A structural engineer is typically responsible for design of a specific structure (bridges , roads, buildings ) so that it can fulfil a purpose, while remaining safe. It is also required for the structural engineers to produce the requirement to a given budget. Structural engineering is vital to society in many ways as all these projects which are completed must be built to last. As well as designing new buildings structural engineers are also given the responsibility of maintaining older structures and ensuring they remain safe, often design refurbishment schemes are deployed to ensure long life for existing structures. As a structural engineer, you could find yourself working in many areas of construction, some of these areas include building design, conversions and extensions or maintenance. Projects in this field really do vary hugely. For example one day you could find yourself developing a single story extension on a domestic property, then the next day you could be building a Football stadium, Prison or Hospital. Structural engineers often are required to work closely with other specialists such as Architects and project managers, reason being that innovation and creative ideas are often pooled in order to develop sustainable solutions and overcome great challenges.
A brief history of Glasgow The River Clyde is key to the growth of Glasgow from a small 6th century settlement to the biggest city in Scotland today, and the third biggest city in the United Kingdom. From a 6th century settlement to today There is evidence of a settlement on the River Clyde since prehistoric times, but it is Saint Mungo, the patron saint of the city who is famous for founding the city in the 6th century with the construction of a small church where Glasgow cathedral now stands. Bishop Jocelyn is credited with gaining the status of burgh for the city in the 12th century from King William, thus creating a cause for celebration which led to the creation of the Glasgow Fair, an event which still takes place today. The Scottish Englighteenment period Glasgow's biggest periods of growth which contributed to its size and status today were during the Scottish Enlightenment period and the Industrial Revolution. The Scottish Enlightenment was a period in which Glasgow, in particular, was recognised for its contribution towards philosophy, literacy and invention at a European level. It took place during the era of the signing of the Act of Union between England and Scotland as the two countries joined as part of Great Britain. The famous poet Robert Burns, philosopher and economist David Hume and economic pioneer Adam Smith who wrote the Wealth of Nations, were key drivers of the changes associated with this period in Glasgow's history. The Industrial Revolution The Industrial Revolution brought about a great number of changes to the city, notably along the River Cyde which was drained to make way for shipbuilding yards. The heart of the city was transformed by a deep river and the industries and wealth which grew and prospered from it, from cotton to glass production, to textiles, paper and soap. As well as new wealth, the Industrial Revolution impacted on the migration of people from the countryside to the city, thus determining the layout and construction of the city today. From hospitals to schools to housing, Glasgow retains signs of its Industrial Revolution history in its makeup today. Present day Glasgow Named European City of Culture in 1990, Glasgow today is a hub for finance, education, culture, arts, food and one of Scotland's most famous exports - Scottish whisky. There are several distilleries in and around the city which help contribute to the economic wealth of the city and its inhabitants.