“What are Structural Engineer Plans?”

“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 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.

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