Structural Engineering Art and Approximation
“Engineering problems are under-defined, there are many solutions, good, bad and indifferent. The art is to arrive at a good solution. This is a creative activity, involving imagination, intuition and deliberate choice.” Ove Arup 20th Century Engineer
Design starts at the bottom of a pyramid of choices:
selection of materials, method of analysis,
structural form and appropriateness.
Before designing in detail
A designer needs to
through to graduate engineers,
architects; and even experienced engineers.
It gathers together conceptual design examples for
Those who seek a clear guide to conceptual structural design.