BYGA2261 - Structural design 1


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

Structural design principles for reinforced concrete, steel and timber structures. Introduction to Eurocodes for steel, concrete and timber design.


Introduction to concrete as construction material.

Classification and mechanical properties.

Ultimate limit-state capacity calculations of reinforced concrete beams, columns and slabs subjected to axial force, bending moment and shear force.


Introduction to steel as construction material.

Classification and mechanical properties.

Calculation of cross-section capacity.

Elastic and plastic capacity of cross-sections under axial, shear and bending, and combinations of these.

Buckling of members subjected to axial force.

Capacity of bolted steel connections.


Introduction to timber as construction material.

Classification and mechanical properties.

Ultimate limit-state capacity calculations of timber beams and columns.

Learning outcome


The candidate:

  • Understands mechanical properties for concrete and steel
  • Understands basic theories for strength analysis, load calculation and design according to the European standard NS-EN
  • Understands basic design principles and statics


The candidate can:

  • design simple structural elements and make drawings by hand and relevant 2D/3D softwares.
  • evaluate the ultimate-limit state capacity of structural element in existing buildings.

General competence:

The candidate:

  • has competence to evaluate the consequence of a chosen design in ultimate limit state design.

Learning methods and activities

Teaching methods:

  • Lectures and basic design.

When using digital tools

  • Exercises on complete digital models for multidisciplinary understanding and innovative competence. Compulsory activities:
  • Compulsory written work requirements.
  • Compulsory digital exercises, 3D modeling.
  • Programming i python

Compulsory assignments

  • Compulsory assignments

Further on evaluation

Written exam -4 hours. Letters A to F.

Compulsory written work requirements: approved before the exam

Mandatory activity from the previous semester can be approved by the institute.

For the continuation exam, the form of the examination can be changed to oral exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Civil Engineering (BIBYGG)

Course materials

S.I. Sørensen.: Betongkonstruksjoner - Berergning og dimensjonering etter Eurocode 2, Akademika forlag.

NS-EN 1992-1-1:2004+A1:2014+NA:2018: Eurocode 2: Design of concrete structures. Part 1-1: General rules and rules for buildings

Per Kr. Larsen: Dimensjonering av stålkonstruksjoner (siste utgave), Fagbokforlaget.

NS-EN 1993 (Eurocode 3: Design of steel structures, Part 1-1 and 1-8.

Stålkonstruksjoner - Profiler og formler, Tapir.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Intermediate course, level II


Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Engineering Subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Ocean Operations and Civil Engineering


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