Course Description

Architects and non-structural engineers often work together with structural engineers on design projects. An understanding of the basic concepts of structural engineering could make their jobs easier. If you are involved with the design and construction of concrete, steel, or wood structures, you will find this course particularly helpful. It is assumed that course participants have no formal training in structural engineering. Basic concepts and design examples will be reviewed without in-depth mathematical derivations. This course is not designed to make you a structural engineer, but you will leave the course with an understanding of the structural design process and know when you need to call in an expert.

Participants can register for all five days or a minimum of two days. The first day, Structural Requirements, is mandatory.
Day 1 + one other day:   $1095 + 15% Tax
Day 1 + two other days:  $1395 + 15% Tax
Day 1 + three other days: $1695 + 15% Tax
Day 1 + four other days: $1895 + 15% Tax

Reminder: Please bring a calculator. If you have a copy of the Building Code and design manual or handbook for the segments you plan to attend, please bring it.


  • To present basic principles of strength of materials and structural analysis
  • To introduce the codes that govern structural design
  • To familiarize participants with available design aids
  • To familiarize participants with common construction materials – Steel, Concrete and Masonry, and Wood Products

You Will Learn

  • Understand the fundamentals of structural analysis
  • Learn how to apply loads, select materials, and calculate footings, foundations, columns, beams, floor systems, shear walls and diaphragms
  • Achieve an understanding of Shear and Moment diagrams and how these are used by designers in concrete, steel and wood
  • Learn the behaviour of structures and ways to save construction costs

Who Should Attend

Architects; non-structural engineers; technicians and technologists (civil, mechanical, electrical, mining, chemical and biological); plant engineers; fabricators and manufacturers of structural systems; general contractors; property managers; directors of physical plants; building inspectors, and others who would like to know more about structural systems.

Course Outline

Day 1 - Statics/Code

8:00 Registration
8:30 Welcome and Introduction
Structural Requirements
  • Loads
  • Provincial Building Codes and Acts
  • National Building Code of Canada
    • Part 9 vs. Part 4
    • Limit States Design
    • Strength and Stability
    • Principal and Companion Loads
    • Loads and Effects
    • Load Combinations
    • Importance Factors and Categories
    • Factored Resistance
    • Factored Loads
      • Dead loads
      • Live Loads
      • Load Variation with Tributary Area
      • Climate Data
    • Structural Evaluation and Upgrading of Existing Buildings
  • Design Examples
1:00 Structural Requirements (Continued)
  • Forces
    • Structure Characteristics
    • Components of Structures
    • Loading Properties
    • Support Properties
    • Material Properties
    • Geometric Properties
  • Member Design
  • Stress
  • General Equations for Member Design
  • Force Diagrams
  • The Effects of Continuity
  • Special Considerations for Frames
  • Load Transfer Systems
  • Structural Member Properties
    • Cross-sectional Area
    • Moment of Inertia
    • Section Modulus
    • Radius of Gyration
    • Composite Construction
  • Structural Behaviour
    • Beams
    • Columns
    • Frames
    • Trusses
    • Arches
    • Plates
    • Space Trusses and Grids
    • Design Examples
4:00 Adjournment

Day 2 - Concrete

8:30 Design of Concrete, Concrete Structures and Masonry
  • History of Concrete
  • CSA Standards
  • Fundamentals of Concrete
    • Concrete Materials and Proportions
      • Cementing Materials
      • Aggregate
      • Water
      • Air
      • Admixtures
    • Properties of Concrete
    • High Performance Concrete
    • Concrete Reinforcing - General Properties
  • Methods of Concrete Construction
  • Concrete Design
  • Basic Structural Design Checks
  • Design of Un-reinforced Elements
  • Reinforced Concrete
    • Design of Beams
    • Bearing
    • Design of One-Way Slabs


  • Design of Columns
  • Two-Way Slabs
  • Specifying Concrete
  • Concrete Reinforcing - Tension Development and Shop Drawings
  • Testing
  • Placing and Finishing Concrete
  • Design of Various Concrete Structures
  • Remediation Using FRP
  • Concrete Specification
  • Design Examples
4:00 Adjournment

Day 3 - Steel

8:30 Design of Steel Structures
  • General Information
  • Steel Types
  • Steel Products
  • Residual Stresses
  • Evaluation of Existing Structure
  • Design of New Structures
    • Tension Members
    • Compressive Members
    • Base Plates
    • Beams
    • Bolted Connections
    • Welded Connections
    • Beam Columns
  • Composite Design
  • Gerber Girders
  • Design Examples
4:00 Adjournment

Day 4 - Timber

8:30 Structural Design Using Wood and Wood Products
  • Canadian Forests
  • Wood as a Material
  • CSA Standards
  • National Lumber Grades
  • Standard Lumber Sizes
  • Properties
    • Compression
    • Tension
    • Bending
    • Shear
  • Wood Design
    • Design Resources
    • Factored Resistances
      • Bending Members
      • Compression Members
      • Tension Members
    • Notches
    • Modification Factors
    • Combined Load
    • Bearing
    • Diaphragms and Shear Walls
  • Engineered Wood Products
  • Fastenings
  • Design Examples
4:00 Adjournment

Day 5 - Masonry

8:30 Introduction to Masonry
  • Masonry Design
  • Flexural Behaviour and Design
  • Development, Anchorage and Splicing of Reinforcement
  • Compression Members
  • Shear Walls
  • Specifications

4:00 Final Adjournment


Kevin Bezanson, P.Eng., is the manager of the Structural Department at CBCL Limited. He is a graduate of TUNS and has worked in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He has a wide range of experience in the design of various structures including buildings, bridges, retaining structures, marine structures, material handling structures and off-shore structures. Through this work he has gained considerable experience designing in steel, concrete, masonry and timber. Mr. Bezanson has also been a part-time lecturer at Dalhousie University, Faculty of Engineering, for the undergraduate Steel Design Course, Special Topics Course and Construction Management Course.

Andrea Doncaster, LEED AP, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., is an Engineer in Residence, teaching part-time in the Civil Engineering Department at Dalhousie University, and principal of Andrea Doncaster Engineering Ltd. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Nova Scotia, and has worked in structural consulting for 20 years, including 12 years at BMR Structural Engineering.  Her experience includes the design and analysis of buildings constructed of steel, concrete, masonry and timber. She holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Co-op degree and a Master of Applied Science degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, and is a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional. Ms. Doncaster has been teaching for Continuing Technical Education at Dalhousie since 2001.


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Structural Design for Non-Structural Engineers
M, T, W, Th, F
8:30AM to 4:00PM
Oct 07, 2019 to Oct 11, 2019
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Fee + 15% HST non-credit $1,895.00
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