Understanding Structural Design


This course extends the principles developed in the Understanding Structural Behaviour course to more complex, real structures and the all-important skills of approximate analysis for checking computer output and member sizing.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
  • Review the modelling process
  • Recognise the fundamental behaviour of structural elements
  • Appreciate overall structural equilibrium
  • Describe the behaviour of three-dimensional structures
  • Interpret and explain the behaviour of real structures
  • Reduce complex structures to simpler forms
  • Comprehend the approximate analysis of sub-frames for member sizing
  • Describe the Case studies: The Swiss Re and Centre Pompidou 


Dr David Brohn CEng FIStructE teaches structural engineering in the UK and internationally. He was awarded The Institution of Structural Engineers President’s Award, 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

Recently qualified graduates under training, who wish to improve their skills in structural modelling. Experienced engineers who are returning to the structural design office.
The course is excellent preparation for The Institution of Structural Engineers Chartered Membership Exam.

Entry criteria

Attendance at the Understanding Structural Behaviour course is an essential pre-requisite.

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 Design

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date
20/09/2018 - 21/09/2017

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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