posted 10/12/2013 by Nicole
Most man-made structures you see in the built environment will have at some point been designed by a structural engineer. My job involves identifying the loads that act on a structure and designing the structure to safely resist those loads. Much of my work involves evaluating the forces and stresses that exist in a structure due to loads such as self-weight, wind, earthquake, people, vehicles or water.
It is my job to make sure structures are safe for the public and their users whilst also meeting the functional and performance requirements they are designed for. Some of my work involves the design and construction of new structures but it also frequently involves assessment of existing structures for deterioration, ongoing safety, or when there is a change in functional requirements.
I am frequently involved in the design and assessment of buildings, bridges, dams, towers and tunnels but also sometimes design more unusual structures such as off-shore works for desalinisation plants. I love the diversity in my role and the challenge that each new project brings.
To get here, I studied Physics, Chemistry and Advanced Mathematics at school. Then I completed a Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering at The University of Adelaide.