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Best Structural Engineering Books You Should Read

There are countless Structural Engineering courses, tutorials, articles available online, but for some, having a book is still a necessity to learn. This is an up-to-date list of recommended books.

1. SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual (2018)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadGet your SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual study schedules at The SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual prepares you for the NCEES SE structural engineering exam. It provides a comprehensive review of structural analysis and design methods related to vertical and lateral forces. All exam topics are covered, and exam-adopted codes and standards are frequently referenced. You will learn how to apply concepts by reviewing the 270 example problems, and you will strengthen your problem-solving skills by working the 50…
Author(s): Williams PhD SE FICE C Eng, Alan

2. Structural Analysis Made Easy: A practice book for calculating statically determined systems (2018)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadAre you struggling with structural analysis and looking for a book that could really help you? The search is over! This book shows you the efficient calculation of support reactions and internal force diagrams of statically determined systems. Instead of explaining all the theoretical basics, we delve right into reliably mastering exam-relevant tasks with the least possible computing effort. In addition to basics, like the optimal choice of a subsystem, other aspects such as creation of a positive learning environment are also covered in this book. Structural analysis is not a matter of talent. With…
Author(s): Jakob Stanford

3. Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down (2003)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadFor anyone who has ever wondered why suspension bridges don’t collapse under eight lanes of traffic, how dams hold back–or give way under–thousands of gallons of water, or what principles guide the design of a skyscraper, a bias-cut dress, or a kangaroo, this book will ease your anxiety and answer your questions.Structures: Or Why Things Don’t Fall Down is an informal explanation of the basic forces that hold together the ordinary and essential things of this world–from buildings and bodies to flying aircraft and eggshells. In a style that combines wit, a masterful command of his subject, and an…
Author(s): J. E. Gordon

4. Structural Elements for Architects and Builders: Design of Columns, Beams, and Tension Elements in Wood, Steel, and Reinforced Concrete, 2nd Edition (2015)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadConcise 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…
Author(s): Jonathan Ochshorn

5. Build With Steel: A Companion to the AISC Manual (2012)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadBUILD WITH STEEL introduces beginners to load and resistance factor design (LRFD) for steel buildings. The book covers the topics encountered in undergraduate steel design courses and on national exams (FE and PE). The full color layout is rich with photos, illustrations, and examples. It carefully explains the basis and application of the tables and specifications found in the AISC Steel Construction Manual (14th edition). Royalty Free….
Author(s): Paul W. Richards

6. Structural Principles (1984)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadFrom the Publisher This book provides a fundamental knowledge of the behavior of building structures and the principles which underlie their design. The first half of the book is devoted to the principles, derivation of formulas and techniques necessary for the processes of analysis and design which takes place in the latter part of the book….
Author(s): Irving Engel

7. Structural Engineering Solved Problems for the SE Exam (2017)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadGet your SE Structural Engineering Reference Manual study schedules at Structural Engineering Solved Problems for the SE Exam contains 100 practice problems representing a broad range of topics on the SE exam. Each problem provides an opportunity to apply your knowledge of structural engineering concepts. The breadth of topics covered and the varied complexities of the problems allow you to assess and strengthen your problem-solving skills. Problems in both qualitative and quantitative formats are included, and solutions use the same codes and…
Author(s): Buckner PhD PE SECB, C. Dale

8. Residential Structural Design Guide, Second Edition: A State-of-the-Art Engineering Resource for Light-Frame Homes, Apartments, and Townhouses (2018)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadSecond Edition, October 2017, 402 pages: This document is a unique and comprehensive tool for design professionals, particularly structural engineers, seeking to provide value-added services to the producers and consumers of American housing. As such, the guide is organized around the following major objectives. • To present a sound perspective on American housing relative to its history, construction characteristics, regulation, and performance experience. • To provide the latest technical knowledge and engineering approaches for the design of homes to complement current code-prescribed…
Author(s): Coulbourne Consulting, D S, I P

9. Statics and Strength of Materials: Foundations for Structural Design (2004)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should ReadImportant text book for all Architects!…
Author(s): Barry S. Onouye

10. Building: 3,000 Years of Design, Engineering, and Construction (2015)

 Best Structural Engineering Books You Should Read“Building: 3000 Years of Design, Engineering, and Construction traces the history of modern building engineering in the Western world from ancient times to the present, bringing to life the key people, buildings, and concepts that have influenced engineering and architecture over the millennia. This comprehensive and heavily illustrated volume documents the classic texts, instruments, materials, and theories that have propelled modern engineering, and the famous and not-so-famous buildings that have resulted through the ages, from the Parthenon to Chartres Cathedral…
Author(s): Bill Addis

Best Structural Engineering Books You Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some structural engineering books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

Advances in Structural Engineering - Optimization: Emerging Trends in Structural Optimization

Author(s): Sinan Melih Nigdeli, Gebrail Bekdaş, Aylin Ece Kayabekir, Melda Yucel
ID: 2837857, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 13 Mb, Format: pdf

Structural Reliability and Time-Dependent Reliability

Author(s): Cao Wang
ID: 2854127, Publisher: Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 9 Mb, Format: pdf

ICSECM 2019: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction Management

Author(s): Ranjith Dissanayake, Priyan Mendis, Kolita Weerasekera, Sudhira De Silva, Shiromal Fernando
ID: 2883229, Publisher: Springer Singapore;Springer, Year: 2021, Size: 26 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are truly best-sellers according to Los Angeles Times, others are composed by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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