The complexity of modern structures often requires a great deal of creativity from the engineer in order to ensure the structures support and resist the loads they are subjected to.
Structural building engineering is primarily driven by the creative manipulation of materials and forms and the underlying mathematical and scientific ideas to achieve an end which fulfills its functional requirements and is structurally safe when subjected to all the loads it could reasonably be expected to experience.
The structural design for a building must ensure that the building is able to stand up safely, able to function without excessive deflections or movements which may cause fatigue of structural elements, cracking or failure of fixtures, fittings or partitions, or discomfort for occupants. It must account for movements and forces due to temperature, creep, cracking and imposed loads. It must also ensure that the design is practically build-able within acceptable manufacturing tolerances of the materials.
It must allow the architecture to work, and the building services to fit within the building and function (air conditioning, ventilation, smoke extract, electrics, lighting etc.). The structural design of a modern building can be extremely complex, and often requires a large team to complete.
Any structure is essentially made up of only a small number of different types of elements:
Our structural engineers have knowledge of common structural materials and their properties, not limited to, but including:
Wrought iron, Cast iron
Concrete: Reinforced concrete, Prestressed concrete
Alloy: Steel, Stainless steel
Timber: Hardwood, Softwood
Composite materials: Plywood – in order to understand how different materials support and resist loads.
Other structural materials we have worked with include Adobe, Bamboo, Carbon fibre, Fiber reinforced plastic, Mudbrick and Roofing materials.
Structural engineering depends upon a detailed knowledge of applied mechanics, materials science and applied mathematics to understand and predict how structures support and resist self-weight and imposed loads.
Navi Professional Consulting has more than adequate experience to apply detailed knowledge of relevant empirical and theoretical design codes, the techniques of structural analysis, as well as some knowledge of the corrosion resistance of the materials and structures, especially when those structures are exposed to the external environment.
Our highly experienced team is always abreast in specialist software knowledge – which has become available to aid in the design of structures, with the functionality to assist in the drawing, analysing and designing of structures with maximum precision; examples include AutoCAD, StaadPro, ETABS, Prokon, Revit Structure. This software may also take into consideration environmental loads from earthquakes and winds.