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In this intensive two-day seminar/workshop, you learn about the essential elements of design and construction of temporary structures.

Course Outline

After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
€¢ recognize the interdependence of the structural design, specifications, shop drawings and
   construction of temporary structures
€¢ apply design principles for scaffolding, formwork and shoring on your projects
€¢ prevent temporary structure failure having developed insight into the causes of such failure
€¢ take suitable measures about site and personnel safety issues being informed and fully cognizant of legal
€¢ design, erect and inspect more effectively formwork, scaffolding and shoring in construction projects
   having already drawn upon the experience of others through case studies presented in the course


The collapse of a temporary structure during construction involves a high risk of serious injuries, deaths and substantial property loss. Clearly the design of such structures is a critical function. In this intensive two-day seminar/workshop, you learn about the essential elements of design and construction of temporary structures. In particular, you focus on scaffolding, formwork and shoring design, and the failures that can occur when proper design is not done, or when field modifications to designs are introduced without a full understanding of their implications.


To enhance participants' skills in the design, erection and inspection of formwork, scaffolding and shoring on construction projects, as well as the pertaining legal and regulatory issues.

Who Should Attend

Consulting engineers, developers and builders; structural, construction, municipal, and highway engineers; contractors; construction health and safety inspectors and specialists; design and construction engineers from industry who work on new construction, maintenance and expansion, government personnel who are involved in the design and construction of highways, bridges and buildings; users of temporary structures for material and fleet storage and suppliers of construction equipment for scaffolding, forms, and work platforms.

Program Outline

Day I

8:00 Registration and Coffee

8:20 Welcome, Introduction, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

8:30 Legal Aspects
€¢ Professional and Business Practices
€¢ Standards, Codes, and Regulations
€¢ Construction and Environmental Loads
€¢ Construction Site Safety
€¢ Legal Aspects

9:45 Refreshments and Networking

10:00 Concrete Formwork
€¢ Formwork Materials
€¢ Tie Systems
€¢ Types of Forms
€¢ Forms for Prestressed Concrete
€¢ Form Removal
€¢ Safety
€¢ Inspection
€¢ Bridge Formwork
€¢ Form Lifting Systems

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Principles of Design €" Concrete Formwork
€¢ Causes of Formwork Failure
€¢ Planning for Safety
€¢ Design Loads
€¢ Design of Slab Forms
€¢ Design of Column Forms
€¢ Design of Wall Forms

2:30 Refreshments and Networking

2:45 Workshop - Hands-On Exercises
Participants in small groups will work under guidance of instructor for design of formworks.

4:30 Adjournment

Day II

8:30 Soil-Related Temporary Structures
€¢ Cofferdams
€¢ Underpinning
€¢ Earth-Retaining Structures
€¢ Construction Dewatering, Ground Freezing
€¢ Underground Tunneling Supports

10:30 Refreshments and Networking

10:45 Scaffolding
€¢ General Design Consideration
€¢ Design Loads
€¢ Tube and Clamp Scaffolds
€¢ System Scaffolds
€¢ Sectional Scaffolds
€¢ Suspended Scaffolds
€¢ Collapse

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Falsework and Shoring
€¢ Frame Shoring
€¢ Stability of Towers
€¢ Self-Weight of Shoring
€¢ Different Shoring Systems
€¢ Shoring Post-Tensioned Construction
€¢ Shoring in Alteration Work

2:15 Refreshments and Networking

2:30 Workshop
Participants in small groups will work under guidance of instructor to solve different problems.

4:00 Questions and Answers

4:30 Final Adjournment

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule
Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break in addition to a refreshment and networking break during each morning and afternoon session. Lunches and refreshments are provided.

Dr. Maged A. Youssef, P.Eng.
, is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University. He is also the Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs. Dr. Youssef has about 20 years of experience in Analysis, Design, and Evaluation of Civil Structures. In 2007, he was awarded the R. Mohan Mathur Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has also presented couple of keynote talks in conferences and conventions. In his research, Dr. Youssef is developing tools for engineers to evaluate the structural capacity of damaged steel and concrete structures. Sources for damage include: seismic events and fire exposure. He also examines the use of smart materials in civil structures.


Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.4 CEUs / 14 PDHs

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
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Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
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Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
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