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This seminar demonstrates the effect of lateral loads on structures, the requirements & the design of different lateral resisting systems such as bracing systems, frames & shear walls. It also covers the analysis of diaphragm forces, roof bracing...

Course Outline
After participating in the course you will be able to: 
€¢ Use in the design of structures the basics and principals of horizontal loads and their effect on the building; stability of structure, P-? effect and the diaphragm forces   
€¢ Apply the knowledge gained at the seminar about the changes made to NBCC and the different structural bracing systems
€¢ Develop different vertical systems to resist lateral loads on concrete and steel structures, roof horizontal bracing, and temporary erection bracing
€¢ Analyze the effect of lateral forces on the bracing and structural system including the diaphragm action
€¢ Design using basic methods, braced frames, rigid frames and concrete shear walls for buildings

The structural stability of buildings depends on its capability of withstanding vertical and horizontal loads. It is essential to understand the stability concept and the loads calculation based on the recent National Building Code of Canada in 2005. The lateral loads have many effects on buildings one of which being sways. This leads to successive increasing in the internal forces  and  can affect the stability of the whole structure.

This seminar demonstrates the effect of lateral loads on structures, the requirements and the design of different lateral resisting systems such as bracing systems, frames and shear walls. The course also covers the analysis of diaphragm forces, roof bracing of industrial building and temporary erection bracing. Theoretical concepts and practical methods to design the lateral system in different structures is discussed.  To ensure a thorough understanding, the course includes several design examples that are solved in design workshops.


To explain the lateral loads on structures based on NBCC 2005, provide relevant design concepts for the structural stability, illustrate different systems to withstand lateral loads, explain design procedures with examples.

Who Should Attend

Civil engineers, structural engineers, designers, consulting architects, consulting engineers, construction engineers, fabricators and manufacturers of structural systems, municipal building officials and field reviewers.

Dr. Hossam Saleh, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Program Outline

Day I

Registration and Coffee

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

National Building Code of Canada 2005 and 2010

Wind Load Theory and Calculations

Special Wind Cases (i.e. on corners, heights, and uplifting)

Design Examples

Earthquake Load Theory and Calculations

Design Examples

Layout Considerations of Lateral Resisting Systems

Different Types of Lateral Bracing Systems in Steel Structures

Types of Lateral Resisting Systems in Concrete Structures

Workshop I
Under instructor guidance, participants work on a case study with given wind loads and lateral loads for bracing columns and beams.

Day II

Braced Frames Design


Concrete Shear Walls Types and Analysis

Design Example

Workshop II
Under instructor guidance, participants work on a case study with braced frames, rigid frames, and concrete shear walls.


Diaphragm Action and Analysis

Design Examples

Lateral Earth Pressure and Shoring Types

Foundation Design

Workshop III
Under instructor guidance, participants work on a case study with roof bracing, bracing of industrial buildings, and temporary erection bracing.

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

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

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

Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

2.1 CEUs / 21 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.
Reviewed by 2013
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.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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