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Structural Engineering

Structural Steel Design

If you’re currently living in a home with open plan living, or you have large doors/windows, there’s a good chance you have structural steel hidden away in the wall, floor, or roof framing.

Our structural steel design process involves:

  • Reviewing architectural plans and project information
  • Drafting structural steel layout (this may be alongside other structural elements)
  • Engineering design of structural steel, taking into account loads and materials (e.g. metal sheet, tiles, or cladding type) and other loading criteria
  • Design report approved by a registered professional engineer
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When is it required?

Structural steel is typically used where large spans are required and timber beams will not fit due to dimensional constraints. For example, an owner may request an open plan design for the kitchen–dining–lounge. Large two-storey voids may also require structural steel. Used in both timber and steel frame construction, structural steel is an important piece of the puzzle.

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What's included?

The completed design report includes (where applicable) the following elements:

  • Structural steel beam and column layout
  • Steel column sizing or other support requirements
  • Structural steel member sizing
  • Connections details (as required)

Structural experts

With over 30 years’ design experience across thousands of Australian builds, we’re trusted by hundreds of builders across Australia.

Full service

You can enjoy a smoother, more efficient process by also engaging us for your structural, geotechnical, and foundation engineering needs, as well as soil testing and inspections.

Clear reporting

Our easy-to-follow reports are industry-leading and will help you quickly get to the heart of costings and develop your building schedule.

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One engineer for all your needs

Every building project is different, requiring a combination of engineering disciplines. From bottom to top, our engineers can work on soil testing and foundations, all the way up to frame and roof truss design and even inspections. We believe these shouldn’t be thought of as separate, unrelated services.

Whether you’re renovating, extending, building a brand new home, or putting in a pool, you can gain significant benefits from understanding (in advance) the full range of engineering services you might need — and from using the same engineer for all these services.
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Key advantages of integrated services

STA is a one-stop engineer with a service range that delivers three key advantages:

  • Save time and money

Pre-planning your engineering needs means you won’t have to keep re-booking an engineer when you need a particular service. It creates efficiencies that cut service times and save you money by pulling together the services you’ll need, at a lower overall price.

  • Enjoy engineering continuity

With all your engineering done by a single organisation, your consultants tap into a deeper knowledge of the site and the project, which leads to high quality outcomes, with more opportunities for innovative solutions.

  • Less risk, more reliability

While STA always takes legal responsibility for its engineering designs, an up-front engineering services package makes it easier to trust our work with a strong mutual commitment, and reduced risk of potential interruption or delay.

How it works

Engineering consideration – We help you think about your project in engineering terms. What specific services might you need?
Packaged plan – We develop a plan that packages up all the engineering services you need for your individual home or build project.
Prescheduled services – With each service pre-scheduled, we can work more closely with you over the life of the project.

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