Types of Factories
A Guide for Design of Factories
The design of factories are more complex than the design of small multi-purpose workshops. Factories are
generally used for large building structures and used mainly for manufacturing and production facilities. Such
factory buildings can include Bottling Plant, Cement Plant, Fertilizer Plant, Car Assembly. Factories are usually
single storey portal frame structure, although in multi-storey factories are also common in some
countries where land is expensive.
If you are more into the design of small multi-purpose industrial building check out our section on Types of
This section will look at several structural design guidelines for Factories. Note that you may need to
work with an Architect who will prepare the architectural drawings while as a structural engineer, you tasks would
be to provide structural engineering aspects.
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Authur- Philip Goh (B.Sc, MIEM, P.Eng. MICE,
MEC Engineers, Civil & Structural Engineer