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Structural Engineering Reference Manual, 8th Ed

Structural Engineering Reference Manual, 8th Ed

Structural Engineering Reference Manual, 8th Ed
By Alan Williams PhD SE FICE C Eng

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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)

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #95861 in Books
  • Published on: 2015-06-11
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 11.00" h x 1.00" w x 8.50" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • 512 pages

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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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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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
5One of my main go to books during studying AND the exam
By Destaney
I just took my exam 3 days ago so I wanted to write this review while it's still fresh in my mind. Overall, this book is extremely helpful and well worth the money. If you don't know how to begin in studying for the SE exam, this book will get you started on the right track. This was my main study guide for the exam and got priority seating on the table during the examination. One of the first things Alan Williams tells you in this book is that an effective study session should take about 300 hours! This is no joke! The exam covers so much information that I don't know how you could do a thorough study session with any less.

My main gripes with the book were related to the fact that there was no cold-formed steel review section and that the Bridge Section of the book was really skimpy. You could tell that this book really catered to building design. If you don't know the AASHTO code, this book will not suffice as a sole-source bridge study guide. It should have put more emphasis on live load distribution analysis. It also didn't even mention wind loads or stream load pressures on bridge piers, design or analysis of abutments or columns. Also, AASHTO has its own unique way of analyzing soil retaining structures which wasn't mentioned in this book. In actuality, the bridge section probably needed to be 3 times bigger than the book allotted for. Fortunately, I am a bridge engineer so I was familiar with all this stuff. I can only imagine what other people who don't know AASHTO were thinking.

UPDATE: I should note that despite with the issues I had with the Bridge Section of the text, the very simple design examples the author uses to explain how to run hand calculations for seismic analysis on a multi-span bridge using the Uniform Elastic Method and Single Mode Elastic Method couldn't have been better! The AASHTO code shows the formulas but they are utterly indiscernible to anyone that hasn't actually utilized them before. Once you truly understand these methods, you quickly realize that you can apply the theory to different span configurations and varying column heights and stiffnesses. I feel compelled to say that these example problems helped me TREMENDOUSLY when taking the afternoon portion of the lateral exam.

UPDATE: It's been 2 years since I passed my exam and I still use this book in actual practice. Hang on to this one. It has a real practical application.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5Excellent in many different ways
By Edward R. Zabala
Excellent in many different ways. Excellent for SE review but also great for professional practice. Unlike many other study references before, the errors / errata is minimal. At least for what I've studied so far. It's great work!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5This is the bible for the structural vertical forces PE test
By D. Getz
This is by far the best book for studying for the vertical forces day of your structural PE test. Outside of the code books (ACI, AISC, etc) it is about the only book you need for the first day of the exam. The author has another book for the lateral day, though it is not as good as this one in its format and layout. This book is also fairly useful in your day to day structural engineering activities. Honestly if I had this book in college it likely would have helped then too.

If you truly study this book cover to cover and understand everything in it in addition to the reference codes and material standards you will pass the first day of the structural PE exam. One more thing is also necessary though, speed. You have to work fast to complete everything on the exam in the time allotted. This book helps with that as it is concisely laid out by material and then by design concepts. For example all of concrete is in one section, it then breaks it down by beam design for bending, beam design with compression steel, shear, etc. Each design concept section defines the variables at the front describes all the equations and concepts and then gives an example. There is a lot of content on a single page with 3 columns and a smaller font. it makes the book very concise and very useable in test environment. I would LOVE for this guy to rework his lateral forces book to be more like this formatting and layout style. With regards to the lateral forces day of the exam you will still be using this book for some of your material design, but this book is not sufficient for calculating the lateral loads themselves. This guys other book is very helpful in that regard. Additionally you will need to know ASSHTO wind design, with only ASSHTO seismic briefly being covered in this book.

In short if you are taking the structural vertical forces PE exam, buy this book first. Study it and pass the exam.

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