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Elementary Structural Design Workshop (36 PDH)

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This course has been designed to train the P.Eng licenses candidates on how to pass the APEGGA technical course exam requirements 98-Civ-A2 , the delivery mode of this workshop is 5 consecutive Saturdays over 5 weeks (7.5 hours every saturday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm), total of 36 hours.
August 29, 2009
September 12, 19, 26, 2009
October 3, 2009

Course Description:

This course is a practical structural design course that contains step-by-step procedures that include instructions that help understand and solve routine building structural problems. The course contains a short introduction to the National Building Code of Canada, NBCC 2005, and then goes into detail on how to calculate the expected environmental and occupational loads on a structure, which includes dead, live, snow, wind, and seismic loads. The course then goes into the design of steel, reinforced concrete, and wooden structural elements by limit states design according to the Canadian Standard Association CSA codes S16-01, A23.3-04, and O86-01, respectively. The course also includes the connection design of steel and wooden members.

Target Audience:

  • Structural site Engineers and even design Engineers needing to refresh their design skills according to the new building code and design standards.
  • APEGGA examinees for the 98-Civ-A2 elementary structural Design
  • Structural contractors wanting to know how the structures they erect are designed.
  • Structural draftsmen wanting to know how the structures they draw are designed.
  • Architects and non-structural engineers such as mechanical, electrical and plant engineers interested in upgrading their knowledge and skills in the area of structural design.

Course Objectives:

Introduce the attendees to the manner in which environmental influences and occupancies are transformed into structural loadings and the manner in which structures resist these loadings. The attendees will learn how to compute loadings, and to design steel, concrete and wood members, including steel and wood connections. The course also aims at exposing the attendees to the practical aspects of design, which are normally gained through practical experience and the work in design offices.

Expected Outcomes:

This course will introduce you to the current codes and standards that govern structural design, including the structural provisions of the National Building Code of Canada NBCC 2005. You will also learn:

  • Basic understanding of codes and design methods.
  • Understanding of how to calculate the environmental and occupational loads and their combined effect on a structure.
  • Knowledge on the design of steel tension, compression and bending members.
  • Knowledge on the design of reinforced concrete beams and columns.
  • Knowledge on the design of wooden beams and columns.
  • Knowledge on the design of steel and wooden connections.

Course Outline and Covered Topics:

  1. Limit states design fundamentals and concepts.
  2. Calculating the loads on the structure due to use and occupancy, snow, wind, and earthquake loads according to the NBC 2005.
  3. Evaluating the load combinations on structures according to the NBC 2005 and determining the governing loads for design.
  4. Structural steel material properties and design fundamentals
  5. Design of steel tension members, compression members (columns) and laterally supported and unsupported steel beams.
  6. Design of steel welded and bolted connections.
  7. Reinforced concrete material properties and design fundamentals. This includes properties and design requirements for reinforcing steel
  8. Design of reinforced concrete beams, which includes single and doubled reinforced rectangular and T-sections.
  9. Design of reinforced concrete columns.
  10. Timber (wood) material properties and design fundamentals
  11. Design of timber tension members, beams, and columns.
  12. Design of timber connections.

Handouts and Learning Materials:

There will be an extensive set of notes (handouts) given in each lecture that will minimize note taking and allow you to concentrate fully on the presentations and will enhance your learning experience. However, attendees are highly encouraged to read in the recommended textbooks.


Assignments reinforce the concepts presented in this course. They will be collected for grading, and their solutions will be discussed in the beginning of each lecture.


  1. User's Guide - NBC 2005 Structural Commentaries (Part 4), National Research Council of Canada, 2005.
  2. Handbook of Steel Construction. 9th Edition, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction.
  3. Concrete Design Handbook, CPCA, 2006.
  4. Wood Design Manual, Canadian Wood Council, 2005.


  1. National Building Code of Canada 2005. National Research Council of Canada
  2. Kulak and Grondin, Limit States Design in Structural Steel. 8th Edition, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Toronto. CISC, 2006.
  3. MacGregor, James and Bartlett, Michael “Reinforced Concrete: Mechanics and Design”, Prentice Hall Englewood Cliffs New Jersey, Canadian Edition,
  4. Introduction to Wood Design, Canadian Wood Council


Help is always available. Simply contact the GIC office or the instructor by email to schedule a tutoring session in 1-hour blocks.


This course can be used towards technical upgrading and certificates of completion will be handed out at the end of the course. In case of absence, attendees are responsible to acquire notes from classmates. Moreover, they are responsible for turning in assignments on time and making up any work that has been missed. 9 lectures are scheduled in a 4-hour block over 10 weeks, i.e. one lecture per week.


The final grade will be computed according to the performance in assignments and a take-home final exam.

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GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations. Please click here for complete policies.

Course Location

Global Innovative Campus
17818 -107 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB
T5S 1J1

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Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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