2nd Edition

Structural Engineer's Pocket Book British Standards Edition

By Fiona Cobb Copyright 2018
    416 Pages
    by CRC Press

    412 Pages
    by CRC Press

    The Structural Engineer's Pocket Book British Standards Edition is the only compilation of all tables, data, facts and formulae needed for scheme design to British Standards by structural engineers in a handy-sized format. Bringing together data from many sources into a compact, affordable pocketbook, it saves valuable time spent tracking down information needed regularly.

    This second edition is a companion to the more recent Eurocode third edition.

    Although small in size, this book contains the facts and figures needed for preliminary design whether in the office or on-site. Based on UK conventions, it is split into 14 sections including geotechnics, structural steel, reinforced concrete, masonry and timber, and includes a section on sustainability covering general concepts, materials, actions and targets for structural engineers.

    Preface to Second Edition

    Preface to First Edition


    General information

    Metric system

    Typical metric units for UK structural engineering

    Imperial units

    Conversion factors

    Measurement of angles

    Construction documentation and procurement

    Drawing conventions

    Common arrangement of work sections

    Summary of ACE conditions of engagement

    Statutory Authorities and Permissions


    Building regulations and standards

    Listed buildings

    Conservation areas

    Tree preservation orders

    Archaeology and ancient monuments

    Party Wall etc. Act


    Design Data

    Design data checklist

    Structural form, stability and robustness

    Structural movement joints

    Fire resistance periods for structural elements

    Typical building tolerances

    Historical use of building materials

    Typical weights of building materials

    Minimum imposed floor loads

    Typical unit floor and roof loadings

    Wind loading

    Barrier and handrail loadings

    Selection of materials

    Selection of floor construction


    Temporary works toolkit

    Basic and Shortcut Tools for Structural Analysis

    British Standard load factors and limit states

    Eurocode introduction and load factors

    Geometric section properties

    Parallel axis theorem

    Composite sections

    Material properties

    Coefficients of linear thermal expansion

    Coefficients of friction

    Sign conventions

    Beam bending theory

    Deflection limits

    Beam bending and deflection formulae

    Clapeyron’s equations of three moments

    Continuous beam bending formulae


    Rigid frames under lateral load



    Taut wires, cables and chains



    Selection of foundations and retaining walls

    Site investigation

    Soil classification

    Typical soil properties

    Preliminary sizing

    Trees and shallow foundations

    Contaminated land

    Timber and Plywood

    Timber section sizes

    Laminated timber products

    Durability and fire resistance

    Preliminary sizing of timber elements

    Timber design to BS 5268

    Timber joints


    Geometry and arrangement

    Durability and fire resistance

    Preliminary sizing of masonry elements

    Masonry design to BS 5628

    Masonry design to CP111

    Lintel design to BS5977

    Masonry accessories

    Reinforced Concrete

    Concrete mixes

    Durability and fire resistance

    Preliminary sizing of concrete elements


    Concrete design to BS 8110

    Reinforcement bar bending to BS 8666

    Reinforcement estimates

    Structural Steel

    Mild steel selection sizes and tolerances


    Durability and fire resistance

    Preliminary sizing of steel elements

    Steel design to BS 5950

    Steel design to BS 449

    Stainless steel to BS 5950

    Composite Steel and Concrete

    Preliminary sizing of composite elements

    Composite design to BS 5950

    Structural Glass

    Typical glass section sizes and thickness

    Durability and fire resistance

    Typical glass sizes for common applications

    Structural glass design


    Building Elements, Materials, Fixings and Fastenings


    Basement waterproofing


    Precast concrete hollowcore slabs

    Bi-metallic corrosion

    Structural adhesives

    Fixings and fastenings

    Spanner and podger dimensions

    Cold weather working

    Effect of fire on construction materials




    Environmental indicators

    Climate change predictions for the UK

    Sustainability scenarios and targets

    Sustainable building design priorities

    Exposed slabs and thermal mass

    Embodied energy

    Construction waste

    Reclaimed materials

    Recycled materials

    Design for demountability

    Green materials specification

    Toxicity, health and air quality

    Sustainable timber

    Cement substitutes

    Sustainable aggregates

    Useful Mathematics

    Trigonometric relationships

    Special triangles

    Algebraic relationships

    Equations of curves

    Standard differentials and integrals

    Useful Addresses

    Further Reading




    Fiona Cobb is a Consulting Engineer with Price & Myers in the UK. She was awarded the ACE Young Consultant of the Year in 2007.