Deconstructing the Structural Design of Buildings

José Sérgio dos Santos

Are you at the construction site with the design of a design close at hand? Deconstructing the structural design of buildings: reinforced and prestressed concrete is a book that will help you move from paper to practice. Richly illustrated with over 100 illustrations, the book explains in a practical and didactic way how to correctly interpret the technical drawings that make up the structural design.

The book presents the design in the sequence in which the construction work is executed, from the location of the pillars, foundations and strapping to stairs, beams, slabs, prestressing and water tanks, allowing the correct understanding of the information in blueprints, cross-sections and details during the execution.

In summary, it facilitates the safe step of the abstract design to the practical construction. It is aimed at students and young professionals of Civil Engineering and Architecture, technologists in building construction and its control and technicians in buildings and civil construction design.

Original title
Desconstruindo o projeto estrutural de edifícios
Year of publication

About the authors

José Sérgio dos Santos

José Sérgio dos Santos is coordinator of the course of Civil Engineering at IFCE (Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology of Ceará) and has experience in Civil Engineering, with emphasis on Structural Engineering and Water Resources. He worked as a project engineer, developing projects of residential and commercial buildings in the Northeast region of Brazil and in Brasília. He is the author of the book Deconstructing the structural project of buildings: reinforced and prestressed concrete, published by Oficina de Textos.

Author's CV.

1. Initial considerations on structural design

1.1 Materials

1.2 Structural systems

1.3 Loading and actions

1.4 Calculations

1.5 Presentation of structural design


2. Location of columns

2.1 Initial point of location

2.2 Dimensions of structural elements

2.3 Centroid table

2.4 Schematic section

2.5 Pile summary

2.6 Notes


3. Detail design for footings

3.1 Direct footing (shallow)

3.2 Indirect footings (deep)


4. Connecting Beams

4.1 Fastening the pile cap

4.2 Defining the limits for the elevator

4.3 Beginning of the stair


5. Stair

5.1 Stair formwork

5.2 Stair sections

5.3 Stair reinforcement


6. Columns

6.1 Beginning of columns

6.2 Detail design for a typical column segment

6.3 Folding and jointing between segments

6.4 Other formats of columns


7. Formwork

7.1 Symbology

7.2 Type of slabs

7.3 Curved elements


8. Slab reinforcement

8.1 Graphic representation on structural designs

8.2 Solid slabs reinforcement

8.3 Waffle slabs reinforcement


9. Beams reinforcement

9.1 Longitudinal reinforcement

9.2 Transversal reinforcement

9.3 Graphic representation on structural designs


10. Post-Tensioning Construction

10.1 Unbonded tendon

10.2 Design details

10.3 Tendon profile

10.4 Posttensioning of slabs

10.5 Quantitative of prestressed tendons


11. Water tank

11.1 Bottom slab

11.2 Top slab

11.3 Reinforcement between walls

11.4 Walls reinforcement


12. Material Quantities and indexes

12.1 Material Quantities

12.2 Relative indexes