Structural Spans

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    David Kaplan

    Carie,

    Not sure if this book is on your radar and perhaps you have it, but I strongly recommend that you get the Architect's Studio Companion for questions such as this one.  They have excellent tables in the front of each chapter - for example the Structural Systems chapter - that tell you in what situations certain structural systems are ideal to use.  Criteria such as "lowest initial cost" or "largest span without columns" or "shallowest members" - things like that.  I had questions like this on the ARE and read and reread these tables quite a few times as a part of my studying.  Same thing for MEP systems too - they tell you which are to ideal to use and when.  Highly recommend it.

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    Carie Penabad

    Many thanks David.  

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