By: Brian Skelcher, DTC Structural Engineer — If you’re standing at the bottom of a skyscraper, looking up you might be in awe of its towering size and apparent immobility.  However, if you take a trip to the top floor and have a sensitivity to motion sickness, you might start to curse the building’s secret ability to sway back and forth.

Everyone knows the purpose of structural engineering is to prevent a structure from collapsing.  What most people don’t know is that a structural engineer is also responsible for making sure the structure is serviceable, or useable, and that usually this requirement controls the final design.

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