When it comes to finding the right construction engineer for your new build or property renovation, it can be difficult to decide from which to choose. Is it best to go for somebody who you already know and trust, or should you rely on a professional that knows the industry inside out? To help you decide on the right professional for your job, we have put together five things you may not have known about the role of a construction engineer.
- They can use computers to design your property
In an increasingly digital world, more construction engineers than ever are learning how to use computer-aided design (CAD) technology to improve the service they offer to their customers. For you, this means you can rely on their expertise and cut the costs of working with a separate planner or architect before commissioning your building work.
CAD technology not only allows you to see a 3D model of your new home or property development, but it can also be used to make subtle changes to your design, analyse the impact of structural changes and cut the costs of planning on paper. Before you choose a construction engineer, find out whether they have experience with computer aided design and ask for a mock-up of your construction work so all parties know exactly what the finished outcome should look like.
- They’re more flexible than you think
Most construction engineers focus their skill in one certain area of construction. For building engineers, a contractor is likely to have experience working in commercial and domestic buildings, however, they may also have experience working in highway engineering, mechanical engineering and electrical engineering. Before you begin your project, find out what your engineer has done in the past and use their skills accordingly. You may find that you can get an all-in-one service working with one contractor instead of relying on several individual firms to complete separate tasks.
- They use the internet to quote for your job
While the budget of your project is ultimately down to you, a professional contractor will be able to give you an estimate for your job. Sitting down with a cup of tea and talking through the ins and outs of your project is good, but more contractors than ever are turning to My Build Estimate to quote for their next jobs. Not only does this allow them to produce winning quotations, which will generate more business, but it helps them to budget for the job to maximise their returns.
Similarly, self-builders can use My Build Estimate to enjoy added reassurance of their costing accuracy, and domestic customers are also welcome to use the service to work out precise costings of their project before awarding work to a contractor.
- They have years of qualifications and on-site experience
Construction engineers are required to have completed a three-year three-year Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) degree or a four-year Master’s (MEng) degree in civil engineering before they can carry out any major building work or start a construction company. Some engineers may enter the profession by starting out on an apprenticeship or traineeship scheme to achieve the necessary skills and experience required to work in such profession.
In addition to the qualifications required to work within the industry, you should also ask your construction engineer about their experience and successful projects. The chances are, your engineer will specialise in a particular field – whether that’s domestic property renovations or commercial property construction – so find out what they’ve done in the past to make your decision.
- There are thousands to choose from!
Construction is a particularly lucrative market, and as such, there are thousands of construction engineers to choose from when it comes to your next building project. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that, in the UK alone, there are 31,346 property development companies and 32,546 residential construction companies, indicating the sheer volume of organisations competing for your trade. When you begin the process of choosing a construction engineer, bear in mind that you have choice – so find one that ticks off all your property development boxes.
By taking time out to analyse your contractor, you’ll be able to maximise the effectiveness of your next property development project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, look at testimonials and meet with several companies in order to find the right service for you.