Structural Design of Industrial Buildings

Online /
Nov 25 - 28, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1115-ONL24

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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):

10 am to 4:15 pm Eastern

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

  • Prevent serviceability failures that affect productivity
  • Calculate design loads and combine them with anticipated loads
  • Determine dynamic loading, including crane, equipment, and seismic factors
  • Select economical structural systems that will provide longevity and scalability

The efficient structural design of industrial facilities requires engineers to understand the issues affecting stability, safety, and serviceability.

This course systematically covers the structural design of industrial facilities, starting with loads, load combinations, different types of structural systems and framing concepts, and bracing for stability. Frame stability analysis (P-Δ effect) is covered in detail. The course then introduces the roof-framing design, including cladding, purlins, girts and tie rods, cantilever (Gerber) girders, open web steel joists, and trusses. Participants will also study the detailed design of steel I-beams with web openings, fabricated steel I-beams with corrugated steel webs, composite concrete-steel I-beam floor systems, composite concrete-steel trusses, and composite stub girder systems.

The course covers the loads, analysis, and design of crane girders, brackets, and supporting columns. The course will cover the vibration design of floors for human comfort and walking excitation.

Who Should Attend
Structural designers • owners and managers • facility owners • architectural engineers • plant engineers • building manufacturers • contractors • construction procurement personnel from oil companies and refineries, mining, chemicals processing, aluminum, pulp and paper 

Book Requirement

  • CISC. 2021. Handbook of Steel Construction – 12th Edition. Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Toronto, Canada.
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Time: 10:00 AM - 4:15 PM Eastern Time

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Course Outline:


  • Design load, load combinations, and important factors
  • Structural steel framing types and load transfer
  • Pass-Through/Transfer forces in multi-storey construction with braced frames
  • Portal frame versus gable (end) frame
  • Calculation of forces in cladding, purlins, girts, and tie rods in framing structure
  • Lateral stability bracing to stabilize compression flange of plate girder and trusses
  • Fly bracing in framing structure

Brief summary of steel design

  • Types and properties of structural steel
  • Failure modes in steel beams
  • Failure modes in compression members

Open-web steel joist and Gerber Girder system

  • Roof and floor loads on a steel deck and OWSJ
  • Joint eccentricities and bearing seat in open-web steel joists
  • Analysis, design and deflection criteria of OWSJ.
  • Design of critical web members in compression
  • Design of members subjected to combined moment and tensile force
  • Bridging for open-web steel joists
  • Design of metal deck

Roof Framing with Cantilever (Gerber) Girders

  • Roof framing layout and concept of Gerber girder system
  • Load transfer from OSWJs to Gerber girders and supporting columns
  • Design considerations for the Gerber girder system
  • Structural stability considerations for columns
  • Transfer of loads to foundation trough columns and bracing system
  • Cladding design
  • Design example

Steel trusses

  • Types of steel trusses
  • Transverse bracing of trusses for stability
  • Design of critical web members in compression
  • Design of truss members under combined moment and tensile force due to monorail loading
  • Design example

Web opening in steel I-beams and composite concrete slab-over steel I-beams

  • Inclusion of circular openings in steel I-beams
  • Steel I-beam with un-reinforced or reinforced web openings
  • Steel I-beam with web openings, acting compositely with floor slab or concrete-filled steel deck
  • Moment-shear interaction
  • Deflection calculations
  • Design examples

Prefabricated steel I-beams with corrugated steel webs for cost-effective design

  • Design concepts
  • Flexural capacity
  • Shear capacity
  • Web crippling capacity
  • Design examples

Composite floors with concrete slab on steel beams for cost-effective design

  • Deck slab systems in steel-framed buildings
  • Headed shear studs for composite floor member design
  • Loading considerations for the shored and unshored composite floor system
  • Effective slab width in composite beams
  • Ultimate flexural capacity of composite beams at positive and negative moment regions
  • Partial- and full-shear interaction
  • Ultimate shear design
  • Design of shear studs and channel connectors
  • Check for deflection in partial- and full-shear interaction
  • Deflection due to concrete shrinkage and creep
  • Design examples

Composite Trusses for cost-effective design

  • Floor layout
  • Strength design consideration
  • Serviceability design considerations

Composite Stub-Girder floor Construction for cost-effective design

  • Stub and beam layout
  • Structural modeling of stub-girder for computer analysis
  • Stub-girder member flexural strength
  • Stud shear connection design
  • Shear capacity of stubs and stub stiffener details
  • Design of weldments at stub-to-girder interface
  • Stub-girder deflection check
  • Shoring check for stub girders
  • Design example

Crane Runways

  • Overview of crane systems and usage
  • Forces imparted by cranes
  • Load combinations involving cranes
  • Design of crane supporting beam and bracket
  • Mono-symmetric versus symmetric crane girder in flexural strength
  • Types of supporting columns
  • K - factors and end restraints of columns
  • Column design under combined bending and compressive force
  • Design examples

Floor Vibration Due to Human Activities

  • Basic vibration terminology
  • Floor vibration principles
  • Acceptance criteria for human comfort
  • Recommended criteria for structural design for walking and rhythmic excitation
  • Natural frequencies of steel-framed floor systems
  • Check for floor vibration per the National Building Code of Canada
  • Special considerations for open web steel joists and girders
  • Vibration design criteria for a footbridge or walkway between commercial buildings
  • Coupled vibration criteria
  • Design examples


Khaled Sennah, P.Eng., P.E., FCSCE, FEIC, FCAE, FIAAM

Khaled is a Full Professor of Structural Engineering at Ryerson University. He has over 37 years of research, teaching and industrial experience in structural engineering, with particular emphasis on bridges. He designed and shared in the design of major multimillion-dollar projects in the United States of America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.

His core area of expertise includes design, evaluation, retrofit, and rehabilitation of bridge infrastructure on which he published more than 270 publications. Recently, he received the 2013 A.B. Sanderson Award given to ”recognize outstanding contributions by a civil engineer to the development and practice of structural engineering in Canada from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the 2002 state-of-the-art of Civil Engineering Award, and the 1999 Arthur Wellington Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers, ASCE, and the 2020 and 1997 P. L. Pratley Award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering, CSCE, for best journal papers on Bridge Engineering.

In recognition of his long-term achievements, he was elected a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) in 2011, a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) in 2016, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) in 2017, and a Fellow of the International Association of Advanced Materials (FIAAM), in recognition for his contribution to “Innovative Solutions in Structural Design and Construction” in 2022.

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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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