STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING MATERIALS

What Types of Construction Materials Are Used For Buildings?

Types of Building Materials Used in Construction There are many types of materials used in construction. The most common types of materials I work with on a regular basis are reinforced concrete, steel, wood and masonry. Each material has different properties such as density, strength, durability and cost which makes some more suitable than others …

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What kind of projects do structural engineers work on?

Types of Structural Engineering Projects   As an engineer at one of the top structural engineering firms in Winnipeg, I have had the privilege of working on many different types of projects. The projects range from small to large, simple to complex. All projects I work on allow me to use my problem solving as …

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What Are Beams and Columns in Structural Engineering?

Beams and columns are two important types of structural elements that play a key role in creating a safe load path to transfer the weight and forces on a structure to the foundations and into the ground. Beams and columns could be built using the same shapes and materials but each serves a different function …

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What is Structural Engineering and What do Structural Engineers Do?

WHAT IS STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING?   Structural engineering is a branch of civil engineering that involves the application of the laws of physics, mathematics and empirical knowledge to safely design the ‘bones’ and load bearing elements of man made structures. Modern day structural engineering provides a large and detailed body of knowledge that can accurately predict …

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What loads are considered when designing a building or structure?

As a structural engineer, I am always dealing with loads and how a structure can resist those loads. A load is pretty much a force that a building or structure needs to be able to resist. Loads cause stresses and deformations to a structure and it is my job to make sure that a structure …

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Building Foundations

What are Building Foundations and How Do Foundations Distribute Loads?

When the average person thinks of a foundation, the basement walls of their home likely come to mind. Or they are thinking about that person who calls them every year at the same time to ask for a donation… A basement wall, or foundation wall, is the part of a structure that resists loading from …

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