Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hiring a Commercial Structural Engineer for Fortifying Foundations

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The foundation of a construction is always the most important part. Next, there must be a very good blueprint of the development. While setting up any structure, a few important things should be kept in mind. It is good to remember that there is no margin of effort in construction. Whatever you set, you do it in brick and mortar. It is set in concrete, and changing it again is impossible once the whole thing is done.
You can make structural modifications wherever possible, but for changing all of it, you have no other option to break down the entire thing and rebuild. Such drastic steps are only rarely taken. Hiring a competent commercial structural engineer will ensure that no such possibility even arises! The work is done perfectly right from the point of laying the first foundation brick.
Using advanced modeling software
Typically, one or another CAD system is used for making construction blueprints. However, a good commercial structural engineer will use the BIM or the Business Information Modeling System. This highly efficient digital modeling protocol can create an exact simulation of the construction, in real time, as it progresses. This incremental approach is also based on the projected understanding of the final design.
Furthermore, the BIM approach also integrates the inputs of both the architect and the engineer. There is no clash between planning and execution. In fact, the feedbacks from the supplier, homeowner, and the contractor are also incorporated for full-fledged perfection. The requirement of materials can be calculated easily as well. BIM is an advanced system that actually helps to keep the costs to an optimum, and not in the excess. Everything is made accurate and perfect.  If you are commencing on a new construction project, do consult with an efficient service handling projects on BIM.
Fortifying existing constructions
Buildings may have weak points vulnerable to the stress of natural disasters. For example, in a hurricane prone area, the roofs must have strong riveting mechanisms to keep it on top. They must not be blown away, so to say. Several things should be considered here. The commercial engineer will set an inspection appointment first. He will note down the areas that need extra fortification. A lot of details should be considered. Water must not be accumulating and freezing in the drains. There should be good draining and cleaning mechanisms.
The basement may need an additional pillar support. Some apartments actually take a lot of risk when the basement car park only has a few pillars. A slight earthquake can get the thing in shambles. However, the commercial structural engineer will implement all of the additional fortification. Another key vulnerability is in leaving a lot of open space on the basement walls. These are actually risky because they cannot sustain the lateral stress of earthquakes very well. The engineer will earmark the areas needing improvement and close in all the loopholes in the basement. Hiring the expert guarantees peace of mind. You will be feeling safe when the expert engineer is at work.

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