Civil Engineering for Non-Civil Engineers

Online /
Oct 2 - 4, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1025-ONL24

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  • Syllabus
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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 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

Please note that it is a requirement for all attendees to sign a "Confidentiality Agreement" prior to receiving the course notes for this online offering.

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, fibre-reinforced composites, temporary structures, and condition assessment of aging structures.

This course introduces basic simplified theory and then uses workshops and problem-based learning to reinforce field application.

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, PhD, P.Eng., FCAE, FEIC, FACI, FCSCE, FAAIA

Dean, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Moncef received his BASc from Laval University, MASc from Sherbrooke University, and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, all in civil engineering. He is currently dean of the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Guelph. He was previously professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University and professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Western University, where he also served as associate director for Environmental Research Western.

His industrial experience includes serving as technical manager for three different companies. He was licensed as a professional engineer in British Columbia in 1998 and in Ontario in 1999. He is the past chair of the ACI committee 555 on recycled materials, past chair of the CSCE sub-committee on cement and concrete, past chair of the CSCE Materials and Mechanics Division, is deputy chair of the RILEM committee on concrete data science, and was co-chair of the Infrastructure Division of NSERC’s Discovery Grant Committee 1509. He has provided consulting services for some world landmark projects, including some of the world's tallest buildings, the world’s largest airport, the world’s most venerated pedestrian bridge, and the world’s deepest and second-largest water treatment plant.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

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

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