Engineers design and develop projects, and while these can include beautiful landmark architecture, they’re more commonly associated with vital infrastructure that we use every day. If you’ve used a highway, waterway, railway or even a sewer, a design and consulting engineer has helped make your life easier.
The number of projects engineering design and consulting services in Idaho can help with is limitless. From subdivisions to strip malls, having their input is a key part of seeing a project through from start to finish. They assist private, public and government entities, and can encompass a number of different sub-disciplines.
What design and consulting engineers do
Design and consulting engineers develop and oversee a project from the planning stages to the design and ultimately through the construction process. This can range from infrastructure to retail developments to a new home or subdivision.
Consulting engineers may have a range of expertise, or they may be hired for expertise in a specific sub-discipline, including but not limited to mechanical, structural, electrical and civil engineering. They may consult on an entire project or a very specific part of it, depending on the project manager’s needs. The goal of hiring a design and consultant engineer is to get an expert opinion on technical details, including construction and infrastructure, among other areas.
The engineers you choose will depend on your specific project’s or development’s needs. You might choose them to help address specific technical challenges in one area, or design and oversee the entire project.
How to select the right design and consulting engineer
When you’re choosing a design and consulting engineer, you need to ensure they can handle the project—but how? Here’s a quick overview of what you should ask, and how to make sure their expertise will best serve your goals:
- Experience: The number one indicator of your design and consulting engineer’s professional competence is their experience, and that will be evident from former projects they’ve completed or overseen. Ask for a list of their projects and research each one to see if there are any issues that can be traced back to the engineers.
- Quality assurance or warranties: Ask your engineering firm about their policies regarding quality assurance, or whether they offer any warranties.
- Client testimonials: Another great way to research your design and consulting engineering firm is to get client testimonials. Talking to current and former clients about their experiences can be enlightening and help you decide whether a company is right for you.
- Reviews: Finally, check the firm’s standing with the Better Business Bureau and professional associations, as well as research their work via online reviews and feedback.
Design and consulting services in Idaho
Mason & Associates has provided engineering design and consulting services to Idaho clients since 1989. We have extensive experience in all steps of the surveying, construction staking, subdivision platting and land development processes. We have done work for industrial, medical, municipal, retail and a number of other project types. Call us today to find out how we can help you design and develop your next project.