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Structural Design for Non-Structural Engineers (2.4 CEUs)

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Daily Schedule:
8:00am - Registration and coffee (1st day only)
8:30am - Session begins
4:30pm - Adjournment
Breakfast, two refreshment breaks and lunch are provided daily (Except Webinars).
This course is intended to give the basics in understanding structural engineering theories, design rationale, and step by step procedures that will assist to understand and solve building structural problems.
The course contains a short introduction to the national building code 2010 and then goes into detail on how to calculate loads and loads combinations that include environmental loads and occupational loads. Loading calculations on structures in accordance to NBCC2010 which include dead, live, snow, wind and seismic loads will be discussed. A summary of the basics of structural analysis for design will be explained, then the course goes into the design of steel according to S16-09, and concrete design in accordance to A23-1 will be explained. Steel and concrete members’ designs besides steel connection design are discussed. Also foundation design will be explained for both shallow and deep foundation. 

This course will be considered as an introduction to structural design of steel and concrete structures; the attendee will have the understanding of how those structures resist all loadings. You will be familiar with the design and codes used to design buildings. For the structural engineer this course will be a refresher to the basics of structural engineering and design. 

Target Audience
  • Structural site engineers and even design engineers needing to refresh their design skills according to the new building code and design standards. 
  • 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.
After Attending This Course You Will Be Able To:
  • Gain a basic understanding of structural analysis
  • Gain a basic understanding of building design
  • Familiarize yourself with load, load calculations, and load combinations
  • Familiarize yourself with steel design, such as tension, compression members, and beam - column design
  • Familiarize yourself with concrete design including beam, column, and introduction to floor design (one-way slab)
  • Familiarize yourself with steel connection design
  • Familiarize yourself with foundations design

Mohamed Khalil

Mohamed Khalil, Ph.D., P.Eng., MBA, MASc is the founder and Director Manager of STENVRO Engineering, he has over 20 years experience in concrete and steel design, fatigue analysis and structural design in Canada and abroad. In addition he was the Marketing Manager for aircraft and aircraft components at both Pratt and Whitney Canada and Bombardier Aerospace. Dr. Khalil has hands-on experience as a specialist in Pratt and Whitney Canada, in designing critical rotating structures under high and low cycle fatigue loading. He has been involved in designing many projects for Ford Motor Company, MascoTech Inc., Kobelco Metal Powder of America Inc., and the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) using the preliminary structure analysis, fatigue and fracture design. He was also involved in designing high-rise buildings, underground metro stations, education centers and education residence as well as steel factories.

Dr. Khalil conducted many courses in the area of engineering, economics and engineering management at Global Innovative Campus, Lakehead University and the University of Waterloo. He co-authored many technical journal papers and he delivered scientific and marketing presentations in technical symposiums around the world. He is also serving as a technical reviewer for international scientific journals.

Dr. Khalil obtained his MASc. and his Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, he specialized in metal fatigue and stress analysis. He obtained his Masters of Business Administration from Rotman school of Management at the University of Toronto specializing in Marketing and General Management. He is also a member of engineering associations in Canada and abroad.

Program Outline

Day 1

Structural Loads and Procedures
  • NBC section 4.1 and supplement
  • Specified loads
  • Limit states design
Structural Analysis
  • Applied loads
  • Equilibrium and free body diagrams
  • Determinant and indeterminate structures
  • Axial load, shear and bending
Member Properties
  • Cross sectional area
  • Moment of inertia
  • Section modulus
  • Composite construction
  • Strength
  • Stiffness
Structural Behavior
  • Slabs, beams and trusses
  • Walls and columns
  • Frames
  • Arches and domes
  • Cable structures
  • Basement walls
  • Footings
  • Retaining walls
  • Pile foundations
Day 2

Reinforced Concrete Design
  • Products, properties and failure modes
  • Design standards
  • Slabs
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Shear walls
  • Footings
  • Retaining walls
  • Concrete piles 
  • Prestressed concrete 
  • Precast concrete
  • Corrosion protection
  • Fire resistance
  • Concrete repairs
Day 3

Structural Steel Design
  • Products, properties and failure modes
  • Design standards
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Tension members
  • Bracing
  • Connections
  • Composite design
  • Steel deck
  • Corrosion protection
  • Fire protection
Day 4

Wood Design
  • Products, properties and failure modes
  • CSA 086.1 design standard
  • Beams and joists
  • Columns and studs
  • Trusses
  • Panels
  • Connections
  • Wood frame construction
  • Decay protection
  • Fire protection
Masonry Design
  • Products, properties and failure modes
  • Empirical design standards
  • Walls and columns
  • Beams and lintels
  • Shear walls
  • Common problems and solutions
Building Design Sample


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Course Location

Best Western Village Park Inn
1804 Crowchild Trail NW
Calgary, AB
T2M 3Y7

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