Analysis vs Design
Structural Analysis is the prediction of the performance of a given structure under prescribed loads and/or other effects, such as support movements and temperature change.
Structural design is the art of utilizing principles of statics, dynamics, and mechanics of materials to determine the size and arrangement of structural elements under prescribed loads and/or other effects.
Design procedure consists of two parts:
- Functional Design
Functional design ensures that intended results are achieved such as adequate working area, elevators, stairways, etc
- Structural Framework Design
Structural framework design is the selection of the arrangement and sizes of structural elements so that service loads may be carried.