Unbelievable Facts About Structural Engineer
You may have heard about Structural Engineering and the Structural Engineer. Maybe your father is a one. Have you ever thought of who they are and what they do? If your future dream is becoming a one, then you know all about it. In my opinion, a Structural Engineer is a marvelous individual. OK, if you don’t know what he is, see what the Wikipedia says, “Structural engineers analyze, design, plan, and research structural components and structural systems to achieve design goals and ensure the safety and comfort of users or occupants. Their work takes account mainly of safety, technical, economic and environmental concerns, but they may also consider aesthetic and social factors.” What a definition.
A Structural Engineer is a special part of the Civil Engineering industry. Below is what they do:
* Create drawings/specifications.
* Perform calculations.
* Supervise the work of other engineers.
* Write reports/evaluations.
* Finally, observe construction sites.
How many bridges have you crossed? How many skyscrapers have you seen? A Structural Engineer is the one who develops them. Well, that’s not all; they design oil rigs, space shuttles, ships, and aircraft too. In the aerospace and automobile industries also they do a big part. The well-known Eiffel Tower is a great example of Structural Engineering wonders. This 10,100-ton 324 meters tall metal structural stands as a solid piece, and is one of the greatest examples of wondrous Structural Engineering in the 18th century. It’s all the about the calculations that were done by the great Structural Engineers Maurice Koechlin and Émile Nouguier.
Well, you go to your school to learn; go to the hospital when you are sick; go to the shopping mall to buy stuff. The heavy structures don’t fall on you, but why? It’s him who saves thousands of lives. If the Structural Engineer didn’t ensure that the building is strong enough to withstand the forces, what would happen? What is the maximum force on the main cross beam? How many beams do you need to hold the structure together? All these are determined by the Structural Engineer. How many lives is he saving? It’s a noble job.
If your child says, “I want to become a structural Engineer in the future,” you encourage him to become so. This world gives us so many challenges to overcome. Gravity, wind, rain, snow, temperature, earth pressure, earthquakes, and so on. Millions of building across the world overcome the challenges thanks to the calculations. Those marvelous individuals design millions of buildings that are safe for us to live.
I am so proud of my wife. She is a structural engineer. She designed the shopping complex in our town. Thanks to her calculations, thousands of people spend time in there safely. Well, they don’t just concentrate on the rigidity of a structure. They think of human comfort too. What materials to use and where to use? They are the responsible individuals to determine those critical factors.
Some final words
In simple words, Structural Engineers ensure that the bridges don’t collapse and the building/structures don’t fall on you. They calculate all the stresses and design the structures to withstand them. Sophisticated structures, skyscrapers, 165-kilometers bridges, and so on. Structural Engineering has a long history. If your dream is becoming a one, you are noble.