The proposal to write this text book began with a request from D. Arun Kumar. Not many books were available at that time to deal with the latest practices in steel structures, and that set me thinking about writing a book to fill this void.
I thank Sandhya Jayadev and Jennifer Sargunar, who took special interest in this project. I also thank my students, G. Phanii Kumar and K. Harish, who helped me in completing this book. Finally, I acknowledge the enthusiasm and support received from my wife Dr K. Sobha and my son K. Sai Vivek.
K. S. Sai Ram