What is Structural Engineering?
Structural Engineers are responsible for designing the support systems, such as the foundations, columns, beams, slabs, and other load-bearing elements. Architects design the building’s appearance and use of space and the structural engineer’s job is to ensure the building can carry its own weight and is strong and stable enough to withstand all the pressures of the environment. This includes the materials used in construction as well as the types of extra strengthening that may be required to achieve specific aesthetic aspects.
Structural engineering design also identifies and details all of the structural elements and materials to ensure that these items are itemised so that they can be factored into the construction costs as well as providing the construction team with clear plans to build from.
Specific Engineered Design (SED)
The heart of structural engineering is Specific Engineered Design (SED). This type of design work is undertaken once the geotechnical report and building plans have been provided to us. SED encompasses the drawings, reporting and specification documentation critical to NZBC criteria and in the procurement of construction contracts.
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Engaging us early to to identify problems before they occur and you will save money, time and heartache further down the track.
HIGHT can provide structural design work at all stages of the design process, from concept testing through to the final drawings. However, the best time to engage HIGHT is in the early exploratory and concept stages of design.
Our experience developing innovative concepts and undertaking structural design over hundreds of diverse projects means that we can often identify problems before they occur, to help save money, time and heartache later.