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Cost Estimating Tutorial

How to estimate load in a Tributary Area

John Tingerthal has presented the following useful video for construction professionals. This video highlights the issues occurred while ascertaining distributed load on a beam and column reactions toward an uncomplicated beam-and-plank system through inconsistent bay sizes.

The tributary area makes calculation for column size. Each lower column gathers supplementary load from each floor. Envisage load like water and the columns as pipes. In the meantime, extend to the bottom, the pipes (columns) are required to accumulate all the water (load). Each floor, however is self-reliant.

Tributary Area and load calcuations