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This course shortcuts your way to masteringthe basics of structural engineering, whether you’re:

property manager and owner

An Architect

A contractor or project manager

A student or recent graduate

A building owner or developer

Structural Engineering Basics Course Syllabus

Course Outline:

Lesson 1: Introduction

1.0 - Who we are
1.1 - Who this course is for
1.2 - Course outline
1.3 - Outcomes of taking this course
1.4 - What is structural engineering?
1.5 - What do structural engineers do?
1.6 - Types of structural engineering projects
1.7 - Memorable structural engineering failures
1.8 - Structural engineering achievements

Assignments & Quizzes

Lesson 2: Loads

2.0 - What are loads?
2.1 - Dead loads
2.2 - Live loads
2.3 - Snow loads
2.4 - Wind loads
2.5 - Earthquake loads
2.6 - Earth pressure and surcharge loads
2.7 - Use of building codes and factors of safety
2.8 - Load combinations and importance factors
2.9 - Live loads in building codes
2.10 - Snow, wind and earthquakes in building codes
2.11 - Snow buildup

Assignments & Quizzes

Lesson 3: Construction Materials

3.0 - Introduction and types of materials
3.1 - Concrete - Ingredients
3.2 - Concrete - Mixing
3.3 - Concrete - Testing
3.4 - Concrete - Formwork and reinforcing
3.5 - Concrete - Precast and post tensioned
3.6 - Steel - Background
3.7 - Steel - Composite Deck
3.8 - Steel - Piles and shoring
3.9 - Wood - Hardwood and softwood
3.10 - Wood - Engineered wood
3.11 - Wood - Fasteners
3.12 - Masonry - Background
3.13 - Masonry - Testing
3.14 - Masonry in a building system

Assignments & Quizzes

Lesson 4: Structural Elements

4.0 - Components of a structure
4.1 - Deck, joists, beams, trusses and slabs
4.2 - Columns and bearing walls
4.3 - Diaphragms
4.4 - Diagonal bracing
4.5 - Shearwalls
4.6 - Girts
4.7 - Connections
4.8 - Foundation walls and grade beams
4.9 - Shallow foundations
4.10 - Deep foundations
4.11 - Geotechnical investigations

Assignments & Quizzes

Lesson 5: Load Transfer & Structural Analysis/Design

5.0 - Intro and types of loading - Part 1
5.1 - Intro and types of loading - Part 2
5.2 - Load transfer
5.3 - Types of stresses
5.4 - Types of failures in structural elements
5.5 - Analysis and design - Intro
5.6 - Analysis and design - Reinforced concrete
5.7 - Analysis and design - Joists and Trusses
5.8 - Analysis and design - Hollowcore
5.9 - Analysis and design - Columns
5.10 - Analysis and design - Exterior walls

Assignments & Quizzes

Lesson 6: Structural Drawings

6.0 - Structural vs. Architectural drawings
6.1 - Structural plans
6.2 - Structural elevations and sections
6.3 - Schedules
6.4 - General notes
6.5 - Shop drawings
6.6 - Building Information Modelling (BIM) - Part 1
6.7 - Building Information Modelling (BIM) - Part 2

Assignments & Quizzes

Lesson 7: Tips for Architects

7.0 - Reinforcing structures - Part 1
7.1 - Reinforcing structures - Part 2
7.2 - Reinforcing structures - Part 3
7.3 - Removing columns and bearing walls
7.4 - Girt requirements
7.5 - Partition walls
7.6 - Brick veneers supports
7.7 - Shear walls and cross bracing
7.8 - Building shape

Lesson 8: Tips for Homeowners

8.0 - Load bearing elements - Part 1
8.1 - Load bearing elements - Part 2
8.2 - Partition Walls
8.3 - Connections
8.4 - Foundations - Part 1
8.5 - Foundations - Part 2
8.6 - Permits

Lesson 9: Tips for Contractors

9.0 - Concrete - Part 1
9.1 - Concrete - Part 2
9.2 - Foundations
9.3 - Diaphragms
9.4 - Construction Loads
9.5 - Quality Assurance and Quality Control

This course is for YOU if you...

Lead a busy life. Watch our videos whenever it fits your schedule and from any place.

Like to learn at your own pace. What you need are on-demand videos that you can pause, rewind, or speed up.

Want to save money. Know exactly why and how your budget is spent during construction and keep engineers in check.

Think of education as an investment. This course will not only save you money in the long run, but also immediately advance your career.

Want to feel in control. Learning about structural engineering is the best antidote to anxiety, frustration, and overwhelm during construction.

Prefer learning from experts. You want to learn from someone with practical experience who can teach you what works in real life, not just on paper.