Every building from a simple warehouse to a high rise skyscraper, a beautiful cathedral to a purely functional parking garage, is subject to varied set of demands on its structural integrity. These demands could be external to the building, such as wind, rain, and other environmental factors, or they could be internal to the building, such as the structure’s own weight and material load. Structural engineering ensures that the building or structure can safely stand up to these pressures.
The Importance of Structural Engineering
In the public consciousness it is common for other more high-profile disciplines to receive the lion’s share of attention. For example architecture, which deals with the shape and form of the building, and construction, which physically builds the structure are more readily visible and easily understood. However, structural engineering is every bit as important as architecture and construction because it is structural engineering that allows them to exist in the first place. No matter how beautiful a building or how efficiently it is built, if it is not structurally sound it will be subject to catastrophic failure. Structural engineering makes the world we live in safe and functional.
Fittz & Shipman’s Structural Engineering Services
Fittz & Shipman’s senior staff has over 150 years of combined experience providing outstanding engineering services. We have the expertise and resources necessary to take any structural engineering project from its earliest conceptual phase to a fully realized building or structure. We will perform the structural design itself, assist with building permits, conduct structural calculations, and inspect and evaluate the foundation to ensure that it can safely support the structure.
- Foundation Evaluation and Inspection
- Structural Design
- Structural Calculations
- Drawings and Specifications
- Bridge Design
- Structural Investigations, Inspection, & Studies
- Lateral Force Evaluations
- Structural Testing
- Building Permit Requirements
Fittz & Shipman has been performing safe, reliable structural engineering throughout the Southeast Texas community for over 30 years. We have served all types of clients including municipal governments, commercial and industrial businesses, educational institutions and others. Our clients have entrusted us with the structural integrity of their most important buildings and we have responded with an unwavering commitment to quality, safety, and reliability. We look forward to continuing this important work and bringing outstanding structural engineering to our community one building at a time.