Simplified Engineering for Architects and Builders (Parker/Ambrose Series of Simplified Design Guides) 8th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471587033
ISBN-10: 0471587036
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Instructor's Manual and Study Guide available. -- The publisher, John Wiley & Sons --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Considered a standard in the field, this edition has been updated and expanded. Presents a minimum of fundamental structural mechanics and a digest of the basic issues regarding common forms of construction in major structural materials of wood, steel, concrete and masonry. Contains a new section on the topic of strength design, the latest information on model building codes and industry standards, a chapter on the basic nature and some detail of trusses. Includes a wealth of illustrative examples. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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  • Series: Parker/Ambrose Series of Simplified Design Guides (Book 17)
  • Hardcover: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 8 edition (October 4, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471587036
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471587033
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.5 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,205,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful By I. Chanthiran on April 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book explains the fundamentals of structural analysis (mainly statically determinate structures) and then goes on to the design fundamentals for different materials (wood, steel, concrete and masonry) followed by the design of the structural system for a building. I first used an earlier edition of this book when studying for my undergraduate degree as an introductory book before reading the course texts. The present edition maintains the "easy to understand" explanations of the earlier edition while adding new materials, expanding other sections and updating the design methods in line with the building codes. Emphasis is placed on understanding, the explanations given are very clear and there are numerous worked examples to illustrate the principles. The book is excellent for the beginner first getting used to structural analysis and design or for the practising engineer who has not touched structures for a while and wants to refresh his memory. However this book is only the first step and the undergraduate or practising engineer would do well to follow up on this with other more specialised books like Wang and Salmon's "Reinforced Concrete Design", Salmon and Johnson's "Steel structures: Design and behaviour", or Halperin and Bible's "Principles of Timber Design for Architects and Builders".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Fox on June 13, 2013
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I purchased this book years ago for Structural Analysis courses for my Architecture/Construction Management Courses and it has traveled with me through my career in commercial construction. The formulas and chapters are very well laid out with great reference material in the appendix. Although I am not a licensed engineer, I can use the theories, methods and formulas in this book to make recommendations.

The book itself is very compact, but will not stack well. If you're like me, you'll need this book at the top of your pile. It is shallower and shorter, but thicker than all my other text books. Excellent content.
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By Byron R. Wicker on July 3, 2014
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Very good book.
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