In traditional structural analysis there is focus on mechanics, on how solutions are obtained, and on hand calculations. The modern context needs to be focused on:

  1. How to establish the model.
  2. How to validate the model (ensure that it is capable of meeting the requirements).
  3. How to verify the results.
  4. How to use the results to develop an understanding of structural behaviour.
  5. Structural mechanics.

The first four of theses issues are not part of the traditional focus; dealing with them characterises the 'modern' context of structural analysis. They represent a modelling process which helps to reduce the risk in the uses of analysis models. Mechanics remains a very important issue but, unlike the modern issues, it is covered in conventional textbooks.