Distance - Structural Design for Non-Structural Engineers (2.4 CEUs)


  • Looking for professional development but do not have the time to take off from work?

  • Looking for refresher course on specific engineering topics and cannot find an intensive course to serve your needs?

  • This may be your ideal Professional Development course!

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This course is approximately 5-6 weeks in duration.

Learning Method:

  • The PDDP program is more of a self-guided learning style.

  • You are required to read the notes and materials given, complete the follow-up assignments on your own, send in your questions prior to your 1 hour webinar meeting (if required) and be involved in live discussion via the internet.

  • Once you have completed the course, you will receive a certificate of completion 

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 2010, and 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. A crash summary of the required structural analysis basics that are needed for structural design will be explained. The course then goes into the design of steel, reinforced concrete structural elements by limit states design according to the Canadian Standard Association CSA codes S16-01 and A23.3-04, respectively. Finally, an introduction to the shallow and deep foundations will be addressed in this course.
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.
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 and concrete members, including steel connections. The course also includes the design of deep and shallow foundations and aims at exposing the attendees to the practical aspects of design, which are normally gained through practical experience and the work in design offices.
Learning 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 2010.
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 steel connections,
  • Knowledge on the design of foundations.

The PDDP Distance Education program works as follows:

  • Once you register for this course, you will be sent a login username and password for our online distance website.

  • You will receive the course notes in hard copy through the online website, you will receive a set of notes each week covering the course material.

  • A one hour video-conference session will be conducted by your instructor each week (if required). The objective of this session is to assist in solving the assignments, as well as answer student questions that should be sent to instructor early enough prior to the meeting time. In addition with being able to communicate with the instructor, you will also be able to communicate with other students in the same class and watch their questions being answered as well. (A high speed internet connection is strongly recommended for this feature).

  • Each set of exercises can be completed and submitted by the indicated date and your completed exercise will be marked online and and returned by your instructor.

  • To gain the most from your course, it is highly recommended that you participate fully in all discussions and exercises. Please remember that each course has a form of quiz or exercise at the end to test your understanding of the material. You will be informed of these dates when you receive the course schedule.

*Course commencement date is subject to instructor availability.

Hossam Ammar

Hossam Ammar, Ph.D., P. Eng., has over 20 years’ experience in front end “FEED”, detailed engineering, construction technical support and supervisory roles, at various levels of engineering, ranging from small to complex mega projects for oil sands, refinery, power generations, pipelines, and commercial and residential projects. I have worked in international engineering firms leading projects in Canada, Brazil, USA and the Middle East.

Dr. Ammar Studied in University of South Florida and University of Alexandria.

Dr. Ammar has been teaching since 1994 in Canada and abroad. Dr. Ammar Joined Global Innovative Campus in early 2009, teaching over 30 different engineering workshops which are very well received by practitioners engineers in Canada and globally.

Week 1-Introduction
  • Structural materials
  • Durability
  • Bases of design
Week 2- Loading and analytical model
  • Type of Structural elements and supports
  • Type of loading
  • Calculation of loads
Week 3- Structural Analysis
  • Type of structures
  • Calculation of forces and stresses in determinate structures
  • Calculation of forces and stresses in indeterminate structures
Week 4- Reinforced concrete design
  • Members in compression (short columns).
  • Design for flexure (slabs and beams)
  • Members subjected to eccentric loads (long columns)
  • Design for shear
  • Wall / tank design
  • Crack control
  • Composite section design
  • Special details
Week 5- Structural Steel design
  • Members in compression/tension (bracing).
  • Design for flexure (beams)
  • Members subjected to eccentric loads (long columns)
  • Bolted Connection design
  • Welded connection design
  • Special details
Week 6- Foundation design
  • Bearing capacity of the soil / settlement.
  • Design for shallow foundation.
  • Design of deep foundation.
  • Design of earth / water retaining structures.
Week 7- Structural Engineering in cold weather and Modularization concepts
Week 8- Review (Q &A )

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This course is available through distance education, start and end date is open throughout the year.

We could offer any of our courses at a location of your choice and customized contents according to your needs, please contact us at : inhouse@tlnt-training.com or click here  to submit an online request.

Course Materials

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


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CEUs Certificate

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