Are You Looking For A Structural Engineer in Canterbury?
We at Stap Structural Engineering are a leading structural engineer in Canterbury and provide a fully comprehensive choice of professional structural engineering services. We work with architects and building consultants to guarantee the structural safety of buildings and infrastructures within the residential and commercial sectors. We also complete structural steel developments. So, if you’re looking for structural engineering specialists in Canterbury, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a FREE quote.
What is structural engineering?
Structural engineering is the process that comes before the construction of a building or infrastructure commences. If you’ve been wondering ‘are structural engineers civil engineers?’ or ‘can a civil engineer be a structural engineer?’ then we have the answers for you. Structural engineering is a branch within the broader industry of civil engineering. Here, we look at the two in more detail.
Civil engineering includes the proposal, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructures and utilities, groundworks and project management which could include residential developments, commercial buildings, roads and railways, bridges, water and power supply.
Structural engineering is concerned with the planning and design, as well as project management, of structures such as bridges, office blocks, schools, homes and more. Structural engineering is an essential part of the construction process and focuses on ensuring these structures remain safe and won’t fall down or collapse.
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Who are structural engineers?
A structural engineer utilises their extensive training to apply mathematics and physics to the design and structure of buildings. This key component of construction is necessary to ensure that the building or structure will be able to withstand weather conditions, and environmental stressors, as well as support the weight of people and equipment during its lifespan. There are a few simple steps that we undertake as your structural engineer in Canterbury, UK to do this…
Research & Analyse - The importance of a structural engineer’s report in Canterbury should never be underestimated as it can provide you with invaluable information about:
- Blueprints and maps.
- Topographical (forms and features of land surface) data.
- Environmental data.
As an experienced structural engineer in Canterbury, we will use our expertise in physics and mathematics, to predict the performance of materials and structural elements to ensure the complete structural safety of your buildings. We will also be able to provide FREE quotes at this stage for the cost and quantities of materials, equipment, and labour.
Plan and Design - Once we have completed our analysis, we will use high-performance computer-aided-design or CAD programmes to create highly accurate 3D images. These will detail all the calculations and specifications that need to be adhered to throughout the construction process. Using these schematics during the build means that the final structure will be accurate, economical and safe.
Structural Inspections - As well as being hired to plan and design new structures, structural engineers in Canterbury can also help if there are structural problems within an existing property. This could include subsidence, cracking walls, sagging ceilings or unsafe rooflines which can be common in older properties. Additionally, if you are buying a property, a chartered surveyor may have advised on some structural issues. In this instance, we can analyse the damage and provide details of remedial action.
When do I need a structural engineer in Canterbury?
There are a huge number of reasons why you may require a structural engineer in Canterbury. Here’s where we can help…
If you are planning on making any significant improvements or renovations to your property that could compromise the structural integrity of the building, you’ll need a structural engineer. Home renovations that require a structural engineer in Canterbury are:
- Home extensions.
- Altering doors and windows.
- Loft and garage conversions.
- Modifying internal walls.
- Fitting solar panels.
- Removing a chimney breast.
- Underpinning floors
If you’re not sure if your home updates require the services of a structural engineer in Canterbury, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.
Many local authorities and councils will require the services of a structural engineer for projects undertaken within the public domain. These can include office blocks, car parks, hospitals, retail premises and more. There are many building regulations and permits required for structures and infrastructures to be built within the public sector and having a structural engineer on hand is essential.
As well as being hired to plan and design new structures, structural engineers in Canterbury can also help if there are structural problems within an existing property. This could include subsidence, cracking walls, sagging ceilings, or unsafe rooflines which can be common in older properties. Additionally, if you are buying a property, a chartered surveyor may have advised on some structural issues. In this instance, we can analyse the damage and provide details of remedial action.
Do I legally need a structural engineer?
Most building and construction work needs to meet building regulations and planning permission criteria by law. Therefore, you do legally require a structural engineer to assess and plan your structure so that it meets these regulations.
How much does a structural engineer in Canterbury cost?
Many things will influence the cost of your structural engineering project. Here is a handy guide for the average cost of structural engineering in Dartford…
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