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Alan Williams, Ph.D., S.E., F.I.C.E., C. Eng., is a registered structural engineer in California who has had extensive experience in the practice and teaching of structural engineering. In California, he has worked as a Senior Transportation Engineer in the Department of Transportation and as Principal for Structural Safety in the Division of the State Architect. His prior positions include Professor of Structural Analysis at Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria, nd consulting structural engineer in South Africa and the United States.




Dr. Williams’ practical experience includes the design and construction of bridges, schools, and commercial and industrial structures. The author obtained his bachelor of science degree and doctorate from Leeds University and has published 13 papers and nine books on structural engineering topics. Dr. Williams is a member of the Structural Engineers Association of Southern California, Fellow and Life Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and a Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.




The International Code Council (ICC), a membership association dedicated to building safety, fire prevention, and energy efficiency, develops the codes and standards used to construct residential and commercial buildings, including homes and schools. The mission of ICC is to provide the highest quality codes, standards, products, and services for all concerned with the safety and performance of the built environment. Most U.S. cities, counties, and states choose the International Codes, building safety codes developed by the ICC. The International Codes also serve as the basis for construction of federal properties around the world, and as a reference for many nations outside the United States.




The ICC is also dedicated to innovation and sustainability and Code Council subsidiary, ICC Evaluation Service, issues Evaluation Reports for innovative products and reports of Sustainable Attributes Verification and Evaluation (SAVE).  The purpose of this book is to introduce engineers to the design of steel structures using the International Code Council’s 2012 International Building Code (IBC). The International




Building Code is a national building code which has consolidated and replaced the three model codes previously published by Building Officials and Code Administrators International (BOCA), International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO), and Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI).




The first Code was published in 2000 and it has now been adopted by most jurisdictions in the United States. In the 2012 IBC, two specifications of the American Institute of Steel Construction are adopted by reference. These are Specification for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 360-10) and Seismic Provisions for Structural Steel Buildings (AISC 341-10). This book is based on the final draft of AISC 360-10. Where appropriate, the text uses the 13th edition of the AISC Steel Construction Manual, which includes AISC 360-05, as the 14th edition of the Manual was not available at the time of this publication. The design aids in the Manual are independent of the edition of the Specification.




Traditionally, structural steel design has been based on allowable stress design (ASD), also called working stress design. In ASD, allowable stress of a material is compared to calculated working stress resulting from service loads. In 1986, AISC introduced a specification based entirely on load and resistance factor design (LRFD) for design of structures. In 2005, AISC introduced a unified specification in which both




methods were incorporated, both based on the nominal strength of a member, and this principle is continued in the 2010 Specification. In accordance with AISC 360 Sec. B3, structural steel design may be done by either load and resistance factor design or by allowable strength design. 

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