Course Overview

Modular Certification Course
3+ months

This module focuses on the concepts of structural stability and dynamic problems in civil engineering.

The module will also touch on developing fundamental equations and explain the structural response with respect to both dynamic loads and static stability. Application-based activities will be conducted during the study, including modelling and calculating the buckling and natural frequency behaviour of complex structural systems. Emphasis is placed on both analytical methods and numerical solution techniques to demonstrate the importance of model validation.

Computation tools will be developed and integrated into individual project assignments for the assessment of complex structures (which are subjected to dynamic excitation and stability constraints). A final written paper will assess the fundamental knowledge acquired during the module.

Who Should Attend

  • Civil engineers, site engineers, field engineers, project engineers
  • Construction managers
  • Candidate should possess a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering
  • Candidates should be familiar with basic differential equation and matrix mathematics, as well as basic structural analysis

What You Will Learn

Stability and dynamic theory

  • Assess and derive the behaviour of beam and plate elements subject to both dynamic and stability constraints.

Hand calculation of stability and vibration properties

  • Perform stability and natural frequency calculations for complex frame problems using symmetry and related substitute frame techniques.

Computational tools for stability and vibration analysis

  • Create a computer tool (MATLAB or spreadsheet) for buckling and vibration analysis of complex frame problems; validated against commercial codes.

Finite element analysis of stability and vibration problems

  • Determine and interpret the frequency response and post critical stable behaviour of beam and/or plate elements using commercial codes.

Teaching Team

Christopher York
Christopher York

Associate Professor/Prog Leader, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Paolo Del Linz
Paolo Del Linz

Associate Professor, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Course Run Dates Time
August - December 2023 Run  29 August - 3 December 2023 (Every Tuesday*) 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


*Subject to change

Week Topic
Week 1 Fundamentals stability theory
Week 2 Elastic buckling of planar columns
Week 3 Inelastic column buckling; Beam – Column interaction
Week 4 Lateral buckling of beams
Week 5 Frame stability
Week 6 Finite element techniques
Week 7 Break
Week 8 Single degree of freedom
Week 9 Dynamic response of single degree of freedom systems
Week 10 Generation of equivalent single degree of freedom systems
Week 11 Numerical solution techniques
Week 12 Multiple degrees of freedom
Week 12 Dynamic response of multiple degree of freedom systems

Total course contact hours: 36 hours.

Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of the module; and
  • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment during the course

A Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of the module; and
  • Undertake and pass credit bearing assessment during the course

Fee Structure

The full fee for this course is S$3,573.78.

Note: Fees above include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    Is any software required for the course?

    Any analysis software used will be provided as part of the course