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CCE 425 - Practical Application of Computers in Structural Engineering (10 Days)

Code Start Date Duration Venue
CCE 425 24 June 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
CCE 425 22 July 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
CCE 425 19 August 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
CCE 425 16 September 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
CCE 425 14 October 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
CCE 425 11 November 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
CCE 425 09 December 2024 10 Days Istanbul Registration Form Link
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Course Description

This course will help the participants to acquire an overview on the application of computer software tools in Structural Engineering. The course is a combination of lectures and hands-on lab sessions. Commonly used computer programs in Structural Engineering, such as MathCAD, Excel Spreadsheets, STAAD Pro and LISA finite element analysis (FEA) program, will be used during the course to demonstrate the implementation of concepts/applications discussed during the lectures.

Course Objectives

  • Applying an in-depth knowledge on practical application of computers in structural engineering
  • Discussing  the capabilities of computer analyses software to expedite structural analysis 
  • Determining the various types of international codes and standards under structural engineering
  • Comparing civil and structural engineering
  • Discussing analysis software programs and applications as well as the steel design manual of AISC
  • Describing reinforced concrete design and analysis and structural foundation
  • Demonstrating how to use STAAD Pro software
  • Checking mathematical model result by hand calculations and discussing computer analysis acceptability criteria
  • Identifying modeling plates and shells and discuss finite element analysis and various software including ANSYS, NASTRAN, ALGOR and LISA free Software


Who Should Attend?

  • Civil engineers
  • Construction engineers
  • Computer software engineers
  • Technicians

Course Details/Schedule

Day 1

  • Introduction to Structural Engineering
  • International Codes and Standards (API, BS, DNV, ISO, etc.) 
  • Structural Analysis Methods
  • Comparison between Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Reinforced Concrete Design versus Steel Design AWS/ASD versus LRFD Method
  • History of Analysis Software Programmes and Applications 
  • AISC – Steel Design Manual
  • An Introduction to the Steel Design Manual and its Sections on Standard Beams,
  • Design Calculations which may be Programmed in Excel


Day 2

  • Principles of Structural Stability
  • Simple Beam Equations
  • End Fixities
  • Free Body Diagrams
  • Shear and Bending Moment Diagrams
  • Principal Stresses
  • Trusses
  • tiffness and Springs
  • Introduction to MATHCAD
  • Mathcad Tutorials
  • Constructing a Mathematical Model in the Computer
  • Global Axes and Geometry 
  • Class Exercise
  • Solve Simple Beam Problems for a Pinned Beam, a fixed Beam and a Cantilevered Beam

Day 3

  • Reinforced Concrete Design and Analysis
  • Steel to Concrete Ratio
  • Compression
  • Bending
  • Shear
  • American Concrete Institute vs. British Standards
  • Structural Foundations
  • Slabs and Pilings, Friction Piles, End-Bearing Piles
  • Capabilities
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Comparison to other Similar software 

Day 4

  • Class Exercise
  • Creating a STAAD Pro Model and Running Linear Static Analysis
  • Study the Output and Debug the Model if necessary
  • Mathematical Model Results Check by Hand Calculations
  •  Checking the STAAD Pro Model Output Results for Member Forces and Stresses by Hand Using Classical Methods
  • Computer Analysis Acceptability Criteria
  • Checking STAAD Pro Model for Acceptable “Pass/Fail” Criteria Based on the ASD and LRFD Methods - Unity Checks

Day 5

  • Onshore Structural Engineering versus Offshore Structural Engineering
  • Serviceability Limit States (SLS) versus Ultimate Limit States (ULS)
  • External Loads Imposed on the Models
  • The Metocean and Geotechnical Inputs
  • SACS Introduction
  •  Capabilities
  • Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Comparison to STAAD Pro
  • SACS Modules
  • Linear and Non-linear Solution Integration
  • Known Bugs
  • Excel Spreadsheets
  • Programming Excel to Perform Engineering Calculations
  • Converting Text to Columns and Sorting Data
  • Copying Data to MS Word

Day 6

  • Class Exercise
  • Creating an Excel Spreadsheet to Calculate a Beam’s Moment of Inertia and Section Modulus
  • Validating the Excel calculation with proper standard Beam tables
  • Using AISC’s Steel Design Manual to Check the Beams Web and Flange Local Strength using Excel and the Equations in AISC Section K
  • Modeling Plates and Shells
  • Introduction to Plate Theory and Boundary Conditions
  • Modeling plates in the Computer
  • Plate Group Properties
  • Plate Loading
  • Class Exercise

Day 7

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Introduction
  • Dimensional Shells
  • D Solid Elements
  • Plate Aspect ratios
  • FEA Mesh and refinement
  • FEA Packages
  • Softwares ANSYS - NASTRAN - ALGOR -  Comparisons
  • LISA Free Software
  • Capabilities - Source - Modeling Examples and Applications
  • Class Exercise

Day 8

  • Class Exercise (cont’d)
  • Finishing the FEA LISA Model
  • Set-up and Run a Linear Analysis
  • Examine the Output and View Results
  • on the Screen 
  • Other Uses for LISA FEA Program
  • Modeling for Thermal Analysis
  • Structural Dynamics
  • Natural Frequencies (Eigenvalues) and Mode Shapes (Eigenvectors)
  • Natural Periods
  • Relationship between Mass and Stiffness 
  • Concept of Resonance
  • Usefulness of Computers in the Calculation Of Eigenvalues, Eigenvectors and Transfer Functions
  • Class Exercise

Day 9

  • The Geotechnical Data
  • Using Excel to Calculate Soil Shear Strength and other Strata Properties
  • Using Excel to Calculate Pile Adhesion Capacity Based on Soil Data and Pile External Surface Area
  • SACS and Geotechnical Data
  • How to Model the Soil Strata in SACS
  • Soil Data as a Series of Unequal Springs
  • Analyzing a Pile as a Beam on Multiple Springs
  • Analyzing Piping as Beams
  • CAESAR II Software
  • Piping Restraints and Flexibility
  • Piping Supports and Reactions

Day 10

  • The Role of the Engineer in Interpreting Model Results
  • Understanding the Basics Checking the Model’s Output and Making Sense of the Data at Hand Checking  
  • Capabilities
  • Opportunities to Export Models into AutoCAD and Vice-Versa
  • General Modeling Troubleshooting
  • Open Forum
  • Questions and Answer/Discussions