Structures: A Geometric Approach

Graphical Statics and Analysis

  • Edmond Saliklis

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


Graphic methods for structural design essentially translate problems of algebra into geometric representations, allowing solutions to be reached using geometric construction (ie: drawing pictures) instead of tedious and error-prone arithmetic. This was the common method before the invention of calculators and computers, but had been largely abandoned in the last half century in favor of numerical techniques. However, in recent years the convenience and ease of graphic statics has made a comeback in architecture and engineering. Several professors have begun using graphic statics in the environment. But until now, there had been no guidebook that rapidly brings students up to speed on the fundamentals of how to create graphical solutions to statics problems.
Graphic Statics introduces all of the traditional graphic statics techniques in a parametric drawing format, using the free program GeoGebra. Then, advanced topics such as indeterminate beams and three dimensional curved surfaces are be covered. Along the way, links to wider design ideas are introduced in a succinct summary of the steps needed to create elegant solutions to many static
equilibrium problems.
Meant for students in civil and architectural engineering, architecture,and construction, this practical introduction will also be useful to professionals looking to add the power of graphic statics to their work.


Graphic methods Structural design Geometric representations Architecture Indeterminate beams Graphic Statics Graphical Analysis Parametric Analysis Indeterminate Analysis Graphically 3D Analysis Graphically Structures for Architects Lateral Loads on Rigid Diaphragms Truss Analysis Beam Analysis Frame Analysis GeoGebra

Authors and affiliations

  • Edmond Saliklis
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  1. 1.Department of Architectural EngineeringCalifornia Polytechnic State UniversitySan Luis ObispoUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-98745-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-98746-0
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