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on 26 April 2017
I will fully agree with all the reviews already posted, however I am really struggling to understand how this book is rated with 4 stars.
Spotted quite a few mistakes with a first quick read and as other reviewers have already commented i.e. units in loading, formulas, page 10: EC0, Eqn. 6.10b is 1.25Gk (1.35 x ξ=0.925) and not 1.15Gk etc.
It is more of an introductory book on the subject at an HND to Undergraduate level. The design examples are well presented but there are no references to BS-ENs and corresponding National Annexes whatsoever.
Omitted: loading/tributary areas for two-way slab design + design examples to EC2, continuous beam design (rectangular, T and/or L-Shaped) implementing moment distribution, unbraced columns, columns under bi-axial bending, pad, strip footings...and I won't carry on.
£30+ to learn how to: take down loads in rectangular one-way slabs and how to design: simply supported beams, one way slabs and braced short columns in RC design?
All in all, If revised and updated it can be a very good book. It's current format is very readable. I also found the masonry chapter interesting. It is definitely just an introductory book on Eurocodes/structural elements design with quite a few but just very basic worked examples to get you started.
In my opinion W.M.C. McKenzie's and Arya Chanakya's books are still the best books on the subject by quite some distance.