Many people who have little knowledge of engineering might think that structural engineers only conduct mathematical calculations regarding the strength and resiliency of the structures they’re building and nothing more. They’re wrong.
People can thank structural engineers for keeping their homes and commercial buildings secure even in hurricane season; even being able to preserve buildings with historical significance in the state of New Jersey. Besides securing structures, they also ensure that the owners fulfill their legal obligations to provide a safe space for the occupants.
Engineering has made a significant impact on societynot only today but also as early as the 27th century BC.
The 27th century BC saw the rise of the step pyramid built by the first-named architect in history, Imhotep, for the Pharaoh Djoser. Because of the stability of the pyramid’s structure, many more were eventually made. 2560 BC saw the construction of the largest man-made structure before towers and skyscrapers rose in the 19th century, the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Even before the 19th and 20th centuries, there have been significant developments in structural engineering including calculations on areas and centers of gravity of geometric figures, the use and records of machines for construction and others that allowed for further development then application of such concepts in the 19th and 20th century.
Because of these early discoveries, engineers are now able to benefit from various software systems that make it possible to design and build structurally sound structures of all kind these days.
Many New Jersey residents have benefitted from the services of professional structural engineers in NJ thanks to the continuous development of the structural engineering field as a whole. To know more on the history of structural engineering, see this infographic by Lockatong Engineering.