Structural engineering and the structural engineer defined....
“Structural engineering is the science and art of designing and making, with economy
and elegance, buildings, bridges, frameworks and other similar structures so that
they can safely resist the forces to which they may be subjected.”
“The Structural Engineer must understand the Architect’s desire to have the structural
frame compliment the function and the motif of the building. He must be appreciative
of the space needed for the conduits and ducts required by the Electrical and Mechanical
Engineers as they attempt to regulate the internal environment of the modern building.
Within such constraints, he must produce a safe and economical structural frame.
The frame must safely support the gravity and wind loads without undue deflection
or sway affecting the operation of other building components or producing unpleasant
sensations to the occupants.”
Welcome to the website of Pickett, Kelm & Associates, Inc., consulting structural
Founded in February, 1993, PKA is in its 21st year providing professional consulting
structural engineering services to clients in the public, institutional, industrial
and commercial market sectors throughout central Texas.
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