• Analysing configurations of the basic structural components of a building or other structure
  • Calculating the pressures, stresses and strains that each component, such as a beam or lintel, will experience from other parts of the structure due to human use or environmental pressures such as weather or earthquakes
  • Considering the strength of various materials, e.g. timber, concrete, steel and brick, to see how their inclusion may necessitate a change of structural design
  • Liaising with other designers, including architects, to agree on safe designs and their fit with the aesthetic concept of the construction
  • Examining structures at risk of collapse and advising how to improve their structural integrity, such as recommending removal or repair of defective parts or rebuilding the entire structure
  • Making drawings, specifications and computer models of structures for building contractors
  • Working with geotechnical engineers to investigate ground conditions and analyse results of soil sample and in situ tests
  • Liaising with construction contractors to ensure that newly erected buildings are structurally sound
  • Applying expert knowledge of the forces that act on various structures
  • Using computers and computer-aided design (CAD) technology for simulation purposes