Structural design – achieving excellence (PDF)

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This report provides an overview of the tasks undertaken by structural engineers during both design and construction. It covers the different stages that engineers will encounter as they progress through the design and construction of a project - from inception and scheme design, through detailed design and finally to construction.

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This publication, together with Structural design – the engineer’s role (2011), updates and expands on the previously published Aims of structural design 2nd edition (1987) and Communication of structural design (1975). A related Stability of buildings series is also available from the Institution.


Following an introduction, Chapters 2 and 3 describe important initial considerations in relation to the structural engineer’s profession, the design proposal and the general activities carried out during design. Chapters 4-6 provide guidance on the means for demonstrating adequacy and the key performance requirements and features needed to sustain global structural integrity. Chapters 7 and 8 outline the role of the structural engineer during the construction stage and explain ways in which the structural design may be communicated.


The report focuses on building structures, but remains a valid blueprint for any type of structure. Whilst aimed primarily at graduate structural engineers, the guidance contained herein covers fundamental considerations of value to structural engineers of any experience level.

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Publication date April 2016
Publisher IStructE Ltd