Civil Engineering for Non-Civil Engineers

Online /
Aug 29 - 31, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-1226-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts to civil engineering works.
  • Employ materials and mechanics core principles in various civil engineering applications.
  • Assess information needed in civil engineering design.
  • Use robust strategy in temporary structures and civil construction.
  • Solve common civil engineering design problems such as in pavements and concrete structures.
  • Assess the condition of civil infrastructure such as bridges and its need for repair.


Non-civil engineers involved in civil construction and infrastructure projects need to acquire a robust fundamental basis without the complexity associated with expert knowledge. This course covers the materials, mechanics and field construction and inspection aspects of diverse civil works including pavements, bridges, reinforced concrete, prestressed concrete, fiber-reinforced composites, temporary structures, and condition assessment of aging structures. The course introduces basic simplified theory then uses workshops and problem-based learning to reinforce field application.

Course Outline

  • Materials and section properties
  • Structural loads and mechanics
  • Pavement materials and design
  • Temporary structures and formwork
  • Reinforced concrete structures
  • Prestressed concrete structures
  • Fiber-reinforced composites in civil construction
  • Non-destructive testing of bridges
  • Assessment of in-service civil infrastructure

Who Should Attend

Architects • Non-Civil Engineers (Mechanical, Electrical, Mining, Chemical, Agricultural, etc.) • Plant Engineers • Fabricators and Manufacturers of Civil 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 Civil Engineering.

Special Features & Requirements

Course participants are expected to have some elementary knowledge about materials, mechanics, construction and civil engineering works. Participants should have a hand-held calculator for solving exercises and to practice problem-based learning.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

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

Civil Engineering Disciplines

  • Structural engineering
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water resources engineering
  • Transportation engineering
  • Construction engineering
  • Geomatics and surveying engineering
  • Urban planning
  • Other related disciplines

Section and Structural Properties

  • Stress-strain behaviour
  • Stiffness
  • Section properties
  • Strength and factor of safety
  • Concept of limit states design

Loads, Mechanics, Stress and Strain

  • Loads and equilibrium
  • Determinate and indeterminate structures
  • Axial loading
  • Bending
  • Torsion
  • Shear
  • Combined loading

Day II

Civil Engineering Construction Materials

  • Cement and concrete
  • Aggregates
  • Mineral and chemical admixtures
  • Concrete mixtures and proportioning
  • Asphalt cement and concrete
  • Wood and timber
  • Steel
  • Fiber-reinforced composites

Roads and Pavements

  • Pavement design principles
  • Traffic data for road design
  • Soil data for pavement design
  • Weather data for pavement design
  • Design of flexible pavements
  • Design of rigid pavements


  • Different types of foundations
  • Basic Concept of foundation design
  • Shallow foundations
  • Foundation under machines
  • Pile foundations


Temporary Structures and Formwork

  • Shoring and scaffolding
  • Formwork systems
  • Formwork for columns
  • Formwork for slabs and beams
  • Formwork for bridges

Structural Design

  • Design codes and standards
  • Reinforced concrete design
  • Slabs
  • Beams
  • Columns
  • Shear walls
  • Footings
  • Retaining walls
  • Prestressed concrete

Non-Destructive Testing and Condition Assessment

  • Ultrasonic transmission
  • Impact echo
  • Infrared thermography
  • Ground penetrating radar
  • Corrosion NDT techniques

Damage Mechanisms of Concrete Structures and Repair Techniques

  • Corrosion
  • Freeze thaw damage
  • Sulfate attack on concrete
  • Alkali aggregate reactivity damage
  • Fire damage
  • Surface repair techniques
  • Structural strengthening techniques

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Moncef L. Nehdi, P.Eng., Professor, FACI

Dr. Moncef L. Nehdi, Ph.D., P. Eng.

Moncef is an award winning academic, researcher, teacher and industry manager with over 25 years of experience in concrete technology, durability, sustainability and structural applications. He is a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Western University, and the Founder and Director of NCS Inc. He previously was Technical Director for Imasco Minerals Inc. and Technical Manager for BCS and MTL. A Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada, the American Concrete Institute and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering , he is recipient of many awards including the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, the Ontario Professional Engineers (PEO) Engineering Medal for Research and Development, the ACI Young Member Award for Professional Achievement, the CSCE Horst Liepholz Medal, the CSCE Whitman White Award, the Bill Curtin Metal from the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers, the ASEE Faculty Fellow Award for Excellence in Engineering Education, along with several best paper awards. He has also been an invited keynote speaker for several international conferences. Moncef has been providing consulting services for high profile projects in Canada and abroad for related concrete technology and concrete structures. A prolific author with more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, he has been active in several technical committees of the American Concrete Institute and the Canadian Standards Association, and a member of the Editorial boards of several technical journals. .

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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