Structural Element Design

What is Structural Element Design?

Structural element design involves determining the appropriate dimensions, shape, material properties, and other design parameters for a structural component to ensure it can withstand the loads and forces acting upon it within a given structure.

This process requires analysing the structural behaviour of the element, considering different design options and selecting the most suitable solution based on performance, safety, and economic considerations.

The design process usually involves mathematical models, computer simulations and testing to ensure that the element meets the desired performance standards and complies with relevant building codes and regulations.

Element design is a crucial aspect of the overall design process, ensuring that a structure is safe and durable.

Calculations can be completed for structural elements of all types and sizes, including:

  • Onsite works
  • Temporary propping – structural openings in existing walls.
  • Hoarding design – embedded or weighted solutions.
  • Plant support and screens – bespoke designs to support and conceal plant equipment effectively.
  • Bespoke elements.
  • Stairs and balustrades formed from timber, metal or glass
  • External timber decking.
  • Retaining walls and boundary walls.
  • Existing and new retaining structures and boundary walls of many styles, traditional and modern.

Why choose us?

We are a structural engineering practice based in Truro offering a full range of structural engineering services, including structural engineer reports. Form’s team consists of highly experienced and capable engineers, technicians and support staff. We pride ourselves on our friendly and proactive approach with the aim of being responsive to our client’s requirements from the initial enquiry stage, providing advice and through to project completion.

We use modern structural engineering analysis and building modelling software to produce well communicated, efficient designs. We collaborate with the client and other members of the creative team to develop a design that meets all requirements and needs, considers the architectural scheme and the existing site.

Our services include:

  • Structural Design.
  • Building Control Calculations.
  • Structural Element Design.
  • Structural Engineer Reports.
  • Party Wall Surveys.
  • Construction Quality Inspections.

We understand the need to work closely alongside agents and architects as part of the design team during the detailed stage of any project. This approach limits delays in the preparation of potential construction/tender packages.

We also recognise the importance of:

  • Timescales for initial markups to allow the architect to move forward with the scheme.
  • Working with and having discussions/ flexibility on the approach to the engineering to allow consideration during the design process.
  • Tailoring our output to meet the need and budget of the project.
  • Clear and concise drawings and details for easy interpretation.

Whether you are an individual private client, small business or larger company we recognise that your project represents a significant investment, we always aim to deliver a good quality service to support any of our clients through the design and construction stage.

Contact us today about your structural engineering requirements.

If Form can help with any structural advice, a fee proposal or structural appraisal, you can contact us here.

Alternatively, you can email or call 01872 630 150.