ESDEP WG 1B
INTRODUCTION TO DESIGN
Lecture 1B.1: Process of Design
o introduce the challenge of creative design and to explain approaches by which it may beachieved.
A general knowledge of basic applied mechanics is assumed and prior encouragement should begiven to read J E Gordon's three books [1,2,3].
Since this lecture deals with the process of design in general terms almost all other lectures arerelated to it in some way.
hose sections which are most closely associated with it are1B:Introduction to Design,14: Structural Systems: Buildings,15A: Structural Systems:
Offshore,15B: Structural Systems: Bridges, and15C: Structural Systems: Miscellaneous
he lecture begins by considering a definition of design and some objectives. It discusses how adesigner can approach a new problem in general and how a structural designer can develop astructural system. It concludes by considering differences of emphasis in design approach for different classes of structure.
1. DESIGN OBJECTIVES
he results of successful design in structural engineering can be seen and used by everyone, seeFigure 1.