Lateral Stability to Building Structures


This half day course covers the methods by which the lateral stability of a building structure is achieved.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the methods of achieving lateral stability in buildings
  • Recognise how robustness impacts on lateral stability
  • Identify second order effects on building structure frames
  • Illustrate development and projection of load paths in frames
  • Identify and exploit vertical and horizontal stability systems


Chris O’Regan is a principal structural engineer at AECOM Ltd., London. As a graduate structural engineer he was trained at Dewhurst MacFarlane & Partners, where he first started designing structural glass elements. In 2012, he revised the Institution’s Structural Use of Glass in Buildings, bringing it in line with current methods of design, construction and maintenance of glass structures.

Intended for

Graduate structural engineers who are expected to develop their understanding of the stability of complex, real world building structures.

Entry criteria

Attendees must be practising structural engineers who are familiar with building structures and have a minimum of one year's experience.


Associated publications

  • Stability of buildings Parts 1 and 2: General philosophy and framed bracing
  • Stability of buildings Part 3: Shear walls
  • Stability of buildings Part 4: Moment frames (Stability of buildings may also be purchased as a set at a discount price)
  • Practical guide to structural robustness and disproportionate collapse in buildings

Many of our courses have associated, Institution-published manuals or guides. Enjoy an exclusive 50% discount on printed copies of these publications when you attend this course.

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Don't delay booking your place - if we have not received enough bookings to break even one month before the date of the course, we will have to cancel it.

Event Information

Eventbrite -  Lateral Stability to Building Structures

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date

14:00 - 18:00

£145 + VAT for Members
(Early bird £130 + VAT)

£190 + VAT for Non-Members
(Early bird £171 + VAT)

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

Chris O'Regan

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