Industry publications represent current knowledge and best practices. They present detailed methods supported by empirical data and the peer review process. We use these references to help us through the challenges we encounter on projects. However, there is room for a new type of reference.
A Method for Steel Beam Design is for structural engineers-in-training: curious undergraduates, current graduates, and those in the field. We follow a preliminary design exercise in this document. We focus on the decision-making method.
Our exercise follows five steps. You will need the National Building Code of Canada 2015 and the Handbook of Steel Construction to understand the details. We have included a list of references and a glossary. May these tools help satisfy your curiosity and continued learning.
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