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Saaimah Ali asked Gillian Montgomery, Buehler Engineering, Inc

AddedWednesday, September 12, 2018 at 3:41 PM

what would you say is the most difficult aspect of structural engineering
how difficult was the physics aspect, and applying that to real life situations?
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  • Gillian Montgomery , Buehler Engineering, Inc
    Answered Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 9:24 AM
    It may sound cliche but the most difficult part is working with different people and personalities. Like all aspects of life everyone comes in with different perspectives, experiences and personalities.  unfortunately the engineering part can be a lot more straightforward.  
    
    A slightly more technical difficulty would be understanding the many different approaches and solutions to a problems.  At times it can feel there are an infinite number of solutions.  thinking back on physics classes, it can be difficult to directly apply the concepts to complex structures.  Issues like load path to get gravity (or lateral) loads to elements can be tricky and only comes with practice   and experience.  Also some structures are incredibly redundant, it amazes me on how things seem to work when the numbers make it seem like it would not.