In this paper, manual design of beam-columns, based on the procedure adopted by
american society of steel construction, is described. an attempt has been taken to
apply artificial neural network to the design of steel beam-columns of hot-rolled
shapes. for this purpose, a set of data have been generated using the software package
staad pro, and then used in training and testing the neural network. the results showed
that artificial neural network after successful learning could specify the proper
sections with relatively high accuracy.