Structural drawings and calculations
Structural drawings and structural calculations are a vital part of the design phase. They ensure that your new space is structurally sound and that the design is translated into solid construction. The structural engineer will ensure that a suitable and safe structure will be designed and calculated for your loft conversion, home extension or new build.
Why are structural drawings and calculations required?
The simple answer is architectural designer will come up with the design your floor plans and elevations, the structural engineer will design a structure and calculate the structure meaning the size and thickness of your RSJ steels or size of timbers and grade to support upper levels. Sometimes we refer to these as the 'what' and the 'how' when explaining the relationship between the two processes to our clients. The designs are what you want to achieve from your project, the structural drawings are the how it will be achieved.
Structural engineer process
Below you can find out some of the main points about structural engineering process and what happens.