Choosing a structural engineer for your construction project

How to choose a structural engineer

If you are planning significant construction work on any building, whether it’s a home or business, employing a structural engineer is essential to ensuring the project progresses safely, efficiently and cost effectively. Choosing the right engineer is crucial to the overall success of your project, but it can be a tricky task, especially if you have never hired one before. In this blog we look at five things you should consider before making your decision.

Check accreditations and qualifications

When employing a structural engineering firm, you should ensure it holds an accreditation from a respected professional body, such as the Institution of Structural Engineers or the Institution of Civil Engineers. If your engineer is a member of these institutions they will be chartered, which is a mark of their level of ability, experience and skill.

Ensure your engineer is insured

As well as having the right qualifications, it is vital your engineer has the correct insurance. They should hold a sufficient level of Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) to cover the cost of the structural components of your project, so you can rest assured that you are covered in the unlikely event that you encounter a problem.

Look at experience and past projects

Does your structural engineer have previous experience working on similar projects? It is always worth checking to see if you can find an engineer with specific expertise relevant to your requirements. Look at past projects on their website to get an idea of the type of work your engineer does best. You can see some of the projects we have worked on here.

Read customer reviews

You need to be able to rely on your structural engineer to communicate with you effectively, keep you updated, and deliver what has been promised on time to keep your project running smoothly. One of the best ways to get an idea of what you can expect from your engineer is by checking to see what their previous clients say.

Consider the deliverables – time and cost

The cost of hiring a structural engineer can vary greatly so it is important you know what you’re getting for your money and when it will be delivered. Make sure you establish what is included in the quote and check if there are likely to be any extra costs, e.g. additional site visits or drawings. Remember that the cheapest option may not be the best so you should weigh up the cost with other factors such as the reputation and experience of the firm and whether they can deliver your project on time.

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