You might be thinking when you need a structural engineer if you want to build a new building or fix up an old one. Here are sometimes when you might need a structural engineer:
New construction: If you are building a new house or business, you will probably need a structural engineer to design the foundation and framing systems and make sure the building meets local building codes and laws.
Renovations or additions: If you want to make changes to an existing building or add on to it, you may need a structural engineer to look at the building and plan any changes that are needed to make sure the new building is safe and built well.
Changes in use: If you want to change how a building is used, like turning a house into a business, you may need a structural engineer to look at the building and make any changes that are needed to make sure it can support the new use.
Damage to the structure: If your building has been damaged by a natural disaster, an accident, or something else, a structural engineer can look at the damage and plan any repairs that are needed to make sure the building is safe and sound.
Compliance with building codes: If you’re not sure if your structure meets local building codes and rules, a structural engineer can look at it and make any changes that are needed to make sure it does.
In the end, a structural engineer may be needed for new building, renovations, and repairs, among other things. It is always a good idea to talk to a structural engineer early on in the planning process to make sure that your structure is safe, sound, and built according to local building codes.
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