The life we enjoy today is a direct result of the ingenuity, persistence, and actions of scientists, engineers, and inventors of all kinds. As a consulting engineer experienced in structural analysis and design, I felt it was my job to ensure that the structural systems of my clients' project were sound enough to support all the normal loads, plus stiff enough to resist the seismic and wind loads expected in this area. In order to do this, it had to meet the intent of all the current building codes in effect. It should also be the job of the structural engineer to ensure that the cost of the structural system is not out of line with the function of the system, nor does it exceed the stated needs of the client.
Accomplishment of this goal was my personal mission on every project. I believe this is the reason I always had an adequate amount of work. This is also why I refused to expand my services and employee base, either of which would have diluted my ability to control the outcome of each project. My goal was to deliver to the client the most cost-effective structural system that met his or her needs and complies with the applicable building codes.
Having also been a licensed real estate broker, I had an excellent handle on the "value" of each structural system I work on. In many cases I had advised clients to spend less money on the structural system, as I knew it would not provide an acceptable return on their investment. In other cases I advised clients to spend more money on the structural system, as I knew it would return a disproportionate amount of their investment upon sale or in terms of monthly rents. A good example of this is maximizing the view of a property whose value is tied directly to the view itself. Large glass walls or windows are difficult and expensive to brace for seismic and wind loads. However the return on investment for the necessary structural system is much greater for these properties than it is for non-view properties.
"Success Occurs When Preparation Meets Opportunity"