The tallness of a building is relative and can not be defined in absolute terms either in relation to height or the number of stories. But, from a structural engineer's point of view the tall building or multi-storeyed building can be defined as one that, by virtue of its height, is affected by lateral forces due to wind or earthquake or both to an extent that they play an important role in the structural design. Tall structures have fascinated mankind from the beginning of civilisation.
Multi-Storey Steel Buildings is one of two design guidelines. Design guidelines second Single-Storey Steel Buildings. Two design guidelines have been produced within the framework of the European project "Creating conditions for market development for the department in the industrial hall and low-rise buildings (SECHALO) RFS2 targets-CT-2008-0030 ".
At the instigation of the Iron and Steel Federation, the late Bernard Godfrey began
work in 1952 on the ﬁrst edition of the Steel Designers’ Manual.As principal author
he worked on the manuscript almost continuously for a period of two years. On
many Friday evenings he would meet with his co-authors, Charles Gray, Lewis Kent
and W.E. Mitchell to review progress and resolve outstanding technical problems.
A remarkable book emerged.