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Structural Design for Lateral Loads and Stability

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After participating in the course you will be able to do the following:

  • Incorporate the basic principles of horizontal loads and their effect on buildings when designing structures
  • Apply knowledge of the changes made to NBCC to different structural bracing systems
  • Develop different vertical systems to resist lateral loads on concrete and steel structures, floor diaphragm, and foundation walls
  • Analyze the effect of lateral forces on bracing and structural systems
  • Design braced frames and concrete shear walls for buildings

The structural stability of buildings depends on their ability to withstand vertical & horizontal loads. It is essential to understand stability & loads calculations based on the recent National Building Code of Canada. Lateral loads lead to increases in the internal forces & can affect the stability of the whole structure.

This seminar demonstrates the effect of lateral loads on structures, the requirements & designs of different lateral resisting systems. We will discuss theoretical concepts & practical methods to design lateral structural systems in different structures. To ensure a thorough understanding, the course also includes several design examples that will be solved in workshops.

Course Outline:

  • Wind load theory & calculations
  • Special wind cases
  • Earthquake load theory & calculations
  • Layout considerations of lateral resisting systems
  • Different types of lateral bracing systems in steel structures
  • Types of lateral resisting systems in concrete structures
  • Braced frames design
  • Concrete shear walls types & analysis
  • Diaphragm action & analysis
  • Lateral earth pressure & shoring types

Who Should Attend:
Civil Engineers • Structural Engineers • Designers • Consulting Architects & Engineers • Construction Engineers • Fabricators & Manufacturers of Structural Systems • Municipal Building Officials • Field Reviewers

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This course is currently scheduled at the following locations. Click the city name to learn even more details about this course.

Halifax, NS
on 10/21/2019

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