Special Considerations for Structural Engineering Practices


When it comes to the built environment, structural engineers play a critical role. From massive infrastructure facilities to bridges to high-rise buildings and more, these engineers analyze loads and select materials and members to verify structural soundness and code compliance. One of the obvious risks that come with structural engineering includes the potential of errors and omissions in calculations, construction plans, specifications and estimates. Such oversights can have serious, even devastating consequences, resulting in loss of life and limb.

Having a Plan

A mature and experienced organization will have a robust quality management plan to eliminate mistakes and oversights in plans. Every deliverable should be thoroughly reviewed and checked for design approach, correctness and details. A quality review system should include detailed documentation of checking and reviewing plans. Despite best efforts, sometimes small errors slip through the cracks that only become apparent during construction, operations or maintenance.

Managing Your Risk

You need an insurance plan that includes structural engineer liability. Known as professional liability or errors and omissions (E&0O) this coverage protects firms like yours from lawsuits and claims due to negligence. Whether there’s an issue in blueprints, reports or even recommendations, professional liability covers you and the work you do. Some public clients may even require engineers and designers to carry this insurance before executing any contractual agreements, so protect your business today.