Structural Steelwork - Technical Awareness


Structural Steelwork plays a huge part in today's construction industry. Main Contractors are heavily reliant on the expertise of both the design engineer and fabricator when constructing steel framed buildings/structures whilst commonly not benefiting from their own checks and balances. Occasionally things go wrong, the consequences of which can be far reaching for all those involved in the project particularly the main contractor. Improvements in the technical awareness of structural steelwork will help the Main Contractor's teams to appreciate issues and manage problems thus reducing the risk of problems/difficulties.

Aims & Objectives:

The course will enhance the understanding that delegates have of structural steelwork and the efficient integration of steelwork fabrication and erection into the construction process. They will have the opportunity to understand the background behind design, fabrication and erection of structural steelwork and add to or develop a deeper understanding of the use of structural steelwork on projects. In addition, the course is intended to help them to develop the confidence to challenge both the designer and fabricator when they recognise the need in their day to day roles.

On completion of this course, delegates should be able to:

  • Appreciate the nature of structural steelwork and the nature of the specialist sub-contractors who fabricate and erect frameworks
  • Understand the design, fabrication and erection process involved in constructing a steel framed building
  • Proactively manage the interface between design, fabrication and erection of a steel framed building
  • Draft a test and inspection plan for a steel framed building
  • Develop their confidence - so that they are prepared to challenge the designer/fabricator if they are seriously concerned about a particular aspect of the design, or are unsure of the function of a particular structural element
  • Recognise the significance of a design change brought about by site variations

Course Outline:

The course consists of:

Structural Steelwork - An Introduction and Overview

  • Steel as a Construction Material
  • The Properties of Structural Steelwork
  • The Advantages and Disadvantages of Steelwork as a Construction Material

Structural Steelwork - Design and the Role of the Structural Engineer

  • Design and Detailing
  • Corrosion Protection
  • Fire Resistance
  • BIM
  • Specification
  • Design Input during the Construction Process

Structural Steelwork - Connections and Potential Defects

  • Bolting
  • Welding
  • Engineers and Fabricators Responsibilities

Structural Steelwork - Fabrication through to Completion

  • Fabrication
  • Erection
  • Case Studies of Difficulties

End of Course Assessment

  • A multiple choice assessment will be completed during the course

As Appropriate, video viewing, case studies and group and individual exercises will be used

Mode of Delivery:

  • Assessment of needs and capabilities
  • Tutor Presentations
  • Video Presentations
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Delegate Experiences
  • Case Studies
  • Discussion
  • Summary

Benefits of Attending:

Participants will understand the reason behind the choice of structural steelwork for a given project, the relationship between designer, fabricator and main contractor and the various inputs necessary by each party. The participants will also be able to appreciate the difference between bad a good practice when implementing structural steelwork thus improving their ability to manage the design, erection and fabrication of structural steelwork within construction projects

Intended For:

Design and Build Co-ordinators, Design Managers, Site Engineers, Assistant Project Managers, Project Managers and Duty Holders

Pre-Course Requirements:

There are no pre-course requirements however delegates should come prepared to share their knowledge and experience of site issues, which have arisen in relation to the implementation process