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Basic structural engineering book

Basic structural engineering book


Im looking for a structural engineering book that is really easy to understand. Not advanced level, but basics - intermediate is enough.
something in the sense of "for dummies".

any recommendations?



RE: Basic structural engineering book

I have taught a similar college course to potential contractors using a couple of different texts.  One supplemental text that I used was from a series of texts known as the Parker/Ambrose series, particularly "Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders" by James Ambrose.

Apparently you are not a structural engineer, and perhaps not an engineer at all.  In either case, I offer you the same advice I gave to my students....

Structural Engineering cannot be learned from a single book nor can it be properly learned on one's own.  It is a course of study, inclusive of the statics that GregLocock mentioned and continuing through a career of practical application and mentoring by others.

As I further told the students, "This course will not make structural engineers of you.  It will give you insight as to the process that structural engineers go through in designing a building. At the end of the course, they understood what structural engineers do, including their liability, and I don't recall ever having a student change his major course of study to engineering as a result.

RE: Basic structural engineering book


Thanks for your replies.
I currently am employed as an assistant civil engineer (Id call myself more of a drafter). And deal with alot of steel structure designing or foundations. I can operate and make simple calculations and figure out but since I no proper education in fields of engineering I think some reading would do me good to better understand my job.

I have 2 years of experience.

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