In civil engineering Structural design
is a reiterative
process of applying engineering mechanics
and past experience to create a functional, economic and, most importantly, safe structure for the public to enjoy. Using structural analysis
techniques and comforming to design specifications the design engineer works to create a solution that is to everyone's benefit.
Sadly, structural design is also a process that has evolved to its modern refinement through hard lessons. See structural collapse, serviceability and serviceability failure.