Structural Engineers design buildings to withstand wind loads, snow loads and floor loads, according to IBC, the (International Building Code). Buildings in Indiana and Kentucky must withstand a 3 foot snow and 90 MPH winds. Typical interiors must withstand 40 Pound per square foot of floor load. Some large refrigerators and new kitchen islands with marble tops exceed this rating.
In the 1950s and 1960s people were proud of the number of rooms in their home. Now we are tearing out the walls for a “open home concept”. If you do not have a report from a certified professional engineer, the county will turn down your building permit. And in case of a fire or accident, you insurance will be voided.
I get State and Local Building Permits. A State Certified Engineer will analyze your new or existing buildings to insure they are acceptable structurally, electrically and with proper ventilation. I check snow load, wind load, earth quake loads. I combine these with floor loads, trolleys, winches, vibration lifts, even forklift impact as required by OSHA… NASA designed a process called “finite element modeling” to predict material failure.