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Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design
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Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

(OP)
Any type is welcomed, e.g. book, on-line course, video etc.

I found some title of the books, but I'm not sure if they are good or not

  1. Conceptual Structural Design: Bridging the gap between architects and engineers (2e)
  2. Building Structures (3e) - Understanding the Basics
  3. Understanding and Using Structural Concepts
  4. Structural Concepts and Systems for Architects and Engineers
  5. Building Structures (3e) - James Ambrose, Patrick Tripeny
  6. The Design of Building Structures by Wolfgang Schueller
  7. Bridge Design: Concepts and Analysis

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

I'm not familiar with any of those books, but they may be good references. I do not have any books relating to conceptual design. Maybe I should, although it's a bit late for me now.

BA

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

I also am unfamiliar with all of those texts. However I have seen "The Design of Building Structures by Wolfgang Schueller" recommended before.

I cast 'Summon Kootk', engineering librarian extraordinaire!

Ian Riley, PE, SE
Professional Engineer (ME, NH, VT, CT, MA, FL) Structural Engineer (IL, HI)

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

(OP)
Looks like conceptual design is not so popular.
@Summon Kootk, any idea?

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

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@Summon Kootk, any idea?

One cannot deny a formal summons...

I need to know more about what you're looking for specifically. Is it high level, form finding kind of stuff? Or more system selection for common buildings? Your book list has a mixture of both so I can't discern your intent. My library, while extensive, is mostly geared to towards system selection for common buildings. The form finding stuff mostly just upsets me because almost none of my work has been of that nature and I go mad will jealousy thinking that someone else's might be. So which is it?

Some preliminary comments.

- I don't have your reference #1 but I scoped it out and it looks awesome. Perfect for form finding by the look of it.

- I do have your reference #3 and it's one of my ATF structural books. Just a damn fun read for our kind. I'd say that it's a blend of form finding and system selection. That said, it's system selection as applied almost exclusively to bloody awesome projects. Sadly, my experience of structural engineering to date has borne little resemblance to that of TY Lin. I'll leave it to your imagination as to which of us has garnered the better deal.

- I do have your reference #5 and would say that it's a useful resource for system selection for common building morphologies.

- Depending on what you're specifically looking for, I may recommend the following. The first one is awesome and can be had for pocket change on Amazon etc if you're patient in waiting for the right deal..







RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

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One cannot deny a formal summons...

The Kootenay Kid has struck again! Nice answer KootK!

BA

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

Thanks BA. Someday, when I reach 1000 stars, I think that my reward should be an AB beef steak sandwich with YOU. There, the gauntlet has been thrown down.

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

At the rate you're going KootK,that won't take too long! It's a deal!

BA

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

The AISC YouTube channel has a lot of videos that are pretty helpful. Some are one-off lunch and learns, others are courses.

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

Silly question, but what does 'conceptual structural design' mean? Like how to put everything together in general?

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

In my world, conceptual structural design is all about managing the expectations that the architect sets with the owner.

(e.g. materials, grid layouts and rough column/beam sizes, stair arrangements, consequences of heavy water tanks or gardens on the roof, etc.)

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The name is a long story -- just call me Lo.

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

While we are on topic, what are people's thought about the book: Building Construction Illustrated by Francis D.K. Ching?

RE: Recommendation for Conceptual Structural Design

I have Ching's "Building Codes Illustrated" book and recommend that, but never picked up "Building Construction Illustrated" as my impression has been that it's pretty basic info. That said, for the price it goes for on Amazon it's probably not a bad purchase either.

Ian Riley, PE, SE
Professional Engineer (ME, NH, VT, CT, MA, FL) Structural Engineer (IL, HI)

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