During the construction process as a property owner, you may end up working with a long list of skilled professionals to get the project completed. One such professional is an engineering consultant. These professionals offer independent service expertise in the fields of structural engineering and usually work with construction firms to ensure everything about an intended build is perfectly and pointedly planned. If you will be working with an engineering consulting firm or engineering consultant for the first time, you may want to know exactly what you can expect during the process.
The consultant will work with you and your project manager to discuss plans and layouts.
You may already have plans you have created with the help of an architect, or maybe you just have general outlines of what the plan for the structure looks like. In either case, an engineering consultant will be one of the primary contacts during the time you are getting the exact plans laid out. The engineer goes a bit further in-depth into building plans than a general architect by utilizing their knowledge of building science, so their input here is exceptionally valuable to make sure you end up with a structure that is sound and functional.
The consultant will work directly with CAD professionals to draft digital images.
CAD (computer-aided drafting) professionals will take general outlines and drawings and create a digital image to coincide with the planned build. While some architects work with CAD professionals, engineering consultants may do so as well.
The consultant will relay drawings and guidance to the design team as needed.
Of course, before a project gets underway, the plans for the building will need to be examined and understood by every team member who is part of the building design team. Once you have brought in the engineering consultant for help, this professional will make sure all new drawings and digital imagery get properly relayed and covered with the design team.
The consultant will visit the building site frequently.
The engineering consultant is not just an integral part of the initial planning phase of a construction project; they will typically hang around through to nearly the end. Every once in a while, you can expect the professional to check-in at the building site to make sure everything is going as planned. If you have run into any issues with the overall existing design, having the consulting engineer available can be a great help to work through those issues.