Structural Engineering for Non-Structural Engineers

Richmond, British Columbia /
Apr 8 - 11, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0408-2362

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor
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After participating in this course you will be able to:

  • Apply structural analysis methods to beams, trusses, slabs, columns, walls, frames, footings, and pile foundations
  • Assess the design of reinforced concrete and structural steel members
  • Solve common structural engineering problems
  • Employ wood and masonry design procedures

Non-structural engineers and architects need a basic understanding of structural engineering. This course provides the fundamentals without delving into complicated mathematical formulas. The course covers the design and construction of concrete, steel, wood, and masonry building structures. Lectures will be followed by simple hands-on exercises and problem-solving sessions.

Course Outline

  • Structural loads and procedures
  • Structural analysis
  • Member properties
  • Structural behaviour
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Structural steel design
  • Wood design
  • Masonry design
  • Building design sample

Who Should Attend
Architects • Non-Structural Engineers (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical, Mining, Chemical and Agricultural) • Plant Engineers • Fabricators and Manufacturers of Structural Systems • General Contractors • Property Managers • Directors of Physical Plants • Municipal Building Officials • Building Inspectors • Field Review Personnel • Project Engineers • Others wanting to know more about Structural Systems

Required Resources:

  • Course participants are expected to have some elementary knowledge about structural design and the analysis of simple structures.
  • In order to gain the maximum benefit from this seminar, participants are encouraged to read the following texts in advance:
  • Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada
  • Structural Commentaries (Part 4) of the National Building Code of Canada
  • Participants should bring a hand-held, battery-operated calculator to this seminar for the exercises at the end of each day.
More Information


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

Day I

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

Structural Loads and Procedures

  • NBC section 4.0
  • Specified loads
  • Limit states design

Structural Analysis

  • Applied loads
  • Equilibrium and free body diagrams
  • Determinant and in-determinant structures
  • Axial load, shear, and bending

Member Properties

  • Cross sectional area
  • Moment of inertia
  • Section modulus
  • Composite construction
  • Strength
  • Stiffness

Structural Behaviour

  • Slabs, beams, and trusses
  • Walls and columns
  • Frames
  • Basement walls
  • Footings
  • Retaining walls
  • Pile foundations

Day II

Reinforced Concrete Design

  • Products, properties, and failure modes
  • Design standards
  • Slabs
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Shear walls
  • Basement walls
  • Footings
  • Retaining walls
  • Concrete piles (caissons)
  • Prestressed concrete
  • Precast concrete
  • Corrosion protection
  • Fire resistance
  • Concrete repairs


Structural Steel Design

  • Products, properties and failure modes
  • Design standards
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Tension members
  • Steel joists and trusses
  • Bracing
  • Connections
  • Composite design
  • Steel deck
  • Steel piles
  • Corrosion protection
  • Fire protection

Day IV

Wood Design

  • Products, properties, and failure modes
  • CSA 086.1 design standard
  • “Part 9” design method
  • Beams and joists
  • Columns and studs
  • Trusses
  • Panels
  • Connections
  • Wood frame construction
  • Decay protection
  • Fire protection

Masonry Design

  • Products, properties, and failure modes
  • Design standards
  • Walls and columns
  • Beams and lintels
  • Shear walls
  • Common problems and solutions

Building Design Sample

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Mohamed Khalil, Ph.D., P.Eng., MBA

Dr. Mohamed Khalil has over 20 years of experience in concrete and steel design, and is the founder and director/manager of Stenvro Engineering Inc.

He previously worked as a marketing manager for aircraft and aircraft components at both Pratt and Whitney Canada, and Bombardier Aerospace. At Pratt and Whitney Canada, Dr. Khalil was a specialist in designing critical rotating structures under high and low cycle fatigue loading. He has also been involved in designing many projects for Ford Motor Company, MascoTech Inc., Kobelco Metal Powder of America Inc., and the American Iron and Steel Institute. His projects have included high-rise buildings, underground metro stations, education centers, education residences and steel factories.

Dr. Khalil has instructed many courses in the area of engineering, engineering economics and engineering management at educational institutes and universities. A co-author for many technical journal papers, he has delivered scientific and marketing presentations in technical symposiums around the world. He is also a technical reviewer for international scientific journals. Dr. Khalil obtained his M.A.Sc. and PhD from the University of Waterloo, and he also completed his Master of Business Administration at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.


Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Pacific Reach Hotel OP (Richmond LP)
8181 Cambie Road
Richmond Vancouver, BC V6X 3X9
(604) 276-8181

Other Venue InformationParking:
Pay parking for Attendees is available in the following locations:

- Parking Lot at the Front of the Hotel.
- Level 5 (Blue Zone only) in the President Plaza

Parkade. Please DO NOT Park in the Red Zone on Level 5 and also DO NOT park on Levels 2 & 3 where the parking signs state 2 or 3 hour maximum. (Please note there is no Level 4)

The charges are as follows: $4.00 for 2 hours or portion and a daily rate of $12.00, from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. Please purchase tickets from the ticket dispensers located in each area.

Please Note: if attendees park anywhere else, the hotel is not responsible.

In particular, please DO NOT Park at the Ground Level of President Plaza or at the Yaohan Shopping Centre at any time. Vehicles will be towed at owner’s expense.

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Fee & Credits
  • 2.8 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 28 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

$2695 + taxes


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