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Structural Elements for Architects and Builders, Second Edition

Jonathan Ochshorn


text cover, second edition, Structural Elements

Structural Elements for Architects and Builders, Second Edition by Jonathan Ochshorn (published by Common Ground, 2015).

See structural calculators corresponding to many of the text examples.

See Table of Contents (pdf) and Preface (pdf) for the new, second edition.

Check for Errata.

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First edition: see errata for the out-of-date, first edition.
photo of first-edition of Structural Elements for Architects and Builders by Jonathan Ochshorn

Concise but comprehensive, Jonathan Ochshorn's Structural Elements for Architects and Builders explains how to design and analyze columns, beams, tension members and their connections. The material is organized into a single, self-sufficient volume, including all necessary data for the preliminary design and analysis of these structural elements in wood, steel, and reinforced concrete. Every chapter contains insights developed by the author and generally not found elsewhere. Appendices included at the end of each chapter contain numerous tables and graphs, based on material contained in industry publications, but reorganized and formatted especially for this text to improve clarity and simplicity, without sacrificing comprehensiveness. Procedures for design and analysis are based on the latest editions of the National Design Specification for Wood Construction (AF&PA and AWC), The Steel Construction Manual (AISC), Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI), and Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures (ASCE/SEI).

This thoroughly revised and expanded second edition of Structural Elements includes new sections on material properties and construction systems, while reorganizing the chapters according to structural material (i.e., wood, steel, and reinforced concrete) rather than structural action (i.e., tension, compression, and bending). This permits a more comprehensive overview of the various design and analysis procedures for each of the major structural materials used in modern buildings. Free online structural calculators have been created for many examples in the book, enabling architects and builders to quickly find preliminary answers to structural design questions commonly encountered in school or in practice.