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Why Do You Need an Engineer?




So you’re about to tackle a large or small-scale project– it could be anything from a house to a shopping center. You have your plans, architect, and contractor, so what more do you need? An engineer? What purpose do engineers serve in the grand scheme of large and small-scale build outs?


A common misconception is that architects and engineers basically serve the same purpose within a project, prompting the question: Why do I need an engineer? There is certainly some overlap between the two professions, but the differences that exist between the two are vast. An architect will apply scientific standards following artistic principles specified by the client, while the engineer applies scientific and mathematical principles to ensure the building is safe, functional, and occupiable


Engineers accomplish the goals of safety and functionality by determining and selecting the appropriate building materials as well as specifying electrical, A/C, heating, ventilation, and plumbing systems within the project. Engineers must identify and interpret the constraints on each facet of a design in order to produce a successful result. The engineer on your project will be the go-between between the client and the city, constantly checking and verifying code regulations for all the functioning systems within the project.


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Engineers possess the intricate knowledge that must be implemented to ensure a safe and functioning building. Beyond college degrees, engineers are required to pass national licensing examinations and maintain state-specific licensure with renewal.


Engineers are as intricate as the architect and contractor on both large and small projects. Without an engineer, the safety and overall functionality of your project will suffer, potentially creating catastrophic consequences both in timeliness, performance, operation, and finances.


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