What is the difference between a general contractor and a civil engineer?


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A civil engineer is usually consulted to advise on the structural integrity of the plans for a build. A general contractor is usually responsible for overseeing the construction and making plans for the timing of the construction. They also usually make estimations for the build based on the design.

A civil engineer will usually only play a small part in a build, by helping the architect to finalise the plans and make sure they are safe and structurally sound. The general contractor plays a much bigger role in the project and will usually be present throughout the duration of the project.

For example, I employed a general contractor in Dartmouth, MA to build a sunroom on my house and they oversaw the whole project from start to finish. The general contracting company will likely liaise with a civil engineer if necessary.

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