Preface to First Edition
Having spent my entire professional life in the structural design of reinforced concrete buildings, I wish to share my knowledge and experience with the profession of Structural Engineering, in the form of this book.
The book consists of seventeen chapters. Chapter 1 is of a general nature and it serves to introduce the subject matter of the book. Chapter 2 gives vital information on structural systems for buildings, while chapters 3 and 4 give details of types of floors and stairs respectively. Design of masonry buildings, a topic which generally goes by detdult, is given in chapter 5. The core of the book is given in chapters 6 to 9, which deal with framed and shear-walled buildings under vertical and horizontal loads. Chapter 10 introduces the reader to space structures in their application to sloping roofs. Foundations of buildings are covered in Chapter 11. Chapter 12 again touches a vital aspect of design of reinforced concrete elements and it gives the material which can be considered as additional to my earlier book ‘Manual for Limit State Design of Reinforced Concrete Members’. Detailing of reinforced concrete
elements is given m chapter 13. Practical considerations like economy in building design and precautions in construction and site supervision are covered in chapters 14 and 15 respectively.