2nd Edition

Australian Guidebook for Structural Engineers

By Lonnie Pack, Brian Kinnear Copyright 2025
    488 Pages 222 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This guidebook is a practical and essential tool covering all the necessary steps for structural design engineers to create detailed and accurate calculations in accordance with Australian and international standards.

    General project requirements are explained in terms of project management and document control. Calculation methods and details are shown for actions (wind, seismic, dead and live loads). Design details are then provided for steel, concrete, timber, and geotechnical calculations (footings, piles, retaining walls, etc.). Detailed worked example calculations are included throughout the text, as well as typical CAD details for design drawings. Design items are explained for typical items of equipment found across various industries (e.g. piping, vessels, lifting, machine foundations, access, composite structures, bunds, and more). Design aids are provided, including guides and examples for popular engineering programs (Space Gass, Strand7, and Rhinoceros 3D). Comprehensive capacity tables are also included for steel and concrete elements.

    This edition has been updated to include the latest design requirements from Australian Standards, including Steel Structures (AS 4100–2020), Concrete Structures (AS 3600–2018) (including steel fibre reinforced concrete slabs), and basic requirements from Timber Structures (AS 1720.1–2010). Requirements from many more Australian Standards and international standards are also provided in the context of typical design projects.

    1. Setting up the project.

    2. Design.

    3. Steel design.

    4. Concrete design.

    5. Timber basics.

    6. Geotechnical.

    7. Design items.

    8. Design aids.

    9. Vendor catalogues.

    10. Notations and abbreviations.


    Lonnie Pack is a chartered professional engineer (CPEng) through Engineers Australia, and a registered professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and Victoria (BLA). He is also listed on the National Engineering Register (NER). Lonnie is the Director of Pack Engineering, where he investigates failures in engineering and construction, and provides expert witness services. Lonnie is also a Senior Principal Structural Engineer at Tetra Tech, where he previously managed the Structural Engineering department for the east coast of Australia, and the Geotechnics department (Coffey) for Queensland.

    Brian Kinnear has 40 years of structural design experience in the UK and Australia. He is a chartered professional engineer with Engineers Australia (CPEng), a registered professional engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (MIStructE). Brian has been principal engineer on various major infrastructure projects throughout his career.