The job of a structural engineer is to design, construct, and maintain buildings. He can design a building from scratch or he can design something that already exists. He can make structures with the use of steel, concrete, or wood.
There are two types of structural engineers: one who works for a contractor and the other who works for an individual. Contractors usually work for a building owner. The architect is hired by the building owner to draw up the plans for a building. The structural engineer, however, is hired by a client when he or she has already chosen the building materials, is in the process of purchasing them, and is ready to place an order.
The structure of the job is similar in both cases but the process may be slightly different. In the case of a client, the client will contact the contractor and get the exact drawings that he or she needs. Then the structural engineer makes an estimate for the building.
After the structure is completed, the client will have to choose the type of service that he or she requires. A pre-construction checkup is the first step. This includes finding out if there are any faulty sections of the building that will need to be fixed before it is sold. Any cracks, problems with the foundation, or access to the building for emergency repairs will need to be taken care of.
After the structural engineer has done the inspection, the client can determine how much the entire project will cost. It will also determine what the total cost will be for labour and materials. Once all this is established, the client can begin contacting contractors. The client should inquire about the price of the entire project and how long it will take to be finished.
Once the contractor has been selected, the client is given a quote on the estimate. In order to get the most accurate estimate possible, the client should compare quotes from several contractors. The client should keep track of his or her expenses in order to not overlook any expenses that will be incurred in finishing the job. The client should record every expense incurred in order to prove that the estimate is accurate. In case a later inspection reveals something out of the client’s expectations, the client can dispute the estimate in writing and get the necessary documentation to correct the problem.
Once the estimate has been finalized, the client can contact suppliers to order the materials that he or she needs. He or she can place the order either online or at the building that he or she intends to use as the construction site. The contractor will then handle the delivery of the materials from the supplier.
The client should not forget to include the cost of insurance during the quote. If there is a fire or other unexpected event, the client must be prepared to pay the costs of damages. When it comes to getting permits for the project, the client should always include this along with the other estimates that have been given. The contractor is usually responsible for paying for these.
When the client and the contractor have finalized the final estimate, the client should then contact the local building department to secure a permit for the project. The permit should be on file in the building department when the work begins. This gives the contractor time to find out the expected date of completion and prepare accordingly. This also gives the client time to move forward with plans.
Depending on the size of the building, the client can choose a subcontractor to install the building material. The project may require a few hundred dollars for materials. There is a limit to the number of materials that can be supplied by the subcontractor. There are a number of experienced companies that can supply the materials needed to finish the job. The client can also choose to have the contractor himself or herself to supply the materials. After the materials have been installed, the client can then hire an independent contractor to complete the project. This allows the contractor to install the material that he or she did not receive from the client. Since the materials will be used throughout the life of the building, the project can be finished in a shorter amount of time than if it were being completed in house by a contractor.