Thank you for visiting our Structural Engineers San Antonio page. Please note we do not provide services in Structural Engineering San Antonio and Structural Engineering Austin or any other type of engineering but we can refer you to companies who provide engineering services.
Unlike most of the San Antonio Engineers inspecting houses, There are very few who can claim they are Structural Engineers because that is the type of branch License designation given by the State of Texas. You may hire an engineering company for much cheaper and yet, hire the completely wrong kind of engineer for the job, which results in paying for a service that doesn’t fully solve your problem (think of it as having a dentist performing brain surgery… hiring the wrong professional for the job). If the engineer doesn't know how to design the framing, then very likely he’s not a structural engineer, which means he also doesn’t know about foundations and the rest of the structure.
Structural Engineers focus exclusively on the structure of a building or house as well as structural site components such as retaining walls, carports, etc. You may ask what is the structure? The Structure of any building or house generally includes the foundation, load bearing walls, shear walls (also known as Braced walls), columns, floor and roof framing.
San Antonio Structural Engineers are familiar and knowledgeable in the most common structural engineering topics in
Framing Structural Engineering Design
Foundation Structural Engineering Design
Foundation Structural Engineering Inspections
Framing Structural Engineering Inspections
Structural Engineers reports (foundation and Rest of the Structure)
House Structural Engineering
House Engineering Inspections
Foundation Structural Engineer Letter for City of
Concrete Pre-pour letters for City of
Elevation measurements of Foundations
Warranty on Engineering Foundation Work through Analysis
General Structural Engineering
Pier and Beam foundations
For assistance in any of the above Structural Engineering Services we can refer you to the right structural engineering company in town. For a more detailed description please see below.
Framing Structural Engineering Design
Framing depends on the purpose of the structure, whether it is for commercial or residential purposes.
For a house, framing is usually wood or light gage steel for high end homes. Structural engineering design of the framing for both the wood option or the light gage steel option includes designing the load bearing walls and the shear walls (known as Braced walls by the City of
The floor and roof framing can be conventionally framed or it can be pre-fabricated members (Trusses, TJIs, etc.). Another Structural Engineer within the fabricating company does the design of those members.
Once the engineer has designed all of these structural members then he will create structural Engineering plans (what some people wrongfully call blue prints). The structural Engineering plans of the frame show plan views of the structure (i.e. looking at the house from the top) as well as sections (i.e. looking at cuts through the house). Both the Plans views and the sections provide enough information for the contractor to know what to build. Some of the things shown in these structural engineering plans are the location of the load bearing walls, the size and spacing of the studs, the length, size, and spacing of the floor elements, connections of the members to each other, sheathing attachment nail size and spacing connection to the studs, etc.
If you use a pre-fabricated Structural Engineered system, such as roof or floor trusses, then the structural engineer of record will show the locations of the trusses and show connections, direction, length, etc. so that the truss fabricator structural engineer knows where to put them.
Foundation Structural Engineering Design
The Foundation also depends on the purpose of the structure, whether it is for commercial or residential purposes. However, we take the words from a local Structural engineering company that says something we completely agree with: Concrete doesn’t know it’s being used for commercial or residential purposes.
For a house, the foundation is usually a concrete slab-on-ground, which is also called a slab-on-grade, although many older homes in
The concrete slab on grade can be conventionally reinforced or cabled reinforced.
Once the engineer has designed all of these foundation members then he will create structural plans (what many people wrongfully call blue prints). The structural engineered plans of the Foundation show plan views of the structure (i.e. looking at the house from the top) as well as sections (i.e. looking at cuts through the house). Both the Plans views and the sections provide enough information for the contractor to know what to build. Some of the things shown in these structural engineer foundation plans are the location of the grade beams, their width, depth, amount of reinforcement, thickness of the slab, type of concrete, etc.
In San Antonio a conventionally reinforced concrete slab on grade is the most common and also the easiest to build.
Foundation Structural Engineering Inspections and Reports
Some engineering companies provide Structural engineer inspections of houses and buildings. These inspections are in actuality assessments. They provide different types of inspections. But in general a qualified structural engineer will go to your property and look for any signs of damages and determines whether the damages are cosmetic or structural.
For houses, the biggest problems Structural Engineers see are problems with foundations. Because many residential foundations in
After the visit to your property, there's a Structural engineer’s report which states what they believe the cause of the damage is and whether it is cosmetic or needs repair. They do this kind of Structural Engineer Reports in
Pier and Beam Foundations
Some engineers also work with pier and beam foundations. Many San Antonio Structural Engineers do not know that Pier and beam foundations for new construction are not allowed by code unless it’s an addition or repair to an existing house which was also built on pier and beam or the soils are not expansive.
For design and production of Structural Engineering construction plans, it’s the same as a slab on grade concrete foundation but we show footings and piers. If requested they can also design and draw the framing that goes between the piers.
For Structural Engineer inspections, they crawl underneath the floor to check for damages to the wood and to the piers. If they see any damages then they’ll write a report telling you what they found wrong with the foundation. If you require a repair, they can also create plans for a fix.
Warranty on Structural Engineering Foundation Work Through Analysis
If you had your house built over 10 years ago or if the builder went out of business, then your house structure is not under warranty. But even if you are under warranty, the only way the Builders warranty will cover structural damages is “if the extent of the damage renders the house unsafe, unsanitary, or otherwise unlivable” – meaning that it is almost impossible, even with major foundation problems, to make a claim against your warranty company. Insurance companies also do not cover foundation or structural problems.
One way to help is by providing a Structural Engineering analysis on your existing or newly built foundation. The analysis includes reviewing foundation plans done by an engineering company and then performing a relative elevation survey of the house. We usually recommend foundation plans done by this Structural Engineer San Antonio tx or this Structural Engineer Austin tx
If we believe your foundation will remain acceptable according to the definition, then they’ll put it in the report, and put a warranty on that work, meaning if your foundation moves more than a certain amount from natural reasons and causes damages then they’ll cover some of those damages.