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Engineers have an expertise for anything that is related to a building’s structure. Their role consists in analyzing the situation they are dealing with, evaluating the project’s feasibility, doing the calculations and presenting the plans and the estimate for the project. Afterwards, they can monitor the work as it is being completed and until the project is completed. At the end, a certificate of conformity may be delivered to guaranty the quality of the executed works. As a matter of fact, engineers have the mandate to make sure that the renovations are completed whilst adhering to current regulations.
Here are a few examples of projects on which the expertise of building engineers may be recommended, even necessary:
- Evaluating the condition of a building’s structure;
- Modifying the building’s structure;
- Evaluating whether a building’s structure needs to be reinforced;
- For underpinning projects;
- For projects that involve moving or lifting a house;
- The exterior parts of a multiplex (e.g.: balconies).
Engineers are called to intervene on projects in all fields, whether it be for residential, commercial, industrial or institutional jobs. Although they are often associated with large-scale projects, their skills and knowledge can be useful on smaller projects that touch on certain key parts of a building.
Hiring a building engineer to create plans and to take on the completion of certain projects is a guarantee of quality. As structural specialists, they must make sure that the decisions they apply are the best solutions for the problem they are trying to solve. They are able to adapt to all types of buildings, from old structures to new constructions.
Materials and construction methods hold no secrets for them, which makes it so that they are able to evaluate the different options for structural support, as well as the work that needs to be done. This means that the work that is done will have better long-term results.
Engineers also know how to avoid certain problems that could occur following miscalculations, such as foundation or structural problems.
In some cases, it is mandatory to have plans completed by an engineer to get a permit from your municipal administration. For example, it is often the case when the work exceeds $100 000 (foundation work, framework, electrical or mechanical systems). Check with your local authorities to know if such is the case with regards to the work you are planning to complete.
In a nutshell, the architect takes care of designing and creating the aesthetical aspect of the building, whereas the engineer focuses on technical problems. The architect’s expertise lies in the way they organize the layouts. They play with lines and with the way things are set up. The engineer’s role is more focused on evaluating how the building will hold up. They work more on the building’s inner workings. Both trades collaborate on a large number of projects.
Does the work you are planning require the skills and knowledge of a building engineer? RenoQuotes.com will help you find certified specialists. Simply fill out the form hereabove and describe your project by addressing, if possible, your approximate budget as well as the period in which the work should be done. The project will then be sent to certified engineers belonging to our network. Following this, you will be put in contact with companies that want to evaluate your project and give you a quote.
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