Engaging An Engineer For Unique Truss Design: What The Engineer Can Do For Your Trusses

Posted on: 17 July 2016


If you have put in a bid for a construction project, and the client decides that he or she wants a more interesting or uniquely-shaped roof, can you deliver? You might get stuck between a rock and a hard place here; if you continue, you will have to figure out how to make the changes work. If you drop the project, it may make your company look bad and you might lose more projects because of it. Here is where a structural engineer's expertise comes in handy, and here is how the engineer can help you fulfill those unique truss orders.

Examining and Resolving Potential Structural Issues

While you could probably finagle some means of creating the roof shape your client has requested using standard truss shapes, the fact remains that there may be some structural issues for which you did not anticipate. These structural issues can be resolved long before they become a problem by consulting with a structural engineer. The engineer can look at the ideas that the client wants and then use CAD design software to create structurally strong and sound trusses that will also provide the correct shaping. Then the designs can be sent to a truss manufacturer, where the custom trusses can be built before your construction crew gets to the top of the building.

The engineer can also predict where there might be some building integrity issues with these custom trusses. He or she can then order that the trusses be built with extra metal braces and additional wood supports at the key points where the structural integrity issues are expected to occur. With the addition of these braces, you can guarantee your client that his/her unique roof will last and will hold up against extreme weather conditions.

Running Simulations to Show Why and How Some Designs May Be Left Undone

On the flip side of that same coin, a structural engineer can run computerized simulations to show why you may need to drop the project or ask the client to readjust his/her expectations. Because the engineer has already created the program and run the simulation, all you would need to do is show your client the simulation. Then you can discuss other options for the shape of the client's roof and possible alternatives for a custom roof. You may want your consulting engineer to be present so that he/she can best explain the simulation to the client and offer some solutions that the client might find agreeable. Then you would not have to drop the project and could move ahead with the rest of the construction.

To learn more, contact a company like Truss Components of Washington.