Designing Temporary Structures

Online /
Oct 8 - 9, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1021-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 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):
9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

NOTE: 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:

  • Recognize the correlation of the structural design and construction of scaffolding, formwork and shoring
  • Apply design principles for scaffolding, formwork and shoring on your projects
  • Prevent failure of scaffolding, formwork and shoring having developed insight into the causes of such failure
  • Design, erect and inspect formwork, scaffolding and shoring in construction projects

The collapse of a temporary structure during construction involves a high risk of serious injuries, deaths and substantial property loss. Clearly, the design of such structures is a critical function. In this intensive two-day course/workshop, you learn about the essential elements of design and construction of scaffolding, formwork and shoring. Potential failures because of a lack of proper design and/or field modifications without a complete understanding of their implications will be summarized.

Although relevant standards, codes, and regulations are mentioned, the most recent prevailing ones should be adhered to for engineering projects.

Course Outline:

  • Loads
  • Structural analysis
  • Design of wood members
  • Scaffolding and shoring
  • Concrete formwork
  • Workshops

Who Should Attend:
Structural, Construction and Municipal Engineers • Design Engineers • Engineers in Training • Project Engineers • Project Coordinators • Construction Manager • Consulting Engineers • Contractors • Construction Inspectors

NOTE: 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. More Information

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

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Learning Outcomes & the Assessment Method

Types of Loads on Temporary Structure

  • Service & Factored Loads
  • Load Factors & Load Combinations
  • Dead Loads
  • Live Loads
  • Construction Loads
  • Environmental Loads
  • Analysis of Beams
  • Loads & Moments transferred to Columns
  • Lateral Stability

Introduction to Design of Wood Members

  • Design for Flexural & Shear
  • Design for Axial Concentric & Eccentric Loads
  • Design for Combined Axial & Flexure Loads
  • Design of Connections

Scaffolding & Shoring

  • Types of Scaffolding
  • Potential for Collapse
  • Scaffolding Componenets
  • Scaffold Design

Participants will work under the guidance of the instructor to solve different problems.

Day II

Concrete Formwork Design

  • Formwork Materials
  • Types of Forms
  • Bending, Shear and Deflection
  • FormDesign Example
  • Safety Issues
  • Causes of Formwork Failure
  • Estimating Concrete Formwork

Falsework Design

  • Falsework Risk
  • Falsework Accident
  • Falsework Design Criteria
  • Load Paths for Falsework Design

Support of Existing Structure

  • Basic Building Materials
  • Examples of Existing Structure Support

Participants will work under the instructor's guidance to design formworks/supporting structures.

Questions & Answers

  • Questions & Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes
  • Concluding Remarks & Final Adjournment


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 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 engineering, engineering economics and engineering management courses at educational institutes and universities. A co-author of many technical journal papers, he has delivered scientific and marketing presentations at technical symposiums worldwide. He is also a technical reviewer for international scientific journals.

Dr. Khalil obtained his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo and completed his Master of Business Administration at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

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

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