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Workshop: Qualitative Analysis of Structures

  • Graduate House 220 Leicester Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

A half-day brush-up on predicting structural behaviour without calculation


Basis for analysis

  • Small displacements
  • Compatibility of displacements
  • Superposition

Characteristics of Structures

  • Static and kinematic determinacy
  • Stability Techniques
  • Conditions of behaviour
  • Points of certainty
  • Cutting back


  • Beams
  • Frames Trusses


This workshop is intended for those interested in improving their understanding of structural behaviour without calculation. This is a key skill for interpreting complex computer model outputs, a quick method to pick up gross errors, and the first step in the model validation process. It helps the structural engineer answer: "Does the output look right?" A qualitative understanding of structural behaviour forms the basis for artful scheme design of structural solutions. The workshop is therefore most suitable for Graduate Structural Engineers with up to around 3 years’ experience.


Dr Colin Caprani, MIStructE, is a Charted Structural Engineer and Senior Lecturer at Monash University. He has been teaching structural behaviour for 18 years. His lecture notes and concepts for teaching structural behaviour have been adopted in many universities across the world. As a Member of Council of the IStructE, he advocates that good structural design requires mastery of structural behaviour and knowledge of the limitations of modern structural engineering software. 


Dr Colin Caprani
Dept. of Civil Engineering
Monash University
03 9902 4610


Cost: $350 per person
IStructE Members: $300 p.p.
Earlybird: $300 until 23 June
Morning tea provided