Do you know that you are currently stepping on a structurally engineered floor designed to withstand unusual strong typhoon brought by typhoon due to climate change? When by rare chance (God forbid it won’t happen) you will be hit by a magnitude 6.5 earthquake, your place wouldn’t crumble right away. You will be able to find your way out to safety before it does.
These are some of the noble masterpieces of structural engineering. It makes sure that the structure can withstand whatever adversaries it may encounter. From the structure’s self-weight, live loads to external loads, structural engineering pre-calculated your homes to support the design it is intended to. It is important that a newbie structural engineer should know the basic of the structural design of a building.
Structural engineers are the ones responsible for ensuring that materials used in a structure follow certain standard crucial for the overall construction. From the grade of the reinforcing bars, the strength of concrete, roof types and overall aesthetics required for the project. They promote economical materials without compromising quality. They advertise function and safety without raising any unnecessary costs.
Did you know that they are the required to identify the probability occurrence of a natural disaster a place the structure will be built?
Well, that is crucial for designing the structure itself. The optimum factor of safety is given to earthquake-prone places compared to static places. The firmest foundation would lose its function if the soil bearing capacity cannot withstand the weight of the construction. Proper flood control and water surface runways are pre-identified for typhoon susceptible places. Same with dams and other hydro plant projects.
When digging for the foundation of dams or any bodies of water located projects, structural engineers should know when to block and when to release water so it would be safe enough to run the project timeline smoothly. Structural engineers work with other professionals such as geologists, traffic analysts, environmentalists and geotechnical engineers. In other words, structural engineering is not complete in itself without the collective effort of other professional fields.
But, structural engineering is probably one of the most honorable professions there is. Generally unnoticed because they work on behind the highly-fenced construction site not open to public or most often inside their offices concentrating for the design of their projects.
All other professions are housed in buildings built by a structural engineer. From schools to teachers, business towers to the accountants, and condominiums to the bachelors living the time of his life. The economy of any country relies on the goods that pass through the roads, bridges, piers and airports built by a structural engineer. Above all, hospitals are designed and built by structural engineers to survive almost all disasters, as this is the only establishment that everyone runs to after any unforeseen calamity.
It may have been one of the hardest fields to pursue because definitely, the field is not for the average intelligence quotient. When you are one of the chosen few called to become a structural engineer, you know you are fulfilled not by getting high paychecks but by seeing the lives of mankind a little bit better.
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