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An overview of the preliminary designs, offering guidance as to the economies of the structural system. These considerations are normally discussed with the architectural profession and client.

An evaluation of the founding conditions on the identified site, so that appropriate foundation design is taken into account at the planning stage. The services of a geotechnical engineer/engineering geologist are often utilized in this regard.

The design and detailing of the final structural system of the residence.

The will include the following:
  • Foundation design where ground conditions render conventional strip foundations inappropriate
  • The design of the structural elements. In particular, this refers to multi-story dwellings where the design of reinforced concrete slabs, columns, and beams are typically required. Alternative designs in structural steelwork or timber are also an option;
  • The design or a general overview of external services such as storm-water management, roads, (pavements), etc.; The supervision of all the above-mentioned aspects of work.
  • During the supervision of the engineering related works, advice on other aspects of the building can also be given. The fee a consulting Engineer will charge is directly related to the work and responsibility he will undertake. Ultimately, the client decides on the role of the engineer.

Typically, the fee for a full engineering service (including supervision) can be negotiated at between 8-12% of the structural cost. The experience of building a dream home can be extremely rewarding. Whatever course of action one chooses to follow, be it the old conventional method of appointing a contractor for the full assignment, or the more challenging and risky method of owner building, be sure to utilize the sound advice of a professional. A consulting engineer can offer advice on all methods of construction, the advantages and disadvantages of all methods of construction must be explained to the client from an unbiased point of view so that the client can make decisions according to his or her expectations.

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