Course Overview

Modular Certification Course
3+ months
Fee Subsidy
Up to 90% SF Funding

This module will explore the structural behaviour of tall building systems, covering the major concerns and techniques useful to design such structures. 

  • Different stability system will be described. These will include commonly used structural types.
  • The lateral and vertical loading will be considered, including seismic, wind and gravity. Different techniques to estimate them will be taught.
  • The use of numerical software for the analysis of the system will be explored in detail. At the same time, some advanced design considerations, such as progressive collapse will be included.
  • Specific design criteria and techniques for steel, concrete, and composite members will be covered.

Who Should Attend

  • Civil Engineers, Site Engineers, Field Engineers, Project Engineers
  • Construction Managers
  • Candidates should possess a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering

What You Will Learn

Stability systems

  • A range of commonly used stability systems will be considered, using both steel and concrete materials
  • Simplified design rules will be provided

Loading conditions

  • Gravity, wind and earthquake loading will be considered
  • Hand calculations and, where appropriate, FEA analysis and experimental data will be used

Finite element analysis of tall buildings

  • Finite element software ETABS will be used to create models of tall buildings and provide the analysis data needed for the design of structural elements

Teaching Team

Paolo Del Linz
Paolo Del Linz

Associate Professor, Engineering, Singapore Institute of Technology

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Course Run Dates Time
January – April 2024 Run  9 January – 14 April 2024 (Every Tuesday*) 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


*Subject to change

Week Topic
Week 1 Introduction to tall buildings design and architectural development of tall buildings
Week 2  Wind Loads
 Calculate the wind load on a building Using wind tunnel data
 Using wind tunnel data
Week 3 Seismic design
Calculate the earthquake excitation of the building according to the provisions of Eurocode 8
Week 4 Lateral load resisting systems for steel buildings
Perform simple calculations of the stability of a braced frame deflection
Week 5 Lateral load resisting systems for concrete buildings
Calculate the stiffness of a concrete core and its likely elastic deflections for wind loads
Week 6 Preliminary design of a composite floor and columns system
Week 7 Break
Week 8 Gravity systems for tall buildings – Precast concrete
Preliminary design of a precast floor and walls system
Week 9 Finite element modelling of building systems
Create a finite element model of a building
Week 10 Estimation of building loading using Analysis software
Calculate the wind and seismic loads on a building using the Finite element software. Apply loading calculated by hand or other methods
Week 11 Preliminary analysis techniques
Perform a preliminary analysis of a tall building using given loads
Week 12 Novel Materials
Consider the preliminary design from the tutorial in week 11 and perform the analysis again using advanced materials
Week 13 Special Topics: Motion perception, Damping and performance based design

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$3,606.88

Category After SF Funding
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) S$1,082.06
Singapore Citizen (40 & Above) S$420.25
Singapore PR / LTVP+ Holder S$1,082.06
Non-Singapore Citizen S$3,606.88 (No Funding)

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

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    What is the prerequisite knowledge for the course?

    Students should be familiar with basic design rules from Eurocodes.

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    Is any software required for the software?

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