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The Structural Engineering Kit: Must Have Tools

The Structural Engineering Kit: Must Have Tools

In this post called Structural Engineering Kit will see that in the world of Structural Engineering, technology plays a huge role in how things are done. Going back throughout the years when most plans were handmade to modern day with all these new sophisticated software designed for architectural engineering. First and foremost, lets cover the basics and review…

“What are Structural Engineer Plans?” Structural Engineers work long and hard hours to complete these plans for each and every specific project, the plans have several components that make the final product complete. The information that is produced during this process is crucial to building a structure that is safe and up to standard to the Building Codes. 𝐀 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐒𝐭𝐫𝐮𝐜𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐬𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠: – 𝐆𝐞𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐥 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐭 – 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐰𝐬 – 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐒𝐡𝐞𝐞𝐭𝐬 – 𝐒𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 – 𝐃𝐞𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐥𝐬 – 𝐄𝐥𝐞𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬

General Notes typically talk about the materials and the responsibilities the Contractor has to go by. All the design codes and criteria are also specified in this section, along with the Geo-Technical Information. The main concept of all of this is to inform you of the strength of the soil, water level, and the recommendation for the foundation. The General notes also talk about the instructions the contractors should follow. The materials have to be very specific and a list of all the delegated items is also on this General Notes page. The Delegated items are basically everything the structure doesn’t require these could be fences, stairs, railings, and all the other miscellaneous metals. The Plan views are a depending on the structure and the floors it has. There’s a foundation plan and a plan is included per each floor until we reach the Roof Framing Plan. The Schedule sheets are more or less the index to the plans it explains what each code means. Throughout the plan, it’s more convenient to put certain codes to explain parts of the structural design and in this schedule sheet, it has all the classifications with the explanation for each of them. The Sections of the plan are shown in the aspect of the structure being cut in half and explaining exactly what the inside of each side looks like for a structural point of view. The Details are a zoomed in version into the small details like connections, these could be concrete or steel. There are general details and then specific details, and The Elevation is the outside perspective of the building for each of the sides. The second portion of the General plans are the calculations. We use Etabs when we calculate new construction. The Calculations of the structural general plans are what summarizes the structural members for the intent loading, these could be typical or environmental. Some of the programs being used today by engineers are AutoCAD, Risa-3D, Etabs, and Revit. The most common is definitely AutoCAD as it has been around since December 1982. Since then a lot of different software’s have been developed to emphasize certain areas. Eastern Engineering Group has kept up with all the innovative technological updates that have been created for Structural Engineering. Currently, we use Etabs and Risa-3D for most of our calculations but we are slowly progressing to Revit to minimize the time and effort it would take to draft certain structures.

The main difference between AutoCAD and Revit is that AutoCAD is primarily a drafting tool to create basic geometry that represents real life, while Revit is used to create geometry that’s equipped with real-life information, hence the term building information modeling, or BIM.

Eastern Engineering Group has become one of the only Structural Engineering firms that is so technology forward that we have had our own in-house development of certain online platforms that will give you an instant quote online for your Structural Shop Drawings, Structural Quote, and Wind Load Certificates. We are constantly improving the way we work to facilitate our customers needs. Our main goal is to save our clients time and be as open to them as possible with as much transparency and communication as we possibly can by having a specialized quote without the constant need of discussing prices with an engineer by consulting companies.

structural engineering kit

structural engineering kit

Structural Quote Online was developed to assist architects, contractors and developers, with a hassle-free, accessible and quick manner, in which a Request for Proposal can be executed in less than 2 minutes, and instantly responded as a contractual Fee Proposal for structural design services. The Structural Quote Online tool is designed based on historical fee data and construction industry trends, utilizing records from our 13-year history of services and a design experience of over 5000 low to mid-rise residential and commercial structures across the nation. With Structural Quote Online one can quickly obtain instant design fees for the following types of conventional structural systems in the state of Florida: • Additions • Single Family Homes • Custom/Spec. Homes With Structural Quote Online one can also request to be contacted, and one can attach project-specific information for the following types of structures of any structural system: • Renovations • Structural Repairs • Duplex/Townhomes • Low/Mid Rise Buildings


Eastern Engineering Group with 10 years of experience providing 40 year Re certification in Miami Dade and Broward is offering online quote request to our clients. For a limited time, we will be providing free Wind Load Certificates to clients in South Florida. All you need to do is submit your info, then schedule your pick-up. This offer is only valid for pick-up. We can provide you with private Building Code Plan Review and Building Code Inspections as an alternative to the typical Building Department. Our professional staff will provide you with the highest level of customer service, from administrative assistance, to the complex interpretation of the Florida Building Codes and the specific requirements of the Building Inspection Process. Eastern Engineering Group also offers an assessment of whether the authoring engineer exhibited good engineering practice in providing the service to the client. Additionally, we will provide information as to whether the engineer has followed appropriate industry-accepted methodologies, employed a logical design or analytical process, and properly considered all applicable regulations, standards, codes, and best design principles.

𝐄𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐩 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐩𝐫𝐢𝐝𝐞 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐥𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐝𝐮𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞𝐥𝐲 𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐜𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐫’𝐬 𝐝𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬.

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