Structures Video Seminar

Are you an intern architect preparing to take the structural sections of the Architect Registration Exam? Are you trying to remember and relearn what you were taught about structures many years ago? Or are you a student trying to grasp some basic engineering procedures?

Spend a weekend regaining your knowledge of structures instead of going to the movies. This video seminar has proven itself beneficial to ARE examinees and students for many years.  Even engineers trying to remember fundamental procedures have found the Structures Video Seminar useful.

Now only $69.95 for the entire 8-hour 4-Part course. Streamed and hosted online through Vimeo, you receive unlimited access to the full seminar for 3 months! Or you may purchase individual lessons for $18.95 for 30 days of access. Click here to order and stream the video seminar: Online Course

Also available are the accompanying Workbook and Lecture Notes. This book is a supplement to the online video course and includes the workbook, sample problems, and lecture notes.

Structures Video Seminar

What Is The Structures Video Seminar?

This popular seminar is a video short course designed to assist those preparing to take the Architect Registration Exam.  The seminar consists of theory of structures and problem solving and is specifically designed for those candidates preparing to take the General Structures (including Long Span) and Lateral Force divisions of the A.R.E.

The seminar has benefited thousands of A.R.E. exam candidates in their exam prep since it was first introduced on a nationwide basis in 1987.  Nationally, passing rates for General Structures between 1983 and 1986 remained below 47%. [From NCARB published passing rates, by division, for candidates who took the A.R.E. exam for the first time, hold an NAAB accredited degree and have at least three years of experience in the office of a registered architect]

After the introduction of the Structures Video Seminar in early 1987, passing rates for General Structures jumped to 66%, reaching 85% in June, 1993.  In 1987, passing rates for Lateral Force and Long Span examinees also jumped 10% and 15% respectively.

The videos were made during a seminar conducted in 1990.  The workbook and final exam have been updated as of 2000.  The materials are applicable to significant portions of current codes for purposes of instruction.  The final exam, which is available in the optional workbook, remains pencil format to enable you to recalculate and correct your mistakes directly on the test.

Positive response to the seminar is reflected in the letters we receive, and we are pleased to have contributed to the success of so many now-licensed architects.  Architects, engineers, building officials, colleges, universities, and government agencies have also purchased the Structures Video Seminar for organized education and training sessions and refresher courses.

The Structures Video Seminar addresses the more simplified, but important, structural engineering applications that architects encounter in daily practice – applications that appear as exam problems in the A.R.E.

What Does The Structures Video Seminar Offer the ARE Exam Prep Participant?

  1. Four 2-hour online video segments – approximately eight hours of instruction divided into twelve-40 minute lectures.  Approximately 50% of the seminar is devoted to theory of structures and materials, the remaining 50% to problem solving.
  2. Workbook – available for purchase here, containing selected tables and graphs from various codes for assistance in problem solving, as well as most of the lecturer’s notes as written in the seminar.
  3. Final Exam -also included in the workbook are sample problems and answers.  Final exam format is multiple choice, similar to the format used in the A.R.E.

What Is Not Included In The Structures Video Seminar?
Some problem categories that may have appeared in the structural divisions of past A.R.E. exams, such as Legal Considerations, Life Safety, and History of Architecture and Structure, are not included in the seminar.

Presentation Format
The vast majority of the video presentation consists of “over the shoulder” video shots of problems and solutions while the instructor explains the engineering principles and techniques.  Taking individual notes while the instruction progresses is highly recommended.

Course Outline

PART 1

GENERAL STRUCTURES
LESSON 1
Introduction
Dead and Live Loads
Reduction Factors
Forces
Moments of Forces

LESSON 2
Equilibrium
Supports and Types of Beams
Reactions
Shear Diagrams

LESSON 3
Bending Moment Diagrams
Stress/Strain
Elasticity
Thermal Expansion
Centroids
Moments of Inertia
Flexure Formula
Section Modulus

PART 2

LESSON 4
Shear Stress and Torsion Stress
Deflections
Column Buckling
Radius of Gyration
Slenderness Ratio
Continuous Beams and Stability
Trusses
Frame Analysis

LESSON 5 – WOOD DESIGN
Characteristics
Stress Tables
Laminated Wood
Plywood
Stressed-Skin Panels
Load Durations
Beam Design
Lateral Support
Size and Form Factor
Horizontal Shear Stress
Notched Beams
Wood Deflection

LESSON 6 – WOOD DESIGN
Floor Joists
Plank Flooring
Purlins
Compression and Columns
Service Conditions
Nails, Bolts, Screws, Pins
Modern Timber Connectors

PART 3

LESSON 7 – STEEL DESIGN
Allowable Stresses
Properties
Beam Design
Unsupported Length
Shear and Bearing
Preliminary Sizing
Beam Weight
Framing
Steel Deck
Bar Joists

LESSON 8 – STEEL DESIGN
Plate Girders
Composite Beams
Column Design
Column and Beam Bearing
Bolts, Rivets, Welds
Standard Connections

LESSON 9 – CONCRETE DESIGN
Cement
Cold Weather Concreting
Slump and Compression Tests
Placement
Ultimate Strength Design
Reinforcing
Beam Design
Shear and Deflection
T-Beams
One-Way and Two-Way Slabs
Flat Plate and Slab

PART 4

LESSON 10 (Part 1) – CONCRETE DESIGN
Column Design and Creep
Reinforcing Identification and Splices
Slabs on Grade and Lift Slab
Tilt Wall
Prestressed and Precast Concrete

LESSON 10 (Part 2) – FOUNDATIONS AND WALLS
Soils and Exploration
Footings
Piles and Drilled Piers
Excavation and Backflll
Wall Types
Cantilever Retaining Walls
Basement Walls and Bearing Walls

LESSON 11 – LATERAL FORCES
Wind Loads including:
Wind Loads and Velocities
Design Tables
Exposures
Code Interpretations
Wind Frames
Stability Ratio
Seismic Design including:
Elastic Rebound Theory
Fundamental Period and Frequency
Equivalent Static Load
Ductility
Base Shear
Non-Structural Components
Cracking, Torsion and Drift
Frame Connections

LESSON 12 – LONG SPAN
Structural Forms
Cables and Arches
Trusses and Long Span Joists
Ponding and Space Frames
Surface Structures
Vaults
Lamella
Shells and Domes
Inflatable Structures
Hyperbolic Parabaloids
Barrels and Folded Plates

 

Note: All seminars are privately financed and are not conducted under the auspices of any government program. We are not affiliated with NCARB. Prices and availability of seminar materials are subject to change. The seminars have been developed to assist architects, engineers and students and are believed to have been accurate at the time of last revision in 2000 but the speakers, editors and distributors cannot warrant that presentations or materials are free of errors or will continue to be accurate. Building codes have changed and some tables have also changed and are not to be used for design purposes; however, those tables remain useful for instructional purposes. Verify presentation statements before relying on them. Availability of course may be limited or withdrawn at any time. NO WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED. Texas law applies.