Conceptual Design for Structural Engineers - An Introductory Course (Online)


This online course provides a theoretical framework for understanding conceptual design in the context of structural engineering. It will include understanding the overall process of design, where conceptual design fits within the process, how to interpret a client brief, strategies for generating ideas in response to a brief, and rapid, iterative modelling and testing of ideas.

Participants will apply the techniques taught in the workshop to design scenarios that they bring from their personal practice. The course is delivered through a series of 4 weekly 2-hour interactive webinars supported by individual study in between.
  • Week 1 (24 September) - Working with the brief
  • Week 2 (1 October) - Developing ideas
  • Week 3 (8 October) - Modelling and testing ideas
  • Week 4 (15 October) - Bringing it all together

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:
  • Explain the design process as a series of discrete steps
  • Describe the characteristics of a good design brief and use this knowledge to write your own brief
  • Describe and use techniques for idea generation
  • Describe and use techniques for modelling and testing your ideas


Oliver Broadbent is an expert facilitator and trainer in design thinking for the built environment. With a background in civil engineering and teaching, he specialises in designing high-impact training that has a lasting effect on the learner.

He is Founder and Director of engineering training consultancy Constructivist. There he leads the development of Constructivist’s programme of design training for design consultancies. He also works with universities including Cambridge, Bath and Imperial to develop innovative approaches to curriculum design and delivery. For eight years Oliver was Director of Think Up, the education arm of the Useful Simple Trust.

Oliver has co-authored a series of good practice teaching guides for the Royal Academy of Engineering on experience-led learning, e-learning for engineers, effective industrial engagement in engineering education and how to teach sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Imperial College, London.

Intended for

Structural engineers who are preparing to take The Institution of Structural Engineers Chartered Membership Exam.

Entry criteria

None. Participants will need to have Adobe Flash installed on their computer but will be given the option to download it after clicking on the meeting link.

Please note: By booking a place on this course, you agree that IstructE Ltd will pass your contact details on to Constructivist Ltd. who will contact you directly with details of how to log onto the course.

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 - Conceptual Design for Structural Engineers - An Introductory course (Online)

Event Status
Places Available

Event Date
24/09/2019 - 15/10/2019

10:30 - 12:30 BST

£290 + VAT for Members
(Early bird £261 + VAT)

£370 + VAT for Non-Members
(Early bird £333 + VAT)


Oliver Broadbent

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