Understanding Structural Analysis. The President, Tim Ibell said: "The concept of ensuring that our graduates have a profound understanding of structural behaviour has a long and interesting history within the Institution. But in the more modern era, there is one member who stands out as a visionary. It is a rare honour, and richly deserved. Welcome to this website We have set up a discussion group in the professional networking site, LinkedIn. Because the IStructE is providing a strong, pro-active support for the development of an understanding of structural behaviour, there will be much debate on the best way improvement in this skill could be achieved.

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This combination leads to the ability to arrive at a numerical solution. Using a series of structural diagrams as a visual lanSuage ol structural behaviour that can be understood with the minimum oJ textual comments, the book aims to develop a qualitative understanding of the response of the structure to load.

The book is in two parts. It is considered that the ability to arrive at the qualitative solution to framed structures is a significantly imlortant component of the overall understanding of structural behaviour. Part II deals with current methods of structural analysis using the diagrammatic format to which the student has become accustomed. The need lor the developrrent of qualitative skills increases with the increasing use of the computer in design offices.

In the near future, the computer will replace the majority ol analysis and structural desiSn calculations. Unfortunately, this will also have the elfect of eliminating much of the experience and consequent understanding gained by the student and trainee engineer. The research project upon which this book is based has extended over a period ol ten years. In that time, many friends and colleagues have contributed to the development of my ideas of the way in which students can be encouraged to reach a better understanding of structural behaviour.

Bristol Polytechnic has provided both time and resources and my Head of the Department, Dr Matthew Cusack, has been particularly supportive. These ideas would have been stillborn without the continuous slrpport, interest and encouragement of Peter Dunican, senior partner of the Ove Arup Partnership. Many other engineers in that remarkable organisation have helped me with their advice and constructive criticism.

Perhaps the most successful period for the development and testing of the qualitative approach as a basis for the explanation 01 theories and methods ol analysis was the year I spent with the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering at Hong Kong Polytechnic.

However, it has been the extensive and particularly fruitJul collaboration with Professor Peter Morice oJ the Department of CiviL Engineering at Southampton University which has led to many of the specific explanations and visual sequences in the early part ol the book.

I am indebted to all of them. Book Details.


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