on 18 June 2003
This book is recommended by our lecturers in university. The book is useful as it contained all the information that I needed for my first year study of Civil Engineering. The ‘Problems’ (in format of problems sheets) sections are handy and very useful as small revision. The graphics and diagrams are clear, and the calculations made can be easily understood by a first year student like me.
On the negative side, I am a bit confused with many ‘frames’ (that is small sections, NOT structure) in the book. Each frame ends with a question to develop understanding and begins with the answer from previous frame being put in some big black boxes. Although it is a good idea to divide a small chapter into many small parts, however the boxes at the beginning of each frame looks like an important summary rather than answers, it gets frustrating at time during your last minutes revision!
Overall, I think this book is extremely useful for students who just started to study Civil or Structural engineering. It briefly covers all the information you needed without getting too difficult and technical. This is also a good book for people who are too lazy to go to lectures.
on 14 May 2011
For any engineering student, this is offers an ideal introduction to structural theory, with only some background in maths and basic equilibrium physics needed.
It covers most of the core structural engineering design and analysis principles, mostly shown from first principles. Consequently it doesn't go much deeper than the contents list does suggest, but I could see it being useful to have stashed somewhere even for advanced engineers as a reference and a starting point for unique, complex problems.
Probably not essential though for anyone who is comfortable with what is on the contents list.
on 23 March 2009
Very good book for student who start to study structural mechanics for the first time. It is a very easy book to understand and you do not need very good math skills. If you have already studied structural mechanics and you need a book to use as manual, other books are better.
on 1 September 2015
Very good detailed examples of problems and solutions though the detail can sometimes overwhelm as things are occasionally hard to follow when not completely explained. Very good reference guide for calculation in 2nd/3rd year of university in Civil Eng or Structural Mech. Goes well with 'Understanding Structures: Analysis, Materials, Design' which explains the theories at a slightly more accessible level.