Structural Engineers

The Role Of Structural Engineers In Residential, Commercial And Industrial Construction Projects In Ontario


Construction structural engineering is a field of engineering, which deals with the design and evaluation of structures that carry or support residential homes and commercial buildings loads. It is considered to be a branch of civil engineering, but can be studied on its own.  Structure Engineers, builders and contractors are involved in the design and analysis of beams, columns and other support structures for both buildings and non-buildings structures, such as tunnels, bridges, and much more…

Building contractors who work on construction projects are responsible for analyzing schematics and making sure that the building is safe for occupancy upon project completion. The daily tasks of structure engineers in construction projects include building design review and site visits.  During site visits, they undertake a thorough inspection of different aspects of a residential or commercial building, including foundation, insulation, floors, columns, building envelope, infrastructure, curtain wall, and so forth.

Structure engineers in major construction projects also compare the approved plans with the actual building to ensure that they correspond, and that the entire building meets the building codes for structural safety.   They are also called upon to inspect a project at specific stages of its completion. Once called in, they undertake a detailed review of the entire building using the submitted building plans. If they discover some deficiencies, they list them down and forward them to the builder or Construction Company or general contractor to rectify all issues found during inspection.

For any construction project, be it residential, commercial or industrial, it is essential to involve a civil structural engineering  professional to ensure the stability and safety of the unit and to ensure that it can stand external forces and weight and also to seek input on how to make building strong to resist all kinds of natural external forces and weather.

Structural Engineers


Structure Engineers employed to work in constructions projects requires a high level of efficiency, knowledge, and creativity.  When you are hiring a structural engineer to work on your commercial project, you should ensure that he is well qualified to do the job. A proficient structural engineer will use his design skills to ensure stability, safety and utility of your construction project while considering cost. In most cases, structural engineers work very closely with construction project managers.

They inspect and review equipment and machinery that are built to carry loads in residential and commercial construction projects. The most common projects that are undertaken by these structural engineers include design reviews of vehicles, large machinery, aerospace structures, space crafts and medical equipment. Safety inspections must be carried out in all new designs or prototypes. They involve structured tests to determine the load capacity of the unit.



About Michael Beattie

Michael Beattie is an experienced and highly innovative construction professional who has demonstrated technical expertise as Structure Designer and Construction Manager for over 20 years in Ontario Canada. Some of his most recent commercial projects in Ontario include:

  • Construction Manager Southcore Financial Centre Toronto Development
  • Construction Manager Delta Toronto, a next generation, 45-storey premium 4-star hotel.
  • Construction Manager for the Art Gallery of Ontario—Transformation AGO project
  • Construction Manager Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital

Michael is highly regarded in the construction industry in Ontario Canada as a leader, with a proven track record of producing strong results with a high degree of integrity, dedication and leadership skills. Click link to read more articles from  Michael Beattie 


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