Structural Steel Design
BEAMS FOR DUMMIES
The downloadable document below is aimed at people who are not structural engineers but need to decide what size beam to use for a particular purpose. If the instructions are followed with great care the recommended beams will be safe. However, many things can go wrong and a big beam with a heavy weight hanging from it can be very dangerous. The South African Institute of Steel Constructions can provide a list of names of structural engineers who can assist in such a case. Obviously, they will demand a fee, but they can also be of great value.