Chartered Structural Engineers

Mead Structures Ltd are a Chartered Civil and Structural Engineers based in Sussex near Brighton and Worthing. Offering Structural Engineering services throughout Southern England - East Sussex, West Sussex, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey, London and beyond, our friendly Engineers have a client focused approach to Structural Engineering that puts service before fees.

Working closely with our Clients, Architects and Contractors, we pride ourselves in providing a fast, reliable, cost-effective Structural Engineering service tailored to suit their specific needs. Residential, commercial or industrial, minor works or larger development, we have the expertise to meet your Structural Engineering requirements.

Our experience covers a wide variety of Civil and Structural Engineering disciplines, from renovation and refurbishment projects to new build schemes in a variety of market sectors. Using their specialist local and historical knowledge our skilled Engineers also undertake detailed Structural Inspections and prepare Structural Engineers Reports on specific defects for valuation and remedial purposes.

For an informal discussion with one of our Chartered Structural Engineers, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

What is a Structural Engineer?

Structural Engineering is a specialised branch of Civil Engineering, and its applications are extremely diverse. A great deal of what Structural Engineers do involves designing things to be built, and then helping to build them.

An architect may come up with a building design, but it's the Structural Engineer's responsibility to fit the structure to the architecture, and decide on what structural system is best suited to that particular building. The Structural Engineer may design the beams, the columns, the walls, the foundation or any structural element to make the building stand up.

Structural Engineer might also be involved in the demolition or dismantling of a structure, either permanently or in order to repair it. For both of these processes, they need to know about the forces that act on a structure from the stresses put on a bridge by heavy traffic or by strong winds on a tall building or on any structure by seasonal temperature changes.

Structural Engineers also inspect and report on structural building buildings and may prepare designs and details for repair and remedial works. Such defects may range from serious problems such as subsidence or collapse to minor defects such as wall tie corrosion or roof spread.

Like all Engineers whose work may affect life, health or property, new Structural Engineers go through a rigorous training process during their early career. This training involves several years of work experience under the supervision of experienced Engineers followed by a thorough interview and a 7 hour examination, and results in membership of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE) and the title of Chartered Structural Engineer.

Along with technical know-how, a Structural Engineer needs a host of other skills to be able to interact with professional and non-professional colleagues and clients. Problem resolution, time management and good communications are all skills have to be developed by a Structural Engineer.  In most cases construction work costs a lot of money and proceeds very rapidly, so if there are problems, then they need to be resolved as quickly as possible.

If you require the services of a Structural Engineer please feel free to one of our Chartered Structural Engineers