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Basics of Computer-Assisted Analysis of Building and Industrial Structures

Sam Kassegne, Ph.D., PE

Computer-assisted structural engineering is now widely adopted in the industry. The availability of advanced analysis tools based on finite element and matrix structural analysis concepts have enabled engineers and architects to model, analyze and design innovative, complex and unusual building and industrial structures. The introduction and proliferation of such software analysis tools has to be complemented by a firm and sound understanding of the fundamental analytical concepts used in the formulation of the built-in analysis and design algorithms. This course introduces engineers and architects to these fundamental theories behind most structural engineering analysis software commonly used in the profession. The course emphasizes on a discussion of simplified but fundamental aspects of stiffness-based finite element methodology that forms the basis for most structural engineering software. Important assumptions regarding the behavior of buildings are also included. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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