Overview of the Design Process


A few homilies to keep in mind regarding the design process are:

  • a design is only as good as the structure
  • you can't make a silk purse from a sow's ear
  • the level of engineering must be reflected in the details

Basic Parts of the Design Process

The basic parts of the design process include:

  • Determination of functional and operational requirements
  • Site evaluation
  • Selection of structural system
    - structural materials
    - continuity of load path
    - structural systems
    - configuration
  • Engineering
    - Preliminary design
    - Final design (analysis and detailing)
    - Reliability / verification analysis
  • Quality Control / Assurance
    - Engineering peer review
    - Construction
    - Inspection
    - Maintenance