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This is a practical structural design course that contains step-by-step procedures to help understanding & solving routine structural problems. It contains a short introduction to the National Building Code of Canada, NBCC 2005, & then goes into details

Course Outline
This course is a practical structural design course that contains step-by-step procedures to help understanding and solving routine structural problems. The course contains a short introduction to the National Building Code of Canada, NBCC 2005, and then goes into details on how to calculate the expected loads on different structures, which include dead, live, snow, wind, seismic and Thermal loads.

A 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 and reinforced concrete structural elements by limit states design according to the Canadian Standard Association CSA codes S16-01 and A23.3-04, respectively.  The connection design of steel members and the design of deep and shallow foundations are also discussed.
Target Audience
  • Junior Structural Engineers intended to start their career in structural design.
  • Structural Engineers needing to refresh their design skills according to the new building code and design standards.
Objectives This seminar is covering the main aspects required to carry out structural design. It is intended for junior structural engineers who are interested in structural design and planning to consider it for their career. The course is providing attendees with the procedure in which environmental influences and occupancies are transformed into structural loadings and the manner in which structures resist these loads.

The attendees will learn how to compute the loads, 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.   Program Outline ( 1.8 CEUs / 18 PDHs) Introduction to various structures and structural systems

Setting out the structural design procedure (establishing structural design criteria, codes and references, structural analysis and structural design)

Calculating the loads and Load Combinations on the structure according to the NBC 2005.

  • Dead loads
  • Live loads due to use and occupancy 
  • Snow loads (including drifts and sliding)
  • Wind loads (external & internal)
  • Earthquake loads (Equivalent static force procedure)
    • Various Seismic Force Resisting Systems (SFRS)
    • Equivalent Static Force 
  • Load Combinations

Summary of structural analysis basics

  • Types of supports/end conditions
  • Bending moment, shear force & axial force diagrams
  • Design envelopes

Application Examples

Structural steel Design
  • Material Properties
  • Design of steel members and connections
    • Beams
    • Columns
    • Bracings
    • Connections
  • Examples 

Reinforced concrete Design

  • Concrete and Reinforcement Steel Properties
  • Design of Reinforced Concrete Sections (Beams-Columns-Shear Walls)
  • Examples

Design of Shallow Foundations

  • Types of Foundations
  • Design of Shallow Foundations
    • Isolated footing
    • Combined Footings
    • Mat Foundations
  • Example on Shallow Foundations

Design of Deep Foundations

  • Types of Deep Foundations
  • Friction Pile
  • End Bearing Pile
  • Example on Deep Foundations 


  • Complete Example No. 1
  • Complete Example No. 2
Learning Outcomes   This course will introduce you to the technique used to design and evaluate steel and reinforced concrete structures in various industries and briefly provide solid understanding of different structural design aspects that are commonly used in most of the structural design procedures. Focus will be made on:
  • Introduction to NBCC 2005 and design methods
  • Understanding of how to calculate the occupational and environmental loads and their combined effect on a structure
  • Design of steel sections
  • Design of reinforced concrete sections
  • Design of steel connections
  • Design of foundations
Instructor Mohamed Elkady, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Mohamed Elkady graduated with Honour in Civil Engineering. He obtained his M.Sc. degree in structural engineering and Ph.D. degree in seismic non-linear analysis and seismic retrofitting of RC and steel structures. He is currently a principle structural engineer at WorleyParsons Canada.

Dr. Elkady has more than 24 years of practical experience in the design of concrete and steel structures; he led and participated in the structural design of many major projects in Canada, USA and the Middle East. His experience include power generation plants in USA, mining and oil and gas facilities in Canada, factories and workshops, sewage and water treatment plants and many other major projects in the Middle East. He was the lead structural engineer in the design of many high-rise buildings.

Dr. Elkady is a co-founder of the structural division in a well established international consultancy company, through which he cooperated with many large companies.
Dr. Elkady published many technical publications in structural analysis and design including journal papers and theses. He contributed in preparation of the Code of Standard Practice for Seismic Design in Egypt.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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