How Structural Engineering Can Perfect Your Design

1. Design and Practicality

It can be easy to become a bit overly focused on certain aspects of a design when your major concern is form and function. You might agonize over how to shape a specific space, for example, or where to place certain departments or services in a commercial building. Sometimes you might even have an idea partially finished in your mind before you decide to consult with a structural engineer – and this is where the plan goes a bit pear-shaped. You see, what you want to see happen and what can safely be built might be two different things. A creative structural engineer will be able to take your design and give you various options to remain as true to it as possible while still building a structurally sound and durable building.

2. Smart Solutions to Modern Problems

Perhaps the opposite of the above is true and you’re struggling to find a design that best suits your needs. You have a basic idea, perhaps, but the specifics are a bit more elusive. When this happens, it’s a great idea to sit down with a structural engineer and discuss your needs and wants with them. They might be able to give you a better idea about what is feasible given the space you have and how to create a building that functions exactly as you need it to.

3. Efficiency and Cost Effectivity

Turning a design from dream into reality can be a long, expensive process. That’s especially true if you run into design elements that simply don’t work as you move through the rendering or building process. Therefore, it’s important to stay in close contact with your structural engineer. Make sure that they understand what you’re hoping to achieve as well as the budget within which you want to work. This can help them offer solutions about building strategy and building materials to help ensure that the build itself moves as smoothly and cost-effectively as possible.

Are you getting ready to get started on your next project? Pull your structural engineer into the loop and end up with a beautiful, functional building that will withstand the rigors of time and renovation alike.

If you have any comments or questions then please contact John M. Cruikshank, PE, President & CEO of OKAMOTO Structural Engineering at jcruikshank@okamoto-se.com, (714) 444-2422 x101, www.okamoto-se.com

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