The Working Scheme of a Structure Consultant

Its been almost 7 months since my first day working as a structure engineer in construction world. I working as a Structure Consultant in which i have handled several project from simple struss structure, lowrise-building up to medium-rise-building (still waiting for my opportunity to design highrise-building). Each of construction project have its own ‘uniqueness’ due to the region, environment and special characteristic. But, eventough the demand and design requirement from each projects are different, i do aware that the the working scheme are mostly similar from one to another.

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After the client contact the company, the director will assign the project to the engineer (as a gamer terminology it’ll be like; “sometime solo-quest, sometime party-quest” 😀 ). Engineer(s) whose in charge later on will be given a brief explanation regarding the work that will begiven to them. On this phase, Drawing from architect, all the demand from the Owner, Architect or even Contractor will be noted to be evaluated during analysis phase.

The work, always, start from the drawing. Before going further we must know precisely about the structure that we’re going to design, right?. Understanding about what the room going to be filled with, what and how much load going to be assigned, how the system of structure going to be work, precise locations of columns and beams, what type of foundation suitable for the building and other consideration that will support the design are very crucial to be done.

After the design data has been decided the the work continue with modeling phase. In the company that i currently working, we use StaadPro to help the analyze the structure. Several stages of analysis were performed in order to obtain the exact result, such as; the dimension of column, beams and plate. Later on the result were converted into drawing. Architect and owner later on review the drawing and perhaps give several comment and request. Then we were check the design whether the request acceptable or not. Drawing were finalized after the owner okay with the design we submitted.That design became the gudance for contractor to do a detil drawing. This is mostly the scheme that i have felt during my day as a structure engineer.

Feel free to share your thought regarding my experience of designing a structure, until next time! 😀

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The Concept of BIM and Possibilities

“A concept of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the concept that could perform the next level of planning. BIM is an approach to support the design, construct and management activity. The ability of BIM would make the civil engineer and other parties involved in the project to make a better and precise decision. (Liang, 2015)”

The statement above are one of the main reasons of my prefference in deciding what i am gonna do for my final project research. During my period of study i do aware that construction industry require a good coordinator between parties who involved.

As a structure engineer (which currently what i am now), the design that served should match with the design from Architecture. The matching process, in reality, isn’t as simple as it sounds. From several project that i am working, demand from the architect mostly ‘a bit’ different from the design that submitted by the structure enginer. Re-evaluating, re-design and re-modeling might require in order to fullfill, or atleast considerably okay, the demand from the architect. Once the design is fixed by both parties, the owner of the project will be informed. Design, material and cost will be evaluated by the owner before giving a final words regarding the project continuity. If the owner was okay with the design then it will be executed by appointed contractors, but if the owner want some adjustment then the designing phase will be repeated all – over again (x.x’).

By the existence of BIM, it is expected that all parties which involved aware regarding the change and the demand from the owner. good comunication possibilities and easy access to the project as a whole will make the flaws that might occurs in the project