Structural engineering is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. Structural engineering is usually considered a specialty within civil engineering, but it can also be studied in its own right.
McGee Engineering's structural engineers are most commonly involved in the design of fine homes, churches and commercial buildings and large non-building structures but they can also be involved in the design of any item where structural integrity affects the item's function or safety. McGee Engineering structural engineers must ensure their designs satisfy given design criteria, predicated on safety (e.g. structures must not collapse without due warning) or serviceability and performance (e.g. building sway must not cause discomfort to the occupants).
Structural engineering theory is based upon physical laws and empirical knowledge of the structural performance of different geometries and materials. Structural engineering design utilizes a relatively small number of basic structural elements to build up structural systems than can be very complex. Our structural engineers are responsible for making creative and efficient use of funds, structural elements and materials to achieve these goals.