This is a question asked by an entry level civil engineer recently.
Infact he had not thought about this all the while he was modelling in ETABS until he saw a real building.
This is a familar story.Most civil engineering students focus on etabs modelling,staadpro tutorials and so on only on structural design software.While all these civil design software are useful,they are only good as much as you are.We need to know how to use it and how some design parameters are to be used in ETABS and STAAD and similar structural software.
Some one following me might have seen me stating this many times.This is because its so much important to focus on things around you.So the next time you walk in to a building, see how it is schemed.See if you are able to visualise the structural load path and the system.
Read as many drawings as possible,Structural,architectural,services and what ever you can get hold of.
Go to site and see how buildings are build.This gives you more understanding and even more questions.
Its the questions that should drive your each day! New questions,new answers,new structural challenges and thus new structural solutions.This dives our world.
Here is a video that will answer the Question on modelling of inclined buildings in plan.
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