Structural Steel Connections - Design, Detail and Specifications

Online /
December 9, 10, 11, 17, 18, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-1210-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 5 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

11:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Achieve economy on your projects by the skills developed through participating in the two workshops on designing and detailing connections under instructor guidance
  • Design bolted and welded connections under static and dynamic loading
  • Apply methods learned from the course to achieve economy in the design, fabrication and erection of steel structures

Connections are essential to any steel structure, and its integrity depends on them. Accurate details and specifications are required for fabrication to ensure a trouble-free erection. There is a potential for achieving economy in designing and specifying connections which is the focus of this workshop.

Course Outline:

  • Introduction
  • Connection types
  • Bolts in bearing-type connections
  • Bolts in slip-resistance connections
  • Welding design for stiffeners
  • Design of column base plates
  • Hollow structural section connections
  • Design for fatigue
  • Connection design for earthquake loading
  • Installation and inspection of bolts

Who Should Attend
Structural Designers • Consulting Engineers • Detailers • Specification Writers • Civil Engineers in large industries • Technicians and Technologists • Fabricators and Erectors of Steel Structures


Special Feature
The lectures will be augmented by the case histories of design and detailing from the instructors’ practical experience.

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

More Information

Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method


  • Bolt materials
  • Bolt strength
  • Weld strength
  • Basic behaviour

Connection Types

  • Tension connections: direct loaded, light bracing
  • Bearing and compression connections: column splice, beam bearing plate, column base plate
  • Framed beam-shear connections: double-angle beam connections, end plate connections, single-angle beam connections, shear-tab beam connections, tee-type
  • beam connections
  • Seated Beam shear connections: un-stiffened angle seat connections, stiffened seated beam connections
  • Moment connections: flange welded, flange plate, moment end plate, moment splice, column stiffener

Bolts in Bearing-Type Connections

  • Bolts in slip-critical connections
  • Bolts in tension and prying action
  • Design of concentric and eccentric bolted and welded connections

Joints with Combined Bolts and Welds

Workshop I
Participants work on connection design and details under the instructor's guidance.

Hollow Structural Section Connections

Design for Fatigue

Design for Earthquake

Welding Design of Stiffeners and Connecting Plates in Plate Girders

Specifications for Installation and Inspection of Bolts

Workshop II
Participants work on connection design and details under the instructor’s guidance

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


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

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

$2595 + taxes

  • 2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 25 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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