Structural Engineering Reference Manual (STRM8P), 8th Edition

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Copyright: 2015
Page Count: 512
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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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    Customer Reviews (View All - 5)

    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)

    Great source of information when preparing for the PE/SE exam Review by Customer
    Arrived ahead of schedule and the correct edition. Great source of information when preparing for the PE/SE exam. (Posted on 8/19/2015)

    Updated to 2015 standards. Review by Customer
    Comprehensive prep for the PE Structual Lateral and Structural Vertical exams. The strength of this book is that it covers all the material-specific stuff on the exam. The SE exam now uses the following new codes:

    AASHTO AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications, 6th edition, 2012, American
    IBC International Building Code, 2012 edition (without supplements),
    ASCE 7 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, 2010, American
    ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, 2011, American
    AISC Steel Construction Manual, 14th edition, American Institute of Steel
    AISC Seismic Design Manual, 2nd edition, American Institute of Steel
    AISI North American Specification for the Design of Cold-Formed Steel
    Structural Members, 2007 edition with Supplement No. 2 (2010), American
    NDS National Design Specification for Wood Construction ASD/LRFD, 2012
    edition & National Design Specification Supplement, Design Values for
    Wood Construction, 2012 edition
    NDS Special Design Provisions for Wind and Seismic with Commentary, 2008
    PCI PCI Design Handbook: Precast and Prestressed Concrete, 7th edition, 2010,
    TMS 402/602 Building Code Requirements and Specifications for Masonry Structures (and
    related commentaries), 2011

    This new 8th edition has been updated to reflect these and so is a worthwhile consideration despite the price for those debating whether to get this or to make do with an older version.

    There are a around 250 worked problems with detailed explanations, though the assume a moderately high degree of subject familiarity and of course you have to be able to do the math. I found the explanations and supplementary material straightforward and logical, though intense.

    I'm a trained engineer but not a structural engineer. This means you should take my review with a grain of salt. Take any reviews from "amazon vine reviewers" here with many grains of salt as many of them here will clearly not be engineers of any sort and simply write perfunctory 'reviews.' (Posted on 7/30/2015)