in the brickwork and will eventually become unstable. You may wish to ask a Structural Engineer to carry out a Specific Structural Inspection before deciding what repairs are necessary.
If there is fire damage to a property a General Structural Inspection by a Structural Engineer would provide information regarding the stability of the building and the possible cost of the necessary repairs. For an estimate of the cost to reinstall only the interior and tidy up the exterior a Building Survey from a Chartered Surveyor may be more appropriate.
If you are considering structural changes to an existing building or if you are planning a new building, you will need to be in compliance with the current building regulations and you may need to submit information to your local Building Control authority. A Structural Engineer will be able to help you through the process.
If you require more information about the interior of the property then, instead of a Structural Inspection, you may be better to commission a Building Survey from a Building Surveyor.
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