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Steel Design and Optimization (P201)


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Steel Design and Optimization covers general steel design concepts and applications.

Learn how to set up an analysis model that accurately represents a steel structure's behaviours and define the steel design data (effective lengths, bending coefficients, and more.). Apply optimization criteria to structural models to ensure the steel structure is designed to maximize efficiency.
Topics covered include how to define an accurate analysis model, execute a performance assessment on a steel structure, and how to optimize steel section choice to different user-defined criteria such as weight, availability, or cost. By providing a balance of theoretical discussions and numerous hands-on examples, attendees will gain both understanding and experience in practical steel design and optimization using S-FRAME Analysis and the Integrated Steel Design (S-STEEL).

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Dates and Hours

Class times to be announced at a later date


About Steel Design and Optimization (P201)


By the end of the class, attendees will understand how to use S-FRAME Analysis to accurately account for geometric imperfections and second-order behaviour in their analysis model. They will understand how to verify the suitability of assigned steel sections and if needed, perform either a manual or automated design according to user-defined constraints. Lastly, users will know how to generate their steel design document in a detailed Engineering Report.


The class lectures are delivered in two live 2-hour sessions delivered over three days.

Includes graded Assignments and Final exam (you will receive a score report for your records)

Attendees receive a certificate of mastery provided they achieve a final score above 75%

Professional Development Hours

Who Should Attend

Structural or Civil Engineers responsible for the analysis, design and optimization of steel or steel/concrete structures for industrial or commercial projects.


Attendees should be familiar with steel design fundamentals including related design data and results.

It is recommended that participants have already attended the Introduction to S-FRAME Analysis class or have a working knowledge of basic S-FRAME Analysis features and functionality, as foundational topics will not be covered.

Course Content

Analysis Model Setup

Initial Imperfections

Geometric Nonlinearity and P-Delta Effects

Code Check Process

Defining and Editing Design Model Data

Design Process

Creating Design Groups

Selecting Sections for Study

Fine Tuning your Design using Various Tools

Design Group Management

Iterative Design/Analysis Process

System Requirements

Windows 10 (64-bit) environment

Min 2 GB RAM, Recommended 4 GB or more

S-FRAME and S-STEEL latest versions (temporary academic licenses available, if needed)


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