Understanding structural design (online)
Date & Time

29 September 2020 - 30 September 2020
10:00 - 17:30 BST


Standard: (From) £555 + VAT
Members: (From) £425 + VAT

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Understanding structural design (online)

Date & Time

29 September 2020 - 30 September 2020
10:00 - 17:30 BST


Standard: (From) £555 + VAT
Members: (From) £425 + VAT

Early booking discount Discounts available

Availability Places available

This two day online 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 3D 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: Swiss Re HQ, London, and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

Intended for

Recently qualified graduates under training who wish to improve their skills in structural modelling. The course will also be of interest to experienced engineers who are returning to the structural design office. The course is excellent preparation for the Institution's Chartered Membership exam.

Entry criteria

Completing the Understanding Structural Behaviour course is an essential prerequisite.

Online delivery 

Our Training and Events Team has been working hard to ensure that the quality of our training does not differ despite no longer being in the classroom. We understand the importance of interacting with tutors and engaging with other delegates, and this has been prioritised when transferring our courses onto an online platform.

This course will be delivered virtually via Zoom and divided into manageable sessions. The content remains the same as the in-house version of the course and the group size is still limited to allow the same level of interaction to take place between delegates and the tutor(s).




Dr David Brohn

David teaches structural engineering in the UK and internationally. David pioneered the ‘Brohn Test’ in the early 1970s, leading the way in evidence-based tracking of levels of understanding structural behaviour amongst graduates. He was awarded the Institution's President’s Award in recognition of his visionary approach to the education of students and graduates.

Tim Lai

Tim teaches budding graduates both in the UK and internationally about structural engineering, finance and entrepreneurship through his training company 'The Structural Exam'. Formerly an Engineering Leadership Award winner with the Royal Academy of Engineering, he then worked at Shell as an Offshore Structural Engineer before venturing into entrepreneurship.


Email - [email protected]

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