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4 Reasons Contractors Need Their Own Structural Engineers on Their Projects

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When designing a construction project, few people realize that the designer often cannot answer common questions that arise during the construction process. The owner’s structural engineer, better known as the engineer of record (EOR), is hired primarily to design the project, but after the plans have been approved, the EOR does not get involved with the means and methods the contractor uses to deliver a finished project. This often leaves contractors flying blind, so to speak, as many times the plans contain errors or lack sufficient instructions. For these reasons, it is a good idea for contractors to hire their own, independent structural engineer, known as a contractor’s engineer.
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How Construction Engineering Can Benefit Contractors

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Construction engineers are key players in promoting the successful implementation of any project worth its time and expense. They work with contractors to identify project challenges, provide value engineering, and ensure safety. Their primary focus is to provide effective solutions without sacrificing the functionality of the final product. Essentially, construction engineers deliver labor, equipment, and materials savings to contractors by employing efficient construction methods to optimize constructability without sacrificing safety.
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Qualified Engineer Needed?

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Various standards and codes require that an engineer’s services are to be used for certain scaffold designs and installations.  Is that really necessary?  After all, thousands of scaffolds are constructed daily without any input from engineers.  Furthermore, do these engineers need to be qualified engineers or will any engineer be acceptable?  And even furthermore, aren’t scaffolds only to be designed by a qualified person.  And even more furthermore, doesn’t the U.S. federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration, OSHA, have one regulation that requires a “registered professional engineer” and other regulation that requires a “qualified engineer?”  Is there a difference?  Can you be a qualified engineer without being a professional engineer and can you be a professional engineer without being qualified?  The answer is yes, yes, yes and yes.

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What to Know About Falsework

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With any large construction project, there are multiple stages where the structure isn’t ready to support itself.

That’s where falsework comes in. Similar to a parent’s job with their child, falsework’s job is to provide support until the structure can be supported on its own.

What else is important to know about falsework’s role in construction? Keep reading to learn more.

1. It is Different Than Formwork!

First off, falsework is not synonymous with formwork! While both of these structures play similar roles in construction, they have key differences to be aware of.
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