Structural Engineering Reference Manual, 8th Ed

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 Comprehensive Coverage for the 16-Hour Structural Engineering Exam
The Structural Engineering Reference Manual prepares you for the NCEES 16-hour Structural Engineering (SE) exam. It covers all exam topics and provides a comprehensive review of structural analysis and design methods. Exam-adopted codes and standards are frequently referenced, and solving methods—including strength design for timber and masonry—are thoroughly explained. You will learn how to apply concepts pertaining to vertical and lateral forces by reviewing the 244 example problems. You will also strengthen your problem-solving skills by working the 44 end-of-chapter practice problems. Each problem’s complete solution lets you check your own solving approach. New for the 8th edition, both ASD and LRFD/SD solutions and explanations are provided for masonry problems, allowing you to familiarize yourself with different problem solving methods.

Access to supportive information is just as important as knowledge and problem-solving efficiency. The Structural Engineering Reference Manual’s thorough index easily directs you to the codes and concepts you will need during the exam. Cross references to more than 700 equations, 60 tables, 190 figures, 8 appendices, and relevant codes will point you to additional support material when you need it.
 
Topics covered

  • Bridges
  • Foundations and Retaining Structures
  • Lateral Forces (Wind and Seismic)
  • Prestressed Concrete
  • Reinforced Concrete
  • Reinforced Masonry
  • Structural Steel
  • Timber

Referenced Codes and Standards
  • AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications (AASHTO)
  • Building Code Requirements and Specification for Masonry Structures (TMS 402/602)
  • Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318)
  • International Building Code (IBC)
  • Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE 7)
  • National Design Specification for Wood Construction ASD/LRFD and National Design Specification Supplement, Design Values for Wood Construction (NDS)
  • North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel Structural Members (AISI)
  • PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete (PCI)
  • Seismic Design Manual (AISC 327)
  • Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic with Commentary (SDPWS)
  • Steel Construction Manual (AISC 325)

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About the Author:

Alan Williams, PhD, SE, FICE, C Eng, is a registered professional engineer and structural engineer in California, a Fellow and Life Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom, and a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California. He obtained his bachelor of science degree and doctorate from the University of Leeds in England. Dr. Williams has extensive experience teaching and practicing structural engineering, including designing and constructing bridges, schools, and industrial and commercial structures. He has worked as a senior engineer with the California Department of Transportation and as a Principal for Structural Safety with the California Division of the State Architect. Dr. Williams has published several textbooks and papers on structural engineering design, structural analysis, seismic design, and reinforced and prestressed concrete design.

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Introduction

PART 1: HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

This Structural Engineering Reference Manual is intended to help you prepare for the 16-hour Structural Engineering (SE) exam administered by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES). The NCEES SE exam will test your knowledge of structural principles by presenting problems that cover the design of an entire structure or portion of a structure. The exam is given in four modules—two concerning vertical forces and two concerning lateral forces. The eight chapters of this book are organized around the eight areas in which these forces are applied.

These eight areas include

  • reinforced concrete design
  • foundations and retaining structures
  • prestressed concrete design
  • structural steel design
  • timber design
  • reinforced masonry design
  • lateral forces (wind and seismic)
  • bridge design
Each chapter presents structural design principles that build on the ones before, so you should read the chapters in the order in which they are presented. The examples in each chapter should also be read in sequence. Taken together in this way, they constitute the solution to a complete design problem similar to that on the exam.

Your solutions to the SE exam problems must be based on the NCEES-adopted codes and design standards. Therefore, you should carefully review the appropriate sections of the exam-adopted design standards and codes that are presented, analyzed, and explained in each chapter of this book. Each of the examples in this
book focuses on one specific code principle and offer a clear interpretation of that principle.

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