As a result, professional liability insurance rates for structural engineers have been increasing, leading to the creation of the Risk Management Program (RMP).
In addition, efforts are underway to establish board certification at the national level and expand separate licensure at the state level to "raise the bar" of qualifications to practice structural engineering.
is a step-by-step methodology which identifies dysfunctional aspects of work flow, procedures, structures and systems, realigns them to fit current business realities/goals and then develops plans to implement the new changes.
The process focuses on improving both the technical and people side of the business.
The SER can provide valuable input into these decisions, addressing such factors as: Early SER involvement is especially critical for fast-track and design-build projects, when it is often necessary to issue the structural construction documents well in advance of those prepared by other disciplines.
Even in conventional design-bid-build situations, the structural system is the first to be constructed, providing the underlying framework for the rest.No set of documents is perfect; review of submittals and firsthand observations at the site may reveal conflicts between disciplines or misinterpretations by the contractor at a point in time when it is still possible to correct them with minimal cost and schedule impacts.Structural engineers have a uniquely significant responsibility for protecting the public relative to the other design disciplines.Every part of a building is subject to the effects of outside forces—gravity, wind, earthquakes, and temperature changes, to name a few.Throughout history, people have constructed buildings that have withstood these forces over a long period of time, primarily using rules of thumb derived from their own experiences and those of their predecessors.In recent centuries, the scientific and industrial revolutions introduced analytical approaches that allowed designers to go beyond empirical limitations and predict the behavior of building systems and components that existed only in their imaginations.This gave rise to the formalization and specialization of the modern engineering profession, which in turn led to more accurate and cost-effective designs.Architectural, mechanical, and electrical system failures usually result in unattractiveness, poor functionality, discomfort and/or inconvenience.A structural system failure almost always has more serious consequences, even in the best cases, there are often substantial costs associated with correcting what is or could become a life-threatening situation.(At times, senior teams may go through either a strategic planning process or an executive team development process prior to beginning a redesign initiative, depending on how clear they are about their strategy and how well they work together as a team.) Assess the current state of the business You don’t want to begin making changes until you have a good understanding of the current organization.Using our Transformation Model, we facilitate a comprehensive assessment of your organization to understand how it functions, its strengths and weaknesses, and alignment to your core ideology and business strategy.