Design of Structural Steel Members According to CSA S16

Online /
Aug 6 - 9, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0805-ONL24

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  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

By participating in this course, you will:

  • Learn how to design different types of structural steel members, including trusses, beams, and columns.
  • Learn about the behaviour and failure modes of steel members, including material failure, local buckling, global instability, etc.
  • Acquire knowledge of the design and detailing of bolted and welded connections.

To design steel structures, engineers need to know how to apply the requirements of the Canadian Steel Design Handbook (CSA S16:19) and also have a good understanding of the behaviour and failure modes of steel structural members. This course covers the design procedure for commonly used steel structural members, including tension members, axially loaded members, flexural members, and beam-column members.

This course also provides the necessary knowledge to design and detail different types of connections. Through several examples, participants will learn how to apply the design provisions of CSA S16 and understand the philosophy behind the design requirements. To gain more advanced knowledge on connection design, it is recommended to take the “Structural Steel Connections - Design, Detail and Specifications” course.

Course Outline

  • Steel material properties and section types in CSA S16.
  • Design of tension members (trusses, hangers, tension braces, etc.).
  • Design of axially loaded compression members (axially loaded columns, compression braces, etc.).
  • Design of flexural members (beams).
  • Design of beam-column members.
  • Design and detailing of bolted and welded connections.

Who Should Attend
Structural Engineers, Designers, Detailers, Consulting Engineers, and Specification Writers. No prior knowledge of steel design is required for this course.

Required Resources
Please bring your own copy of the Handbook of Steel Construction, published by the Canadian Institute for Steel Construction, CISC- Toronto, 12th Edition.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Welcome, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method


  • An overview of the design process in Canadian codes
  • Material properties of steel
  • Structural steel sections in CSA S16

Design of Tension Members

  • General design requirements
  • Effective net area (shear lag)
  • Block shear
  • Stability check
  • Design examples

Day II

Design of Compression Members

  • Failure modes of axially loaded members
  • Local buckling
  • Yielding strength
  • Global stability (flexural and torsional buckling)
  • Columns with class 4 sections
  • Columns in moment frames
  • Design examples


Design of Flexural Members

  • Shear strength
  • Flexural strength
  • Lateral-supported and unsupported members
  • Deflection limits
  • Design examples

Design of Beam-Column Members

  • Members subjected to axial tension and bending
  • Members subjected to axial compression and bending
  • In-plane and out-of-plane stability.
  • Design examples

Day IV

Design of Bolted Connections

  • Load transfer mechanisms in connections
  • Failure modes of bolted connections (tension failure, block shear failure, bearing failure, etc.)
  • Slip critical connections
  • Prying action
  • Detailing requirements
  • Design examples

Design of Welded Connections

  • Weld types and terminology
  • Shear resistance
  • Tensile and compressive resistance
  • Detailing requirements
  • Design examples

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Vahid Sadeghian, PhD, P.Eng.

Dr. Vahid Sadeghian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. Before Joining Carleton, he worked at the Structural Group of Arup in Toronto. He received his Ph.D. and MASc degrees from the University of Toronto and his BASc from the University of Tehran.

Dr. Sadeghian has over 10 years of experience in teaching, research, and consulting and is a registered PEng with Professional Engineers Ontario. He has more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications in different areas of structural engineering. His research interests mainly include the behaviour of aging and repaired structures, the design of structures built from modern materials, and structural response under extreme loads, including earthquakes, blasts, and multi-hazard events.

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Fee & Credits

$2595 + taxes

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

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