Structural Engineering Reference Manual (STRM8P), 8th Edition

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Copyright: 2015
Page Count: 512
Format(s): Hardcover, PDF
Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 11
  • Alan Williams, PhD, SE, FICE, C Eng

    Author Information

    Alan Williams is a registered professional engineer and structural engineer in California, a Fellow and Life Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom. He obtained his BS and PhD degrees at Leeds University. His extensive practical experience includes the design and construction of bridges, schools, and industrial and commercial structures. Currently he is employed as a senior engineer with the California Department of Transportation. Dr. Williams has published textbooks on structural engineering design, structural analysis, seismic design, and reinforced concrete design.


    Table of Contents

    Sample Pages



    Index of Codes

    Codes and References

    Appendices Table of Contents

    Structural Engineering Reference Manual (STRM8P), 8th Edition

    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.

    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)

    After you pass your exam, the Structural Engineering Reference Manual will continue to serve as an invaluable reference throughout your engineering career.


    Exam Topics Covered

    • Bridges

    • Foundations and Retaining Structures

    • Lateral Forces (Wind and Seismic)

    • Prestressed Concrete

    • Reinforced Concrete

    • Reinforced Masonry

    • Structural Steel

    • Timber


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    Decent for recent college graduates, but missing analysis portion Review by Terry
    I bought this to study for the SE Exam and read it cover to cover. I thought the material and format was great, except for the basic design. This book assumes you already know a great deal of information related to Structural Engineering. I also needed to buy additional books for review on Statics, Materials, Basic Design, Building Codes/ASCE 7-10 and Structural Analysis. When I failed the exam (barely) I signed up to take the PE Civil - Structural Exam. As part of my preparation for the exam I bought the Civil Engineering Reference Manual as a study guide and realized it (CERM) had more structural analysis information than the Structural Engineering Reference Manual!!! If only PPI would combine the structural portion of the CERM into a new SERM it would give the structural guys a better chance at the SE exam. I am not sure if the same is true for other disciplines but I was very disappointed when I realized the waste of time and money I spent studying a book with only half the information (the SERM had some lateral concepts but no explanation of vertical). I also submitted six errors on the errata website until I got tired of filling out the online form. They need better reviewers when they update for code changes. It's difficult to understand a question when they reference the wrong information, I thought I was going crazy until I realized all the typos. (Posted on 3/3/2016)

    We have a concrete business, beginning of structure, and he has decided that he would like to study Structural Engineering Review by Customer
    I ordered this for one of my son, who is interested in building bridges and buildings. We have a concrete business that is the beginning of structure and he has decided that he would like to study Structural Engineering, so this is perfect. he grabbed the book and ran to his room to start reading. "WOW!" He said it's all in here . It started Reinforced Concrete Design, and It has motivated him to study harder in his maths ,Trigonometry and Calculus, since this book shows real world uses for them.

    This book is designed for someone who wants to become certified to be a Structural Engineer by taking the long 16 hour test. This book covers all the basics of Structural Engineering : Reinforced Concrete Design, Foundations and Retaining Structures, Prestressed concrete Design, Structural Steel Design, Timber Design, Reinforced Masonry Design, Lateral Forces, and Bridge Design. It gives great advice about what is and is not permitted in the Exam. Like that you should bring a spare scientific calculator with you to the exam. It gives you the web address to check which calculators are accepted and stresses the functions you need on your calculator like trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions and hyperbolic and inverse hyperbolic functions math that is at the top of the learning above algebra 2. And important things like you can not bring to use a cell phone, tablet, or text device during or on the exam.

    Really great test prep, by covering all the engineering codes, design both lateral and vertical forces, and gives you 244 example problems to help develop your ability to solve problems. These are reinforced by the 44 end of chapter questions , and the complete solutions that allow for self checking. This book is so well designed, It gives a list of what to do days before the exam with check lists, like get your car ready with snow chains if needed and on to What to put in your exam kit all the things you need to bring, what to do during the exam, and how to answer multiple choice etc. A total test prep book for the Structural Engineer. (Posted on 7/30/2015)