Structural Engineer – How to Choose

Tips and things to look out for when looking to appoint a structural engineer.


When it comes to choosing a structural engineer, it’s all about finding a trustworthy professional who meets your specific needs. To achieve this, it’s essential to consider key factors to ensure you get top-notch service without breaking the bank.


This involves assessing your project’s requirements, creating a reputable list of potential companies, verifying certifications, and reviewing their track record with previous projects.


Engaging an ill-suited structural engineer for your project has the potential to jeopardise the stability of the structure, cause significant project delays, and inflict unnecessary stress and costs on both the structure itself and all stakeholders.


Structural Engineers are needed in a variety of situations, including:


New Construction: Structural engineers play a crucial role in the design and construction of structures, ensuring that they are safe, stable, and able to support the intended loads.

Renovations and Remodelling: A structural engineer may be required to assess the impact of changes on the building’s structural integrity. This is particularly important when removing walls, adding stories, or making significant alterations.

Foundation Issues: If there are concerns about the stability of a building or signs of foundation problems such as cracks, settling, or uneven floors, a structural engineer can assess the situation and recommend appropriate solutions.

Structural Assessments: In some cases, property owners may want to assess the overall structural condition of their buildings. This could be for safety reasons, insurance purposes, or before buying or selling a property.

Code Compliance: Structural engineers ensure that structures comply with local building codes and regulations. They play a crucial role in obtaining permits for construction projects.

Temporary Structures: For events such as concerts, festivals, or construction projects involving temporary structures, a structural engineer may be needed to ensure the safety and stability of these temporary installations.


Let’s rewind – It’s crucial to take into account essential factors to guarantee you receive high-quality service. Let’s break down the things to consider:


Assessing your project’s requirements

Every project has unique needs and challenges. By understanding your project’s requirements, you can find a structural engineer with the specific expertise and experience relevant to your project type.


This will also allow the structural engineer to anticipate potential challenges and develop efficient solutions tailored to your project’s characteristics. This proactive approach can save time and resources during the design and construction phases.


Creating a reputable list of potential companies

It’s common in the industry for people to establish professional connections through consistent collaborations across multiple projects.


These firms or professionals are more likely to have a proven track record, certifications, and positive reviews, reducing the risk of subpar performance. This ensures that you can explore a variety of expertise, services, and pricing structures.


Check certifications

This ensures that the engineer has the necessary knowledge and skills to handle the complexities of structural design and analysis, as well as making sure they’re familiar with and understands the legal and regulatory frameworks, reducing the risk of subpar performance, errors in design, or construction issues.


Reviewing their track record with previous projects

Examining past projects allows you to assess the engineer’s performance in terms of project completion, adherence to deadlines, and overall success. It provides insights into their ability to meet project goals and objectives.


Assessing client feedback from previous projects helps gauge the level of satisfaction with the engineer’s services. A company lacking reviews or testimonials on their website, or if such information is obscure and hard to find, could potentially be a red flag.


Thriving on challenges, Superstructures embrace both large and small projects across diverse sectors in the construction industry including education, commercial, domestic and leisure sectors. We have a strong background in design and extensive experience in structural engineering practice, combining to produce a fresh approach to our projects.


Get in touch if you’d like to discuss our structural engineering expertise.