Whether it’s for an extension, a request for an expert opinion on a structure, or the development of the banks of a watercourse, the engineer can make all the difference. The OIQ provides individuals with a guide on who can do what, in complete safety!
Here are some examples of interventions for which individuals can benefit from the services of an engineer:
Carrying out works
For examples: taking down a load bearing supporting wall, enlarging or modifying a building, building a retaining wall, developing shoreline embankments, installing a wastewater treatment system for an isolated dwelling, etc.
Giving advice or an opinion; performing an analysis or an expert assessment
For example, giving advice on the effects of a crack in a foundation, on the cause of a collapsed floor, on the condition of a rock wall, etc.
Construction site supervision
For example, supervising the work done by a contractor in accordance to the plans and specifications.
Establishing a written contract between an engineer and his or her client is a good practice. From the detailed description of the mandate to the list of documents to be provided and their purpose, as well as the timetable for the completion of the mandate, this step is essential to ensure that the expectations of both parties are well understood.