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IMPORTANT NOTE

Repeat clients are those who have used this system before in the last 12+- months.
We will know who you are by the email you enter below.

If YOU ARE NOT A RECENT CLIENT

Please change your response to 'New Client' above so we capture your full contact information.
If we don't have you on file, all sorts of delays will occur with your project.  Thanks and welcome back!
Welcome!

This smart form will guide you through the information we need to properly assist you.  

We are structural engineers specializing in building component designs and hope we're a fit together.


NOTICE TO HOMEOWNERS


Due To our current volume of work for our ongoing clients, our resources for homeowners are extremely limited.

If you continue, we will likely NOT BE ABLE TO QUOTE YOUR PROJECT unless there are special circumstances that we already agreed to.

NOTICE TO ARCHITECTS


If you are not an existing client of the firm,We are not taking primary structure designs, additions, or modifications from new clients at this time.  We are focusing on work for our national building component design clients.  


We'd be glad to quote you on a project involving a building component of your building.

Thank you for your understanding.

NOTICE TO REALTORS


Engineering Express focuses on building component designs for manufacturers and contractors that use them.


We are not taking any structural inspection work for real estate at this time.

Thank you for your understanding.

NOTICE TO BUSINESS TYPES OTHER THAN LISTED


Engineering Express focuses on building component designs for manufacturers and contractors that use them.


We are glad to assist you if your request is withing the below 9 building component departments.  Due to our focus to expediently provide the highest professional services at competitive fees, we may not be able to assist you if your work falls outside our expertise.

Thank you for your understanding.

Before You Begin

You will be guided through 'smart' sections each with unique questions to expediently engineer your project.
  1. Each time you complete a section, you will be prompted to fill out subsequent sections until complete.
  2. If you cannot see the next section, please scroll down until you see it
  3. Fill in all required fields marked with an '*' to be able to submit your request.
It's easy to fill out and by collecting this information up front, your project will be more efficiently designed.
Engineering Service Required

Similar Repeat Project


NOTICE:  This feature is exclusively to request nearly duplicate projects that WE HAVE DONE BEFORE.


Use this feature ONLY when very minor changes to our project exist such as address and minor dimensional changes.


MISUSE OF THIS FEATURE WILL RESULT IN YOUR PROJECT NOT GETTING PROPERLY QUOTED OR DESIGNED.

IF YOU ARE NOT SURE ITS A REPEAT PROJECT, GO BACK UP AND SELECT 'NEW PROJECT' SO WE CAN COLLECT ALL REQUIRED INFORMATION.

A valid engineering express project number is required to use this feature.
 
 
 
 

Project Type

Existing Project Information

Our project number is typically in the bottom right of our plans

Similar Repeat Project Information
Please tell us exactly what's different with this request than the one you are referencing.  Use the detailed project information box below.  

You will be able to upload sketches & submit the project address on the following screens.

We recommend marking up the existing project you are referencing with the new project you are submitting.

Featured Project Categories

Note: If you need engineering from multiple categories, you will need to submit 2 separate quote requests so each department can best assist you.
Windows / Doors / Shutters (Residential)

Windows / Doors / Shutters (Commercial)

Wind Pressure Design Options



Package #1: Includes only design wind pressures for each product and building/unit layout. Package #2: Includes only design wind pressures for each product, building/unit layout, and product approval review and listing on drawing. Package #3: Includes only design wind pressures for each product, building/unit layout, product approval review and listing on drawing, and Fort Lauderdale Form. Package #4: Includes only design wind pressures for each product, building/unit layout, product approval review and listing on drawing, and product elevations. Package #5: Includes only design wind pressures for each product, building/unit layout, product approval review and listing on drawing, Fort Lauderdale Form, and product elevations.
PACKAGE DESCRIPTIONS:
DP Package Descriptions
Design Pressures Only

Note:

In both options below, you are required to pay online with a credit card to obtain a certified wind pressure chart unless other payment terms have been agreed upon.


Please select one of the following two options:

1) Download a certified wind pressure chart from our store by clicking here.

OR

2) Submit your job online using our fully automated Wind Pressure Calculator by clicking here.
If you don't have an account, you can create a free one (it's easy!) For help understanding the type of input required, please watch our brief tutorial video.

YOU'RE DONE WITH THIS FORM & CAN LEAVE THIS PAGE.  YOU DON'T NEED TO PROCEED.

 

Information Required 

Note:

A quote will not be provided. Full payment is due prior to beginning the work unless other payment terms have been agreed upon. We will contact you as soon as we receive your request.


1) Fill out the Wind Pressure Calculator by login in first or creating a free account (it's easy!). 

2) Fill out ONLY the sections indicated below: 
For help understanding the type of input required, please watch our brief tutorial video.


DP Calculator



3) Go to the top of the page and click on "Copy Data to Clipboard":

Copy Data to Clipboard


4) Paste the data below:

5) Upload a detailed sketch on the following page. Click here to view a sample sketch of a single-home.

5) Upload a detailed sketch on the following page. Click here to view a sample sketch of the apartment, condo or townhouse.

6) List out the product approval # for each product opening below (NOTE: Click on "Add more openings" below if you run out of space):
 
7) Are there any products being mulled together?




NOTE: 

An additional fee will apply to engineer the mullions. In this case, a quote will be sent to you for the additional engineering services.


Please provide as much detailed information as possible below such as mullion size(s), substrate for mullion(s) & attachment(s). You can also upload images, photos or sketches on the next page to further describe the scope of your work.


Note: If left blank, we will choose adequate mullion for worst case design.


8) If you require elevations, please provide us with as much detailed information as possible below about the elevation configurations. You can also upload sketches on the next page such as the one below.

Elevation Sample Sketch
Fences / Gates / Railings 

Fences

NOTE: 
We have many fence and gate plans pre-engineered in our online plan store for quick and inexpensive assistance. 
Click here to browse our store items or to use them as a starting point for your custom need.






Note: Fences over 6' in height typically require substantially more engineering





EXAMPLES
Fence Types
Gates

NOTE: 
We have many gate plans pre-engineered in our online plan store for quick and inexpensive assistance. Click here to browse them or use them as a starting point for your site specific design.

We also have a Flipbook of swing, overhead, and access control gates available to use as a starting point to show us what you need.  Click Here to view and download it for your reference.


Note: If you don't include this information here, please be sure it's clear on the information you upload on the following pages. Delays and increased fees apply if we don't have this information up front!



MOUNTING OPTIONS GUIDE
Gate Details
Railings

NOTE: 
We have pre-engineered railing plans in our Online Store for quick and inexpensive assistance.  Click here to browse the items available or to serve as a starting point for your design need. 

If you are looking to purchase a Glass or aluminum railing by Eastern Metals, find a selection of pre-engineered plans in their store plan channel by clicking here.





Signs (Wall, Post or Ground Mounted, Light poles, Monuments, Flagpoles & Billboards)  
NOTE: 
We have pre-engineered sign plans for a variety of ground mounted sign and monument configurations in our online plan store for quick and inexpensive assistance.  You can also submit your sketch on our approved template for expedited processing and special fee discount.  Click here to browse our pre-engineered master AND custom plan sheets.

ALSO:  We have an online sign calculator for single, multi, and monument signs that give you intial design answers at no charge and the ability to order sealed engineering right from there.  Click here  to see that online tool.

Use the below for custom signs that fall outside the above tools.



Post/Ground Mounted Signs


Footing

Sign Dimensions
Post Ground/Billboard



Billboard Signs
Post Ground/Billboard



Wall Mounted Signs
Wall mounted


Monument Signs
Monument



Light poles
Lightpole



Flagpoles
Flagpole



Aluminum Structures



Be sure to clearly indicate these also on uploaded drawings
Enter approximate highest point if sloped roof
Aluminum Structures Sub Menu

Canopies / Carports / Walkway Covers / Trellis / Pergolas / Louvers





Please note that we have master plan sheets in our store for American Louvered Roof that may work for you. 
Click here for details.


Please note that we have master plan sheets in our store for KE Durasol that may work for you.  
Click here for details.





These questions are optional but make sure we know what you are building! 
Upload the information if we need it and you don't want to fill this out or if it's not typical to the manufaturer you provided above.



Pergola-Trellis Quick Job Request Form
NOTE:
View & Download our Pergola Job Request Sketch-Checklist to make sure we have everything we need.
Upload back to us when complete.  Click Here
Screen Rooms

NOTE: 
This firm no longer engineers screened pool cage enclosures consisting of screen walls & screen roof
We do design screen walls with a solid roof.









Optional But Sure We Know

Please specify preferred fasteners for each of the connection points below.

Please upload a detailed sketch on the following page showing all of the information requested in our checklist. Click here to view our checklist and sample sketch.

Sun Rooms / Enclosed Patios




Please note that we have pre-engineered master plan sheets in our plan store for many of these manufacturers that may work for you.  
Click here to browse our ever-growing library.




Be Sure We Know...

Optionally specify any custom/preferred fasteners for each of the connection points below.


Please upload a detailed sketch on the following page showing all of the information requested in our checklist. Click here to view our checklist and sample sketch.

Surroundings

Playgrounds / Outdoor Fitness / Similar Exterior Component Footings / Tie-Downs


Pool Designs

NOTE:
Please be advised that we specialize in repetitive designs for larger pool companies. We will review your request and determine if we can help. Otherwise, we will find someone who can.



Deck / Patio Foundations



Elevated Deck Information

If complicated, you can upload a sketch on the next page
Enter the value you would like to extend the stringers over the beams (max is 1/4 of the span or 24")



Note: If this is not known, we will use the code-minimum values for dead/snow/live /wind load. If larger loads are later found to be required and the design changes, additional design fees may apply.
Generic Deck Information



Fortress Framing Information


Fortress Framing is a new breed of deck framing using steel components so pieces are simple to square and won't twist, warp, rot, crack, or burn like wood.  Learn more at fortressframing.com

NOTE:
Please upload a detailed sketch indicating all dimensions, carry beams, elevations and stair/rail information as applicable on the next page.


Roofs, Skylights & Solar Panels

Roofs / Skylights








** If not known, please upload a sketch on the next page that includes all of the product specifications.
Solar Panels

Solar Panels Mounted On A Roof (Water or Photovoltaic) 







** If not known, please upload a sketch on the next page that includes all of the specifications.
Solar Panels Not Mounted On A Pole (not on a roof)



Pole Mounted
Lightpole







** If not known, please upload a sketch on the next page that includes all of the specifications.
Product Approvals / Evaluations


To view some of our hundreds of product evaluations, please Click Here.
Air Conditioners / Generators

Integrity Evaluation (Technical Evaluation Report)

NOTE:
Technical Evaluation Reports (TER's) are engineered product evaluations that are not required to obtain statewide product approval. They are accepted in most municipalities.  Click here for examples of TER's in our online store.


** You will need to provide Engineering Express with drawings, which include the specifications for all of the structural elements. If needed, we will sign an NDA. 
Site Specific Attachment to Roof/Wall Structure or Integrity/Tiedown

NOTE: 
We have many A/Cs, generators, stands, clips, and similar products pre-engineered in our online plan store for quick and inexpensive assistance.  Click here to browse the items available or to serve as a starting point for your design need.





Pad / Slab

Dimensions Per Pad/Slab & Corresponding AC / Generator Unit

PAD/SLAB: Either enter information below or be sure to include it with uploaded information
Pad Unit






AC / GENERATOR UNIT: Either enter information below or be sure to include it with uploaded information

AC/Generator Unit




Curb

Dimensions Per Curb & Corresponding AC / Generator Unit

CURB: Either enter information below or be sure to include it with uploaded information
Curb





AC / Generator UNIT: Either enter information below or be sure to include it with uploaded information
AC/Generator Unit




Stand

Dimensions Per Stand & Corresponding AC / Generator Units

STAND:  Either enter information below or be sure to include it with uploaded information
Stand




AC / Generator Units: Either enter information below or be sure to include it with uploaded information
AC/Generator Unit








** If not known, please upload one or more sketches on the next page that include all of the dimensions for the units & pads/slabs, stands or curbs. 
Glazing Design, Inspection, & Consultation





EXAMPLES:
FLOOR PLAN
Floor Plan Example
PRODUCT ELEVATION
Elevation Example
STOREFRONT / ATTACHMENT DETAILS
Storefront Example
Other Specialty Structural Designs
BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH THIS SELECTION:

Engineering Express has 8 major divisions of engineering services with many sub divisions under them.  IT'S BEST if you selected the right division to process your request so we collect the information we need to execute quickly and economically.

Sometimes requests come in using this selection rather than the one it should come in.  BE ADVISED that if that happens, delays and extra costs may be incurred as we will have to spend more time understanding your needs. We advise to to be SURE no other option is right for you before proceeding.

For example, 'mechanical louvered roofs' are sometimes requested using this option when the correct option is 'carports/patio covers/screen rooms/sunrooms'...

If your sure your request isn't in one of our main sectors, we also offer design services on a selective basis in the following departments as our schedule permits.  If you need assistance in one of the below, select it for more information.
Marine Engineering
Our history with marine engineering is long and winding.  Chances are we will help with a dock or boat lift we have on file, but more likely will not help any longer with seawalls or new designs due to the increased work involved in this department.  If you insist on requesting us look at something, please let us know what you have in mind below and attach any needed files on the next page.   Thanks for your understanding.
Other Specialty Design Project
For us to quote work in this department, you will need to clearly describe the scope of work below and include all files we need to evaluate your request.  Be sure as a minimum to include:

1) ALL dimensions clearly labeled
2) Materials used along with strength, alloy, and temper
3) Host structure information
4) Product performance information (product approvals, testing, plans, etc.)
5) Photos or sketches

Describe clearly below what it is you need and upload any files that will help us evaluate your request on the next page.

Once again, if this request is for something we engineer through one of our main departments, DELAYS WILL OCCUR if you use this option because there is information we need to collect to properly process your needs.  GO BACK and select another option and de-select this one.  Thanks!
Design or Modification of The Primary Structure
Please note that our ability to work on designs of primary structures is extremely limited due to our success with building component designs.  If you are looking for us to engineer a residential or commercial structure and are not already a client we've worked with, chances are we will decline the offer.

If you are a longtime client of the firm and know we will help you, remember to:
-Send us CAD files
-Let us know if you are looking for a markup or full structural plans
-If any field or other work is required
-If you have a geotechnical report to send
-Any other information you know we need to get you a quote and time to complete

Remember though that we may not be able to help you due to the shifting nature of the firm.  Thanks for your understanding, and please call us for the pieces and parts of the building! 



Eastern Metals
Note: Find many pre-engineered Eastern Metal plans on our Eastern Metals Store Channel by Clicking Here
DETAILED PROJECT INFORMATION

NOTES:

Provide as much information as possible including dimensions, product approval numbers, & systems used to expedite our design. 

You will be able to upload files, photos & sketches on the next page to further describe your project.  

We will also collect the project address and your information on the next page.
DETAILED PROJECT INFORMATION

Timeframe


Upload Files Here
Uploading photos, sketches, and architectural helps us provide a more accurate quotation and files increases our response time.  Each file you upload has a 20mb limit

NOTE:
In order for us to properly quote and reply to your request quickly, please provide us with as much information as you can. Incomplete requests may take longer to process, delay the project, and increase administrative fees.  
What We Are To Provide Back To You
Same As Before: Use This if you are requesting a repeat or similar job, or if you just want us to provide whatever we do for you all the time and you're not sure of the below.

Signed and Sealed Engineered Drawing:
Structural engineered plan (blueprint) of the requested items in the state(s) you select for generic or site specific use as you specify.

Formal Calculation Booklet: This includes us preparing in formal, book format our rational analysis of work typically including given, required solution, and results.  Select this typically for Dade County, schools, and other agencies that require sealed calculations along with sealed plans

Signed & Sealed Letter/Report: Select this if you are in need of an engineer opinion or certification in letter or report format.

Product Submittal To Governing Agency: This is typically if you are expecting us to do a Florida Product Approval, Miami Dade NOA, Texas TDI submittal, ICC Evaluation, or one time product approval for a requesting agency.

CAD Drawing Only:  We provide AutoCAD drafting services to certain clients.  Select this ONLY if you want us to draw something for you without any engineering (not a very popular request, there are less expensive alternatives out there)

Verbal Consultation Only: This is no deliverable, just an hourly consultation and conversation of initial findings

Informal Email:  This comes without any engineering opinion or fact but is just if you want to retain us for general information or an informal conversation by email (works with selecting other options as this becomes the starting point)

Other:  Select these if you have special delivery requests of our work OTHER than our standard 11 X 17 format (digital, large format, letter format).



Two (2) copies are included.
Fees

At Engineering Express, we strive to meet your needs and exceed your expectations with our competitive pricing and quality service. 

Please let us know your budget or engineering fee you typically pay for this type of job.
We'll do our best to develop a solution to fit your needs. 


Consulting Hourly Rates & Reimbursables

Hourly/Time & Material jobs will be charged at the following hourly rates **:
  • Principal (non-Forensic) ................................................... $350.00/hour
  • Principal (Forensic) ..........................................................  $475.00/hour
  • Director / P.E. .................................................................. $250.00/hour
  • Designer .......................................................................... $180.00/hour
  • Drafter ............................................................................. $125.00/hour (no engineering input)
  • Admin / Clerical ............................................................... $50.00 Flat rate U.N.O.
** These hourly rates exclude travel outside of the Tri-County area. In this case, a special quote will be provided.

Reimbursable expenses include:
  • Courier services, shipping, and express mail will be billed at Cost + 30%

  • Blueprinting & copies:  

       - 24 X 36 ........................................................................ $2.00/sheet
       - 8.5 X 11 (B&W) ..............................................................$0.15/sheet
       - 8.5 X 11 (Color) ............................................................ $0.25/sheet
       - 11 X 17 (B&W) ............................................................... $0.25/sheet
       - 11 X 17 (Color) ..............................................................$0.50/sheet

Equinox Fee Arrangement
Equinox Billing Notes:

We will be contacting our Equinox Representative for approval for the item(s) you requested prior to beginning work.

BE SURE to indicate on the next page ALL ITEMS you need, we don't guess!  

Items like calculations, large format plans, and rush delivery are all add-on fees that need approval.

**STOP** 

IF YOU ONLY NEED DESIGN PRESSURES, THERE IS NO NEED TO ENTER INFORMATION BELOW. SIMPLY GO BACK TO PAGE 1 & CLICK ON ONE OF THE TWO AVAILABLE OPTIONS FOR "DESIGN PRESSURES ONLY".

Project Information
Generic / Master Plan Sheets are for repeat general use for building components typically for manufacturers that need their products certified the same way over and over again in many states.

If your project is for a specific location, please select 'site specific engineering' or your request will be sent to a different department for quoting and will result in higher quote fees and longer wait times.  

**WARNING** 

If your project has an address, please select 'Site Specific Engineering'.
Clients are experiencing delays when this is incorrect!

 

WE NEED TO KNOW...

if the project city has any local structural code amendments to include in the design (like Denver has their own city amendments to the IBC).  If you know of any, please indicate it below so we can be most efficient for you. Thanks!

NOTE: 
Engineering Express has licensed engineers in the states listed in the above drop down menu. For other states, we can work with your local engineer to assist them. Please include the state(s) below to discuss your needs and how we can help. 

Client Contact Information
Notice to existing clients:
Yes, we still need to know who you are so this request can automatically be placed in queue. 

Good news for future requests!:  If you log in to Engineering Express website with your registered email address, on your dashboard you will find a link that will pre-fill many parts of the form including the below making new requests even easier!
If you are a homeowner or don't have a company name, please also enter your full name here
New Clients, Please Complete
How Do You Want To Receive Our Work?
(Such as UPS, FedEx, Etc.)
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We will respond promptly to your request in the order it was received.
Kat is our Lead Project Coordinator and Anne is her assistant and continually monitor and process requests with the staff.