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Dead and Live Loads

  1. Oct 14, 2009 #1
    Hey guys im a first year civil engineering student and we have a project where we have to design a building! everything is all good except we havnt been taught anything at all about calculating an estimated weight for our designed building and how do get the dead and live loads the the columns will be under if the building was complete!
    my question is does anybody know any basic formulas for guestimating a weight for my structure and how to calculate basic dead and live loads??

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  3. Oct 14, 2009 #2


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    Local building codes will give you the dead and live loads. Other than that, your statics book should have some values listed.

  4. Oct 14, 2009 #3
    Guesstimate - 100 psf per floor, which includes dead + live loads.
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