Basic Reinforced Concrete Detailing - use of the ISE SMDSC and EC2 (2 days)

Our Basic Reinforced Concrete Detailing course is an entry level course to cover the basic principles behind reinforced concrete (RC) detailing, highlighting different aspects of the detailing process and their effects on the construction process plus consideration of the process from an Engineering Designer’s perspective in achieving good practice and economic detailing held over 2 days.

Also available as an online training course.

Please note the online version of this training course will be split into modules.


On completion of this course delegates will:

  • Have a good basic knowledge of the RC detailing process, potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  • Recognise the effects of good / poor detailing on projects and have the confidence / ability to detail simple RC elements providing a sound base on which to progress if desired.

Aims & Objectives:


On completion of this course delegates should be able to:

  • Determine the most suitable format for detailing within given time / financial constraints.
  • Define individual responsibilities within the detailing process, apply the appropriate checks and Code clauses to ensure compliance.
  • Determine how to select the correct reinforcement layout to suit both the design and buildability considerations.
  • Avoid common pitfalls when detailing by the application of basic good practice rules.
  • Establish what information is required of the Detailer, how to present it, plus where to source information required by them to complete their work efficiently.
  • Apply basic principles to help with progressively more complex detailing.

Course Outline:

  • Documentation and Principles
    • What the Detailer needs to produce
    • Why the information is required
    • Who uses what piece of information and why
    • Useful places / publications / information sources for the Detailer
  • Drawing Practices
    • Standard guidelines for the production of both General Arrangement and Reinforcement drawings
  • Detailing Methods
    • Differences in Detailing for the Consultant and the Contractor
    • Economy in detailing, providing the right information for the right price
  • Laps / Anchorages / Curtailment
    • Definitions, application and guidance on the required lengths using the ISE Standard Method (SMDSC).
  • Cover / Large radius bends / Torsion & Shear Links
    • Definitions, governing criteria and identification from BS 8666 (2005)
  • Element Detailing
    • Use of proprietary systems, Couplers, Kwikastrip, Rollmat & Shear Rails
    • Detailing exercises for each elements followed by in depth discussion on basic good practice detailing for common elements (potential to tailor to Client specific requirements)

Mode of Delivery:

The course is designed to be an interactive process with continuous delegate feedback / discussion based around individual experience and requirements set against the different topics covered in the Course content to include exercises. Use of A2 Drawing Boards.

Benefits of Attending:

  • The confidence, ability and understanding to detail simple RC elements regardless of previous knowledge / experience.
  • An overall understanding of where detailing fits within the construction process and the theory behind it.
  • An appreciation of flexible good practice detailing and the importance of error reduction within the completed drawings and schedules.

Intended For:

Novice / entry level (ONC / HNC) Civil / Structural Technicians and Detailers ideally from a Designer / Consultant background OR other Construction Industry Professionals wishing to gain a basic insight and understanding of the RC detailing process. Previous experience in detailing is not a pre-requisite.

Pre-Course Requirements:

Delegates will need to bring to the course a Calculator, pencil, eraser and scale rule.