Several months ago, one of my students came to me with a story that challenged me to embark on a project. In an NSE branch meeting, he began, a certain COREN certified Engineer was delivering a talk to a general section of younger engineers/undergraduates. Then he WARNED them to never take up the design of steel structures because the analysis/design/detailing is usually very complex and outsourced to high-value consultants based in New York, Canada, Dubai, London, Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, etc. He warned them to steer clear of steel, citing that he himself is afraid of steel. I could not believe my ears. I had to ask him again to be sure I was actually hearing this.
Now not very many engineers are competent in steel design. It is said that 1 in 10 structural engineers possess the required professional competence and/or expertise in the planning, analysis, and design of steel structures. This is because these processes require a level of rigorousness and thoroughness that not many are willing to offer. However, and thanks to advanced modern design software programs, these seemingly complex processes have been sufficiently simplified. One of such software in current usage is Bentley Staadpro.
Unfortunately, there is hardly any standardized guidebook to further provide a simplistic approach that bridges the gap between software usage and software appreciation, and this has often led to numerous tutorial videos on the software teaching often conflicting techniques.
It is on the strength of the above that the book ‘ENGINEER’S HANDBOOK ON DESIGN OF STEEL STRUCTURES WITH BENTLEY STAAD.Pro (VOL.1)‘ has been written. It is the first-ever comprehensive, well researched STAAD.Pro handbook on steel design customized to reflect local as well as international best practices. This teach – yourself – design handbook represents my modest contribution to the learning of structural engineering in Nigeria and other parts of the world. Practicing Civil/Structural Engineers and undergraduates will find this work indispensable in their journey towards self-advancement and self-development.
This book is organized into seven (7) detailed chapters as follows:
In Chapter 1, you will be taken through an exciting introductory course on steel and the software program under discourse.
In Chapter 2, you will learn how to practically plan, model, design, and select sections for a steel roof truss.
Chapter 3 will take the subject of steel trusses even further with an interesting lesson on parabolic or curvilinear trusses.
In Chapters 4 and 5, you will learn how to plan, model, and design, and select sections for different kinds of communication towers.
In Chapter 6, you will be taken through the planning and design of portal frames.
In Chapter 7, you will learn how to plan the design of airport hangars. Also, in this chapter, you will be prepared for the design of long-span structures.
Each chapter begins with a detailed literature review of the steel structure to be analyzed and designed and then goes on to the model/design proper.
What’s more? In the appendix section, you will find sample detailed drawings in structural steel. Also, this book comes with an extra package. All buyers are issued with copies of the Staadpro raw files of each chapter used for illustration in the book to further enhance their learning experience!
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