Author: The Institution of Structural Engineers
1 September 2013
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When developing a scheme, the choice of floor slab construction is critical to the columns, foundations, walls and overall stability. As such, the floor slab’s form should be selected with care and consideration. Updated in October 2016.
This note pays particular attention to partial factors with reference to BS EN 1990: Eurocode – Basis of structural design , to illustrate how extreme events are approached, and explains how the code interprets the application of loads (actions) for such events.
Once the concept and scheme design has been determined, initial sizing of elements commences. This note shows how to size elements, prior to detailed design. This process allows the engineer to gain an appreciation of structural form.