Structural Design for Lateral Loads and Stability

Ottawa, Ontario /
Mar 11 - 13, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0327-2361

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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 and horizontal loads. It is essential to understand stability and loads calculations based on the recent National Building Code of Canada. Lateral loads lead to increases 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 designs of different lateral resisting systems. We will discuss theoretical concepts and 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 and calculations
  • Special wind cases
  • Earthquake load theory and 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 and analysis
  • Diaphragm action and analysis
  • Lateral earth pressure and shoring types

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

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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.

Day I

  • 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
  • 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
  • Example
  • 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


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

Dr. Saleh has over 23 years of experience in teaching, research, design and consulting in the area of structural design in Canada, Germany and the Middle East.

He is experienced in steel, concrete; including pre-stressed and pre-caste concrete structures, concrete technology and participated in different research topics such as; walls of high strength concrete, fibre reinforced concrete and precast concrete columns. Dr. Saleh has been teaching in Germany, Canada, Dubai and Egypt, and assisted in publication of a structural design concrete book in Germany based on the European Codes.

Dr. Saleh has worked with worldwide renowned consulting offices such as Halcrow Yolles in Toronto, Buro Happold in Dubai and NORR Ltd. in Toronto. He worked with developers, architects and project managers on high rise, midrise office, residential and institutional buildings. Dr. Saleh is the founder of Can Consulting Hansa Inc. in Toronto.


Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill
402 Queen St.
Ottawa, ON K1R 5A7
613 566 2311

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Fee & Credits
  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$2195 + taxes


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