[HOW TO APPROACH THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS VIGNETTE]
May 6, 2012
I’ve read much on areforum.org that the ‘column and beam’ approach is easier and less complicated than the ‘bearing wall’ approach. So, this guide outlines how to solve the structural vignette using the column and beam approach.
1. Start with the upper level
Starting with the upper level allows you to see where the columns are transferred down to. This helps to eliminate what could be a fatal error with the vignette.
The program states that the common area is the only double story space in this layout
Lets start by drawing the columns in each of the corners in the upper level.
This gives us an ideas of the span between columns.