Empirical Structural Design for Architects, Engineers and Builders

AUTHOR(S) : Thomas Boothby

AFFILIATIONS : The Pennsylvania State University College of Engineering
ISBN : 9780727762078
FORMAT : Paperback
PUBLISHER : ICE Publishing
PAGE SIZE : 246x189mm


Empirical Structural Design for Architects, Engineers and Builders provides an explanation of empirical design as a practical means of making preliminary structural design decisions. The descriptive text, tables and figures assist the reader in completing a building design on the basis of proven ratios, simple rules of thumb, standard practices and acceptable minimum sizes.
Key feature of this book include:

  • international appeal through the inclusion of metric and customary US units
  • reduction of preliminary structural decisions to simple rules
  • matching building programmes to appropriate structural types
  • simplified design rules that are easy to retain and easy to look up.

Written to be accessible to all professionals in the building design and construction process, this book will be an essential read for students or practitioners who are at an early stage in their architectural or engineering careers. The book will also be valuable to participants in the building construction process, including engineers.
Book Review
“This book is a very well presented empirical method of structural design. Written for an international readership, the book covers the rudiments of empirical design quite effectively.  (…) Commencing with a very rich glossary of relevant words, the empirical rules proposed in the book are then laid out in a simple logical manner over the next ten chapters of the book.  
Covering key structural elements and components such as: arches, walls, columns, beams, trusses, floor/roofing systems, foundations, connections, lateral systems and building structural system designs; the book explains the empirical design process through a fairly standardised structure in each chapter. In each case, the book presents key issues relating to the structural element, load paths and then the various types of structure in each category. 
I found this book a very valuable addition to the quick reference texts that have helped the civil/structural practice over the years.”
David Oloke, Progressive Concept Consultancy Ltd, UK