A comprehensive course on structural modeling, starting at the basics for beginners and progressing all the way up to complex structure creation and manipulation. A variety of modeling approaches are covered such as spreadsheets, graphical tools, and automated structure generation. Special attention is paid to loading, materials, shapes and code checks on all of the RISA-3D materials and results interpretation.
This course moves beyond the basics of structural modeling (Course 1) into advanced topics such as P-Delta analysis, thermal and moving loads, and tension-only members. Rigid diaphragms and automated wind/seismic load generation are also covered. Part of this course is devoted to the modeling and results interpretation of finite plate elements, as well as wood and masonry walls.
General dynamic analysis concepts and use of RISA-3D to perform a variety of dynamic analysis. Major topics include Eigenanalysis, Response Spectrum Analysis, and Time History. Subtopics include mass and stiffness modeling concepts, mode shapes and frequencies, local vs. global modes, mass participation, response spectra analysis (RSA), RSA combination methods (SRSS, CQC, Gupta), blast loading, seismic time history, and equipment vibration time history.
RISA training is provided by the RISA staff of Professional Engineers and focuses on teaching structural modeling. This is a learned skill that in many cases is not being taught elsewhere. Learning structural modeling is best taught using examples of real-world problems while being guided by someone who has solved similar problems. Among the many benefits of mastering this skill is that it allows you to solve analysis and design problems quickly and accurately.
Our training focuses on using RISA software tools to effectively and quickly build models and produce useful results. Even though RISA software has a friendly interface, there are many features that can help you work even more productively. These features can be mastered by working through examples that highlight their usefulness – and that’s exactly what our training classes do.
Many states require continuing education for renewal of your PE license. Each day of RISA training provides a Certificate of Completion for 8 Professional Development Hours (PDH), which is equivalent to 2.4 CEUs.