Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.
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Admittedly, the construction of a new house is an exciting process. But it is quite complex too. And while there are some aspects of the construction process that require your input, there are a lot more that require the expertise of specialised professionals. And a few of the specialists that are essential for the success of your project are engineers.
Although consulting engineers will be responsible for different stages of the project, their expertise is necessary because they will share pertinent information about these varying stages with each other. To give you an idea of what to anticipate, below are a couple of the various consulting engineers that you can expect to work with for your new home build.
A geotechnical engineer
The geotechnical engineer is tasked with collecting soil samples from your construction site so you can expect to work with this professional very early on in the project. The geotechnical engineer will then analyse the soil samples and collect data that will be crucial for your construction project in several ways. Firstly, the soil samples will enlighten the geotechnical engineer on the soil composition of various parts of your property, which is necessary because a majority of lots will have varying types of soil.
Secondly, the soil samples will let the geotechnical engineer know how the soil reacts to moisture and if this will affect its stability. This information is vital so that necessary measures can be taken to ensure the foundation can be supported by the soil, even when it is waterlogged. The data collected from analysing the soil samples will also inform the geotechnical engineer on the type of footing system that will be best for your particular lot.
A structural engineer
Another important consulting specialist that you will likely work with during the construction of your new home build is a structural engineer. As their name implies, this professional is tasked with determining the best specifications for your structure. They will use the data collected by the geotechnical engineer when they analysed the soil samples to establish how best to bring your new home build to life. You should note that this does not simply refer to the foundation.
In addition to this structure, the structural engineer will also determine the various qualifications that the footings, structural beams, columns, retaining walls and so on should meet. Furthermore, the structural engineer will also decide which materials will be best suited to the construction of your new home build by factoring in your budget, the environmental conditions they will be exposed to and so on.Share