“A structural engineer analyzes, plans and designs structural systems to meet design goals. Most importantly though, we work to ensure the safety of the occupants of the building. We design foundations based on the information provided by the Geotechnical Engineer’s report and recommendations. Unfortunately, with time the soils conditions may change due to weather (such as a long dry season) which may lower the underground water levels. This is just one possible factor in the creation of sinkholes,”
Says Jane Fagerquist of our partner firm, RDI Structural Engineering, Inc.
It is at this point, after a sinkhole has developed and affected a building that engineers again step in to perform inspections and testing to assess the safety of a structure.
For more about the science of sinkholes, read this article: Here