Some Common Challenges of Industrial Design

Engineering For a Brighter Future

As a structural engineer, designing for industrial purpose offers a unique set of challenges to be faced. Industrial structures are often meant to facilitate a wide variety of electrical, chemical, and mechanical operations, posing a complicated design task. A structural engineer expert witness can help you determine whether those who designed and built a structure followed best practices and adhered to building codes and standards. Here are some fundamental considerations of structural design that expert witnesses encountered.


Common codes and standards for building design are a crucial point of knowledge for a successful industrial structure design. It is immeasurably important that those engineers involved have an up-to-date working knowledge of those laws governing the design of even non-structural components of building. This could go as far as to include the small mechanical components and specialized equipment that is characteristic of industry settings. Mistakes or oversight in this area can cause significant delays in construction, or dangerous work settings for future employees. A structural engineer expert will be well aware of all of these governing standards, helping you ensure the legality of your building.


Designing for industrial purposes can often require modifications to be made to already existing buildings or surrounding supporting structures. This is usually done in order to support new equipment or processes. Oftentimes, drawings of those existing buildings aren’t available posing a difficult challenge to structural engineers. Without drawings, the design team must take their own field measurements to find the existing dimensions. With so much possibility for human error, mistakes in this area are common and often expensive to repair. An engineer expert witness can help bring clarity to this complex issue.


The design of a new industrial building from the ground up can require a vast range of systems from concrete construction to steel frames and masonry systems. For this reason, pre-engineered building designs are quite attractive to a structural engineer. They are economical in design with an expedited construction timeline. However, pre-engineered buildings present their own difficulties. It is rare that a premade design will fit the needs of an industrial client exactly, and for this reason, structural engineers will often tailor the design to the needs of their client. Making alterations to these kinds of designs at the wrong stage of planning can cause significant delays and costly construction errors as well. Analysis by a structural engineer expert will help identify potential errors in new building designs.To schedule a free building review or structural audit, call Hall Engineering. Our experienced and seasoned structural engineers are available for site inspections, plan reviews and new projects.