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2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


Member $1045 | Non-member $1345 —new lower pricing


Finley A. Charney, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, F.SEI 
Justin D. Marshall, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE 

Purpose & background

This course focuses on analytical modeling of three‐dimensional building structures. Emphasis is placed on modeling the full structural system load path, including lateral load resisting elements, gravity‐only elements, diaphragms, and the soil foundation‐structure interface. Methods for including second order and dynamic effects are included. Powerful approaches for increasing the performance efficiency of structural systems utilizing a sensitivity analysis strategy are presented. All of the topics presented in the course are demonstrated by use of a multi‐story building modeled in steel and in reinforced concrete. Although the course uses the commercial software products SAP 2000 and ETABS (from Computers and Structures, Inc.), it is not anticipated that students in the course will be required to have licenses for the software. However, it is possible that no‐cost short‐term licenses can be acquired for the duration of the course.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the fundamental concepts of structural analysis in terms of equilibrium, compatibility, and stress‐strain (constitutive) relationships
  • Compare and contrast the stiffness method and the finite element method of analysis
  • List and describe the advantages of top‐down 3‐D modeling of structures
  • Identify the sources of deformation in the structural elements and explain how the elements should be modeled
  • Explain the importance of and apply the correct method of modeling of diaphragms
  • Explain the importance of and apply the correct method of modeling the soil‐foundation‐structure interface (SFSI)
  • Apply several different calculation methods for validating the accuracy of the computed results
  • Apply multiple modeling approaches to the analysis of a steel and a concrete building
  • Describe methods to include second‐order effects in structural analysis
  • Increase the efficiency of a building structural system through numerical sensitivity analyses
  • Describe the steps and required modeling features for constructing a model and performing a dynamic analysis of a building structure
  • Apply advanced modeling tools for the analysis of buildings under static and dynamic loads

Who should attend?

  • Structural and construction engineers who analyze, design, and erect building structures
  • Structural and construction engineers working in consulting firms
  • Structural and construction engineers working in industry
  • Structural and construction engineers working for government agencies
  • Structural and construction engineers working in the U.S. Corps of Engineers
  • Building code officials
  • Educators

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