Structural Engineering Books

Seismic Design Procedures Manual
Seismic Design Procedures Manual
Understanding Mechanics of Solids

For practicing engineers (to ASCE/SEI 7-16; IBC 2018)

This book covers the seismic structural design of buildings of moment resisting frames, shear and bearing walls, braced frames, and combinations of these systems, of reinforced concrete, reinforced masonry, and steel, and for conceptual, preliminary, and final design. Diaphragm design and foundation design are also included. Explanations and reviews are presented where deemed appropriate. The preliminary and final design procedures are with respect to the special ductility requirements only. The final design procedures presented are compliant with IBC 2018, ASCE 7-16, and the main documents they refer to (i.e. ACI 318-14; TMS 402-16; TMS 602-16; AISC 341-16; AISC 358-16). (231 pages; 17 Chapters). The book may also be of use to statutory approvals agencies, and those responsible for preparing Terms of Reference for structural engineers (i.e. achitects and project managers). The Table of Contents can be viewed via the following link:

Table of Contents

DISCLAIMER: The author shall not be held liable, accountable, or responsible at any time for the use of any of the books, or spreadsheet programs written by the author in whole or in part, and made available via this website or otherwise.

How to Order the Book:

The book is actually a Windows application so it must be installed on the reader's machine (i.e. PC or laptop). The book is not printable.

(Following this procedure shall mean that you agree with the conditions described).

1. Download the locked book by clicking on the link shown below. It is included in a zip file, along with one other file.
2. Install the contents of the zip file, then open the book by running the app, and obtain the Site Code (SC) and Machine ID number (MID) displayed in the app.
3. Send an email to presenting the SC the MID and requesting the Activation Code (AC) for unlocking the book.
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5. Within 48 hours you will receive the Activation Code (AC); open the book and input the AC.
7. Use the book any number of times but it is locked to that machine. You may remove the book from the original machine, which must be working properly at the time, and relocate it to another machine. This may be done a maximum of 3 times, and the book will become unavailable on any previous computer.

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The book refers to a set of spreadsheet programs that implement the seismic design procedures. For a limited time, these 16 spreadsheets, packaged as 4 workbooks, are included in the email when the AC is delivered. The spreadsheets cater for the following:

RC Shear Walls; RC Bearing Walls; RC Beams; RC Columns; RC Joints; Shear Wall Boundary Element Legs; RM Shear Walls; RM Bearing Walls; Masonry Compressive Strength Estimator; Steel Moment Resisting Frames; Steel 8ES Connections; Steel 4E Connections; Building Base Shear; Building Inter-Story Shear; Axial Loads on Vertical Segments of Perforated Shear Walls; Axial Loads, Moments and Shear Forces on Vertical Segments of Perforated Shear Walls.

In order to test your understanding of seismic design, or prepare for certification exams in seismic design, you may take a freely available quiz. The quiz can be taken any number of times so can be used to track improved understanding. However, the user is required to register and obtain a password. The password expires at the end of one month, but the user may reapply for a new password. Click the following button and follow the instructions.

Seismic Design Quiz