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What do structural engineers do?

A structural engineer analyzes and designs the gravity support and lateral-force resistance of buildings, bridges, and other structures. They prepare working drawings and specifications, perform structural analyses, review the work of other engineers, write reports and evaluations, and observe construction.

Why do I need a structural engineer?

Structural engineering is crucial because it directly impacts the safety and resilience of buildings and structures. Structural engineers optimize the configuration and sizes of framing members and prepare designs using suitable building materials that provide safety and resilience of a structure while avoiding unnecessary construction costs arising from inefficient use of a project's structural systems.

What is the difference between civil and structural engineering?

Structural engineers are civil engineers with a structural engineering specialization.

Can a civil engineer work as a structural engineer?

All structural engineers are civil engineers, but not all civil engineers are structural engineers. Both types of engineers prepare designs for projects that are safe, stable and cost-effective; however, the licensure for civil engineers limits thier involvement in some types of buiding designs.