he objectives of the course are the development of an understanding of structural behaviour,
adequate modelling of the structure prior to the computer analysis and development of a critical
attitude to the output of computer analysis.
The ability to solve problems qualitatively is the foundation to an overall understanding of struc‐
tural behaviour, the intuition and ”feeling” for the response of the structure to load, which is an
essential skill for the structural engineer. It would appear from a long study that such an
understanding is not the inevitable consequence of the numerical approach to analysis and
This course is directed towards the clarification (for the issue is really one of confusion rather than
lack of knowledge) of the strategies to be adopted for a qualitative analysis.
This skill becomes imperative with the virtual elimination of hand calculations and their
replacement with the computer. The next generation of software will automatically determine the
design length of members and choose appropriate sections with little input from the engineer.
In such circumstances, an overall grasp of the re‐ action ...
... of the structure to load will help to
protect the engineer from either the misuse or misunderstanding of the computer.
An intuitive understanding and the qualitative analysis of structures
Qualitative analysis of beams
Qualitative analysis of frames
A Strategy for the development of an intuitive understanding in the design office
Solutions to practice problems ‐ Frames
The computer as a tool in the design process
Engineering on the right
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