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ICTD International Centre for Training and Development

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About the course

This course introduces the design of structural elements found in steel buildings, in particular the design of steel tension membranes, beams, columns, beam columns and connection. The purpose of this course is to familiarize the design of steel structures by the load and resistance factor design (LRFD) method. Steel is perhaps the most used construction material for high-rise towers, industrial buildings, bridges and other structures. It competes with reinforced concrete in the US and rest of the world because of its many favorable characteristics including high strength, high stiffness, ductility and toughness, speed of erection, competitive cost, etc. Its use in the Middle East region has been mostly confined to industrial plants and warehouses. The rise in labor cost and the need for higher buildings will inevitably improve the competitive edge of steel in many instances in the near future. This course shall make reference to various codes old and new but is primarily based on the AISC-LRFD procedures, which are the recognized state of the art in design.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

  • Apply the modern procedures for the design and erection of structural steel buildings
  • Discuss the usage of steel in construction and the correct codes of practice for the design
  • Illustrate the real design and construction issues to consider a safe, economical and constructible structural steel system

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Introduction
  • The Case for Steel Use in Construction
  • Available Steel Grades and Sections
  • Codes of Practice for Design, Evolution from Allowable Stress to LRFD and Limit State Design
  • Design of Tension Members

Day 2

  • Design of Compression Members
  • Design of Beams
  • Design of Beam-Columns

Day 3

  • Bolted Connections Design
  • Welded Connections Design
  • Earthquake Resistant Design-New Connection Type
  • Fabrication and Erection of Steel Instructor (Visiting Speaker)

Day 4

  • Selection of Structural Systems for One Story and Multistory Buildings
  • Rigidly Connected Frames
  • Plane Trusses
  • Space Trusses
  • Bracing Strategies and Design
  • Analysis of Steel Structures using Computer Packages
  • Design of Steel Structures using Computer Packages
  • Pre-engineered Sections Design (Visiting Speaker)

Day 5

  • Case study
  • Design of Composite Beams
  • Design of Built-up Beams
  • Preparation of Fabrication and Erection Shop-Drawings
  • Specifying Structural Steel

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies
  • (30%) Techniques
  • (30%) Role Play
  • (10%) Concepts
  • Pre-test and Post-test
  • Variety of Learning Methods
  • Lectures
  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires
  • Group Work
  • Discussion
  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course is intended for any civil engineer with interest in learning about steel design and also suitable for construction engineers, design structural engineers, supervision engineers, planners and steel fabricator.

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