Who writes a structural report?

Who writes a structural report?


Who writes a structural report?

A structural report or survey is written by a structural engineer, preferably a chartered structural engineer. Structures Made Easy reports are all carried out done by a chartered Structural / Civil Engineer and the team holds an array of qualifications such as as BSc(Eng), BEng (Hons), MSc, CEng MIStructE (institution of structural engineers).  

A structural report needs to be written by a structural engineer, rather than a building surveyor  or chartered surveyor.  This is because structural engineers alone have the knowledge and experience of structural matters that are essential to an accurate investigation and diagnosis of any structural issues with your property.

The same Structures Made Easy engineer who carries out the site inspection then interpret and analyse their finding before writing the report to include the results, conclusions and recommendations.  It is strongly preferable the engineer is a chartered structural engineer since this confirms they have attained the requisite levels of experience and analytical understanding that are required for a reliable report.  

In addition to being chartered, it is essential the structural engineer has experience of buildings from many different eras. This experience will provide a familiarity with the probable forms of construction used for the various areas of your property.   This would include such items as:

  • The type and position of the foundations.
  • The type, size and position of load-bearing walls.
  • The construction of the floors and how they are supported.
  • The construction of the perimeter walls and lintels over windows and doors.
  • The roof construction.
  • Support of chimney breasts or extensions.

A structural engineer’s experience will also help determine how local conditions can affect the structure.  Those local conditions might include:

  • Ground conditions that support the foundations
  • Ground water levels locally
  • Species of trees and how each species has different effects
  • Local topography of slopes and ground levels
  • Adjacent buildings
  • Seasonal effects of weather on foundations

Combining these areas of experienced knowledge is vital to understanding if or how movement has occurred in a building, and how best it might be addressed.  

The majority of homes in London were built in the Victorian or Edwardian eras but many have also been built since.  At Structures-Made-Easy we have in-depth experience of buildings from the Georgian period to the present day, from terraced houses to skyscrapers or multi-storey basement extensions.

If you would like to discuss further please feel free to contact us using our email support@structures-made-easy.co.uk or call us on 0207 965 7376  

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