Selection of Structural System

Typically, several types of structures are picked and investigated at least through preliminary or schematic design stage. Consideration is given to alternative:

  • Materials for structural and non-structural elements
  • Connection types
    - fixed
    - partially restrained, etc.
  • Configuration
    - regular
    - irregular
  • Load carrying systems
    - vertical loads
    - horizontal loads
  • Types of foundation

Seismic and functional performance and economic cost are then assessed for each alternative.