The pioneering website www.structuralconcepts.org, by Tianjian Ji and Adrian Bell, goes back to basics and explains in detail the basic principles of structural concepts and how they relate to the real world. Following on from and expanding upon the website, comes this book. Essential for the civil engineering student, it examines the concepts in closer detail with formulae and technical terminology, while remaining grounded in the website's practical approach. With hundreds of photographs and diagrams, you are encouraged to visualize each concept in turn and to understand how it applies to every day life. However much you may come to rely on software packages to do a lot of the technical calculation, it will always be vital to understand what does and doesn't work and why. With its recipe format and straight-forward explanations, this will be your companion through your engineering degree and early years of practice.