What Construction Engineering Does For Contractors
Construction engineers are key players in promoting the successful implementation of any project worth its time and expense. They work with contractors to determine project challenges and to improve supply chain efficiency. Experienced construction engineers operate by the concept of value engineering. Their primary focus is to provide effective solutions without sacrificing the functionality of materials or components. Essentially, construction engineers deliver labor, equipment, and materials savings to contractors by using the least expensive materials to meet project requirements.
Most importantly, construction engineers ensure that strict compliance to OSHA environmental and work safety regulations is maintained in support of a zero-incident culture. These professionals work closely with safety officers to identify potential hazards and to develop adequate mitigation responses. They ensure that local, state, and federal permits are in order.
Construction engineers working in close collaboration with safety officers can reduce a contractor’s worker’s compensation EMR (Experience Modification Rate). An EMR quantifies a contractor’s safety record and future claims risk. A lower EMR leads to lower insurance premiums.
Construction engineers are also the backbone of the planning and execution phases of projects. They provide constructive technical input to the design team as needed. They encourage collaboration between construction and operations personnel, eliminating costly rework expenses. Additionally, these professionals coordinate between project architects and contractors to resolve any discrepancies in design plans and material delays.
Construction engineers deliver substantial time and money savings to contractors.
Construction engineers determine which portions of a project are to commence first. They ensure that these initial areas are stabilized before other activities are allowed to begin. In practice, contractors value flexibility in determining the construction sequence of any project. This traditional flexibility is often an instrumental factor in reducing short-term decreases in the profit margin.
The expert technical advice provided by construction engineers is crucial to reducing fatal workplace accidents. In 1991, OSHA reported that 3 workers at the Georgia Dome construction site in Atlanta died after a collapsed steel post collided with their work platform. The deaths appeared to be the result of improper sequencing procedures.
The report states that the steel erection contractor determined the construction sequence without submitting computations involving diagonals and the elevation of roof structure nodes to the structural/ construction engineer.
According to the OSHA report, no calculations were made to determine the integrity of the connection plates that supported the obligatory construction loads. A skilled construction engineer would have identified discrepancies in the construction sequencing process. At DH Glabe, our engineers specialize in finite element analysis, using computational models to demonstrate how physical objects react to imposed loads.
Additionally, our engineers combine their scaffolding expertise with intimate knowledge of the requisite OSHA, Cal-OSHA, ANSI, EM385 and SSFI standards. This delivers cost savings to contractors and ensures workplace safety at the same time.
Temporary Structures Engineering
DH Glabe & Associates also specializes in concrete shoring, formwork, earth shoring, and reshoring engineering. Our construction engineers utilize leading-edge earth shoring engineering solutions, including H-piles, geogrid, geofoam, cantilever walls, secant pile walls, and pre-manufactured trench boxes.
They have exhaustive knowledge of reshoring components for new building construction, including aluminum and steel beams, Ellis shores, specialty clamps, and shoring frames. For concrete shoring projects, our expertise extends from concrete shoring design components such as 10 k shoring, 25 k shoring, 100 k shoring, hydraulic jacks, and stick-built shoring, to products by concrete shoring equipment manufacturers such as WACO, EFCO, Dayton, Aluma, PERI, and Titan.
Our engineers comply with safety regulations and load design provisions to mitigate construction accidents.
Safety Construction Engineering
Last, but not least, our skilled construction engineers deliver an extra layer of cost and time savings through the implementation of efficient procedures for demolition projects. Our demolition, rigging, and girder plans meet or exceed OSHA standards, preventing rigging accidents and needless deaths.