Structural Design (BYG280)

The course introduces principles of design of civil engineering structures, with emphasis on the load carrying systems and the design loads.

Course description for study year 2024-2025


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NB! This is an elective course and may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students are enrolled by August 20th for the autumn semester.

Structural reliability. Load types and load factors. Environmental loads: snow and wind loads. Soil pressure. Timber structural design. Primary load carrying structure and -stiffening members. Precast concrete elements. Stiffening effects of plates in a precast concrete element building, in-situ constructed concrete buildings, light buildings with corrugated steel plates and wooden plates. Wind trusses. Design of in-situ concrete elements such as flat slabs, load bearing walls, stairs. Construction details. Accident limit state. Fire protection. Basement on soil, . Joins in buildings. Foundation wall. Special foundation problems. Load bearing wall. Earthquake resistant design.

Learning outcome

After completing this course the student shall be familiar with commonly used structural systems and their design. The student shall:

  • be familiar with the requirements related to structural reliability and serviceability.
  • be able to calculate various types of loads and load combinations.
  • be able to design timber and concrete structures including foundation.
  • be able to design various structural details.

Required prerequisite knowledge

BYG140 Structural Mechanics 1, BYG205 Structural Mechanics 2, BYG220 Concrete Constructions, BYG235 Construction physics, BYG310 Timber Structures

Recommended prerequisites

BYG200 Steel Structures


Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Written exam 1/1 4 Hours Letter grades All except use of own personal computer

Written exam on paper.

Coursework requirements

Approved 6 out of 8 exercises

Approved 6 out of 8 exercises

6 out of 8 compulsory assignments must be approved in order to take the exam.

Course teacher(s)

Head of Department:

Mona Wetrhus Minde

Method of work

8 hours lectures and problem solving per week. Compulsory assignments.

Overlapping courses

Course Reduction (SP)
Structural Building Design (BIB310_1) 10

Open for

Civil Engineering - Bachelor in Engineering
Admission to Single Courses at the Faculty of Science and Technology
Exchange programme at Faculty of Science and Technology

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course supervisor, the student union representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital subject evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


The syllabus can be found in Leganto