The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 76 (1998) > Issues > Issue 2 > Over-Design: Fact or Fiction?
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Over-Design: Fact or Fiction?

This paper considers where over-design may exist in current engineering practice and, in particulal; traces the history of imposed load allowances and the relevance of current values, as designated in the current British Standard, to today’s commercial ofice buildings. Independent research into actual loading conditions is considered and compared with the normally adopted values of imposed loads. Anomalies with other western European countries are noted, and areas where a review of the current relevant British Standards may be appropriate are identfied. J.A. Austin

Author(s): Austin, J A

Keywords: research;design;office buildings;floors;imposed loads;comparing;people;partitions;computers;corridors