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Structural Stability of Lateral Forces

A comprehensive course on the structural stability for lateral forces according to industry standards.

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Jayesh Suryawanshi

Volkswagen (I) Pvt. Ltd.,

RMD Sinhgad

Mithin SanthaKumar

Timetooth Technology

Cochin University of Science and Technology University in Kochi, Kerala

Manthan Waghaye

Altigreen Propulsion Labs Pvt Ltd

Shri Sant Gajanan Maharaj College Of Engineering

Hemant Sagar

KN Associates

PM polytechnic, Delhi ncr , sonipat

Jangaiah Chikonda



sai dinesh


usharama college of engineering and technology

Vadapalli A S Krishna Maruthi Srinivas

advance technologies

Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Kakinada

Manas Metar

Sphinix World Biz Limited

University of Wolverhampton


This course is full of best-in-class content by leading faculty and industry experts in the form of videos and projects

Course Overview

  • The program is designed to introduce the topic of structural stability to undergraduate, postgraduate as well as practicing civil/structural engineers
  • Students will learn about the numerous lateral stability systems that exist, and how to be able to make better decisions on which system best suits your project’s needs and requirements
  • You will grasp a better understanding of how to analyse and design lateral stability systems to IS 800:2007 code, as well as the various computer analysis and design methods

Course Syllabus

On a daily basis we talk to companies in the likes of Tata Elxsi and Mahindra to fine tune our curriculum.

Week 01 - Introduction and Loads on structures

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Significance of stability
    • Why do structures fail?
    • Stability - Definition
    • Stable structures
    • Forms of structural instabilities
    • Response of frame to lateral loads
    • Horizontal deflection
    • Eccentricities & drifts
    • Load calculation accuracy & magnitude 
    • Types of loads 
    • Variable loads 
    • Permanent loads 
    • Construction phase loadings 
    • Soil’s lateral static load 
    • Complex loads 
    • Environmental loads 
    • Self-straining loads 
    • Temperature loads 
    • Inertial loads 
    • Blast loads 
    • Distribution of vertical loads 
    • Distribution of horizontal loads 
    • Wind loads 
    • Seismic loads 
    • Load combinations

Week 02 - Anatomy of structure and construction phase stability

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction to Structure Anatomy
    • Structural elements
    • Structural materials
    • Stability systems
    • Steel structure
    • Concrete structure
    • Load paths
    • Introduction to construction phase structural stability 
    • Construction Stage 
    • Causes of Construction Instabilities 
    • Design Phases of a Project 
    • Role of Structural Engineers during the Construction Stage 
    • Responsibilities of a Structural Engineer 
    • Responsibilities of the Contractor 
    • Temporary Vs Permanent Conditions 

Week 03 - Regular & Irregular Structures and Lateral Stability Systems Operational & Serviceability Requirements

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction 
    • Importance of Regularity 
    • Effects of Irregularities on Seismic Design 
    • Seismic Plan Irregularity 
    • Torsional Irregularity on Plan 
    • Diaphragm Discontinuity Irregularity 
    • Re-entrant Corner Irregularity 
    • Plan Dimensions Ratio Irregularity 
    • Non-parallel System Irregularity 
    • Out-of-plane Offset Irregularity 
    • Seismic Elevation Irregularity 
    • Soft-storey Irregularity 
    • Mass Distribution Irregularity 
    • Geometric Vertical Irregularity 
    • In-plane Discontinuity Irregularity 
    • Vertical Lateral Stability Elements Discontinuities 
    • Storey Mechanism Irregularity 
    • Foundation Irregularity 
    • Dealing with Irregularity 
    • Introduction 
    • Architectural requirements
    • Vertical services distribution
    • Horizontal services distribution
    • Excessive deflections effects
    • Vertical geometric aspect
    • Fire compartmentations
    • Insulation
    • Sites influence
    • Construction phase

Week 04 - Structural Robustness Requirements and second order effects

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction
    • Progressive and Disproportionate collapse
    • Robustness design
    • Structural classification
    • Number of storeys in a structure
    • Modification to existing structures
    • Introduction to second order effects 
    • Impact of Second Order Effects 
    • Imperfection & Examples 
    • Global Imperfections 
    • Local Imperfections 
    • Material Imperfections 
    • Irregular Structures 

Week 05 - Vertical Lateral Stability Systems and Horizontal Stability Systems - Diaphragms

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction
    • Vertical Stability System
    • Types of Vertical Stability System
    • Distribution of Vertical Stability System on Plan
    • Continuity of Vertical Lateral Stability Element
    • Secondary Vertical Lateral Stability Element
    • Introduction to Horizontal Stability Systems - Diaphragms
    • Horizontal stability systems 
    • Inadequate shear capacity 
    • Diaphragm examples
    • Beam Analogy of Diaphragms 
    • Load path 
    • Rigid Diaphragms 
    • Flexible Diaphragms 
    • Semi-rigid Diaphragms

Week 06 - Braced (sway) & Unbraced (non-sway) Frames

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction to Braced (sway) & Unbraced (non-sway) Frames
    • Non-sway frames
    • Effective buckling length of non-sway frame
    • Sway frame
    • Effective buckling length of sway frame
    • Effect of infill panels

Week 07 - Analysis of Structure

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction
    • Structural analysis
    • Nonlinearity in structure
    • Elastic analysis
    • Plastic analysis
    • Static linear analysis
    • Status nonlinear analysis
    • Second Order Effect

Week 08 - Braced Systems

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction 
    • Braced structures 
    • Horizontal braced stability system 
    • Braced bays location 
    • Load path
    • Wind suction 
    • Advantages & Functions 
    • Assumptions & Arrangements
    • Geometry of braced  bays 
    • Deflection behaviour & Analysis 
    • Braced bay stiffness
    • Modelling 
    • Design of braced bays
    • Braced bay foundation

Week 09 - Moment resisting frames and Shear Walls

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction
    • Moment Resisting Connection
    • Behaviour of Moment Resisting Frames
    • MRFs Failure Mechanism
    • Lateral Deflections of MRF
    • Types of Moment Resisting Frames
    • Introduction
    • Shear wall action
    • Walls in structure
    • Behaviour of shear wall
    • Failure of shear wall
    • Coupled behaviour
    • Buckling modes

Week 10 - Shear Walls and Cores in Tall Buildings

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction 
    • Main design issues in high-rise structures 
    • Actions on a high-rise structure 
    • Tall industrial structures 
    • Foundations of a high-rise structure 
    • Gravity & lateral loads on high-rise structures 
    • Pile foundation 
    • High-rise lateral stability system 
    • Design of high-rise structures
    • Earthquake forces 
    • Wind forces
    • Introduction 
    • Reinforced concrete cores
    • Steel frame cores
    • Outriggers
    • Introduction to bracing 
    • Types of bracing 
    • Concentric bracing 
    • Eccentric bracing 
    • 3D space truss system 
    • Diagrid structures

Week 11 - Tube and mega Frames in building and IS 800:2007 Lateral stability requirements

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction to tubes
    • Tube in tube system 
    • Framed tubes system 
    • Braced tubes (trussed tube) system 
    • Bundled tubes system 
    • Hybrid tubes system 
    • Mega resisting frames
    • Introduction 
    • Classification of frames
    • Non-sway frame classification
    • Analysis of structure
    • Effective buckling length factor

Week 12 - Computer modelling & analysis

  • In this week, the following topics are covered. 
    • Introduction to Computer Modelling & Analysis
    • Analysis Models 
    • Finite Element Modelling
    • Modelling of Diagonally Braced Frames 
    • Rigid Floor Diaphragm 
    • Shear Wall Modelling 
    • Modelling of Moment Resisting Frames

Our courses have been designed by industry experts to help students achieve their dream careers

Industry Projects

Our projects are designed by experts in the industry to reflect industry standards. By working through our projects, Learners will gain a practical understanding of what they will take on at a larger-scale in the industry. In total, there are 2 Projects that are available in this program.

Analysis and Design of a Braced (non-sway) Frame

In this project, students will design and analyse a braced frame (non-sway) structure. They will follow IS 800:2001 standards.

Design and Analysis of Moment Resisting (sway) Frame

In this project, students will design and analyse of a moment resisting frame (sway) structure. They will follow IS 800:2001 standards.

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Upgrade Your Skillsets with the Structural Stability of Lateral Forces Course

The most crucial part of designing a tall building is managing the lateral load acting on it. Civil engineers deploy different lateral stability systems to define a path for the lateral loads to reach the foundation. To ensure structural stability, civil engineers with specialised skills are in demand. The  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that the hiring of civil engineers will increase by 7% annually through 2031. Gaining relevant skills and working on industrial projects will help kick-start a promising steel design engineer career.

Skill-Lync’s Structural Stability of Lateral Forces is a 12-week online course. It will teach you finite element modelling, braced systems, and analysis of structures. An industry expert with 10+ years of experience in structural engineering has carefully curated the course. As the curriculum strictly adheres to industry standards, it will help you become job-ready. Two industry-level projects are included in the curriculum to provide you with hands-on practice.

The advanced structural engineering course will help you build the skills necessary to kickstart a career in the construction industry.

Who Should Take This Course?

The industry-oriented civil and structural engineering is for students and graduates of civil, architecture, and related engineering streams. This course will excite you if you are interested in calculating loads acting on a structure and ensuring its stability. Experienced professionals keen on improving their domain expertise can opt for this course.

What Will You Learn?

The course will teach you how to build rigid steel structures. The following concepts will be discussed in the course.

  • Response of frame to lateral loads
  • Distribution of loads
  • Anatomy of structure
  • Lateral stability systems operational & serviceability requirements
  • Vertical and horizontal stability systems
  • Braced systems
  • Computer modelling & analysis

Skills You Will Gain

  • Hands-on practice is using STAAD.Pro for structural design analysis.
  • Complete knowledge of regular and irregular structures and the loads acting on it.
  • In-depth knowledge of ensuring the stability of structures.

Key Highlights of The Program

  • Structural Stability of Lateral Forces is a 12-week-long course.
  • Besides the course completion certificate for all participants, the top 5% of learners get a merit certificate.
  • You will get email and forum support to clear your doubts during the course.
  • Real-time industry-relevant projects will make your learning purposeful and practice-oriented.

Career Opportunities After Taking The Course

Upon completing the Structural Stability of Lateral Forces, numerous job opportunities will open up. Some challenging positions that you can work for include:

  • Civil Structural Engineer
  • Detailed Design Engineer
  • Bridge Design Engineer

FAQs on Structural Stability of Lateral Forces Course

Q. Who can take up the Structural Stability of Lateral Forces course?

Students and graduates of civil, architecture and related engineering streams can take the Structural Stability of Lateral Forces course

Q. Is Structural Stability of Lateral Forces an online program?

Yes, the structural engineering course is 100% online.

Q. What is the duration of the Structural Stability of Lateral Forces course?

This structural course is 12 weeks long, covering all the basic to advanced-level concepts essential for understanding structural robustness requirements.

Q. How much can a structural engineer earn?

According to Ambitionbox, the average annual salary of a structural engineer is 4 LPA. However, your pay package varies with your experience and skills.

Q. Is there any certificate for completing the Structural Stability of Lateral Forces course?

Yes, you shall be given a course completion certificate after completing the Structural Stability of Lateral Forces course. The top 5% of the scorers will receive a merit certificate alongside the course completion certificate.

Q. Is any technical support available for this course?

Yes, you can clear your doubts during coursework from our technical support team through email and forum support.

Q. Can you tell me more about Skill-Lync?

Skill-Lync is among India’s leading EdTech platforms dedicated to transforming engineering education. We equip young engineers with the latest skill sets and cutting-edge tools in new-age technologies.

The brainchild of two engineers from Chennai, Skill-Lync, is on a mission to bridge the skill gap between aspiring professionals and the industry’s demands through job-oriented courses.

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INR 40,000

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Become job ready with our comprehensive industry focused curriculum for freshers & early career professionals

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