Understanding Structural Behaviour



This course aims to address a tendency amongst younger engineers to adopt an undue reliance on the use of the computer for analysis and design, without an ability to arrive at an approximate analysis to both create the structure and check the computer results.


Learning outcomes


By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • Apply a qualitative approach to the solution of a range of framed structures
  • Apply checking protocols for computer output and establish a reliable interpretation of the results
  • Apply the qualitative approach to the approximate analysis of structures as an aid to the creation of the structural model
  • Determine appropriate protocols for the development of these skills in the design office





Dr David Brohn CEng FIStructE teaches structural engineering internationally as well as in the UK and has been awarded the President’s Award by the Institution of Structural Engineers, in recognition of his visionary approach to the education of students and graduates in structural engineering.

David pioneered the ‘Brohn Test’ in the early 1970s, leading the way in evidence-based tracking of levels of understanding of structural behaviour amongst graduates.

The Test is used by educators and employers across the UK to measure and embed an understanding of structural behaviour in students and employees, and his experience and insight underpins this Course.


Intended for


Recent graduates from BEng or MEng courses. As the course is non-numerical it will also be of interest to those from other construction disciplines who wish to obtain a basic introduction to structural engineering.


Entry criteria


If we have not received enough bookings to break even one month before the date of the course, we will have to cancel it. So if you are interested, please don’t delay booking your place.

Event Information

Eventbrite - Understanding Structural Behaviour

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date
11/10/2018 - 12/10/2018

10:00 - 17:30

£475 + VAT for Members
£615 + VAT for Non-Members

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom

David Brohn

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