Civil and construction engineers are licensed professionals who are educated and trained to analyse all elemental factors exerting forces and actions upon a building and its attached components (including building additions, garages, and retaining walls). They make a documented decision  about whether buildings and structures can resist and hold up to these forces.

Like other professional engineers, these experts have a thorough understanding of how the fundamentals of calculus and physics come into play while determining the external and internal forces and reactions that are typically applied to any construction structure.

As a homeowner, or building manager, you need the peculiar expertise of civil and construction engineers for a number of reasons. If you are trying to remedy structural defects, constructing new additions or planning significant structural alterations, it is essential that you call upon these professionals. They will evaluate your building and provide you with appropriate recommendations about the repair and design tasks that ought to be performed.

Civil engineers will also monitor your construction project, in addition to providing details plans that abide to local law. Anyway, the following are scenarios in which a civil or construction engineer will make a difference in your building plans and strategy:

  1. Building Additions

building additionsEven with the required blueprints at hand, you still need to get a civil or structural engineer’s opinion before construction begins. The engineer will determine whether the addition will hold up well without compromising the integrity of your original structure.

Similarly, they will review the plans drawn up to ensure that the foundation of the addition is reinforced adequately and that the new construction meets Australia’s building codes.

  1. Significant Layout Alterations

Before knocking down walls while remodeling, you ought to think twice. Although this might not be apparent to you, altering or removing load-bearing walls might cause structural damage to your building. Instead, call in civil and structural engineers first. They will accurately determine the walls that carry the weight of the structure. Additionally, they will advise you on how planned improvements and renovations will affect your building’s overall integrity.

  1. Repairing Structural Damage

Root growth, drought and inadequate drainage may displace or naturally resettle the soil beneath your home’s foundation. This will lead to such structural damages as cracks around windows, weakened door frames, and bowing/cracked/leaning walls.

structural-damageOf course, when this happens, you might be tempted to call in a foundation company to help you repair the damage. However, an even better idea would be to consult with a civil/structural engineer first.

Instead of trying to promote a certain foundation repair products or systems, the engineer will provide you with an objective and unbiased analysis of the problem. They will also recommend the most economical and effective solution, which could save you tons of money.

Other building damage situations that require the expertise peculiar to civil and construction engineers include damage to home foundations and retaining walls by lateral soil movement, damage from natural disasters, and termite damage to load bearing wooden elements in a building.

In conclusion, the services provided by professional civil and structural engineers are more of a necessity than a luxury. The next time you plan a major home or building construction project, therefore, be sure to consult with these experts first. Their unbiased professional opinions will not only save you money, they could end up saving lives that would otherwise have been laid waste to.