ENEQ650-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023

Advanced Steel and Composite Structures

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 3 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 16 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 8 October 2023


Behaviour and design of steel plate shear walls, buckling restrained braces, low-damage systems. Composite steel-concrete structures, stability issues, fatigue, cold-formed structures.

ANYTIME START means:  A course that starts outside the normal semester dates.  Check the timetable below for actual teaching dates.

This course gives students an in-depth understanding of the behavior and design of steel structures in seismic regions. It builds on previous steel design classes which cover steel material behavior, steel member behavior in tension, compression and flexure, and bolted and welded connection behavior. Also, knowledge of calculus and matrix methods for structures from previous undergraduate or graduate classes will be assumed.

The first part of the class deals briefly reviews member design and the seismic design of moment-frame and braced-frame structures. It also introduces the design of systems using steel plate shear walls, buckling restrained braces, and newer systems such as those with friction.

The second part of the course deals with composite steel-concrete structures, stability issues, and fatigue.

In order to relate the course to reality, designs will be carried out in groups. These will be then reviewed by other groups.

Learning Outcomes

Students will become familiar with the issues related to the performance of steel frames in seismic regions as listed in the outline.

They will also experience group project work and review work as they undertake designs in a format similar to that in a design office.


ENCI423, ENCI429 and ENCI436; or approval of Head of Department or Programme Director



Timetable 2023

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Saturday 08:00 - 18:00 Wheki 106
25 Sep - 1 Oct
Intensive Block Course A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 18:00 Wheki 106
10 Jul - 16 Jul
Intensive Block Course B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 08:00 - 18:00 Wheki 106
10 Jul - 16 Jul
Intensive Block Course C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 08:00 - 18:00 Wheki 106
28 Aug - 3 Sep
Intensive Block Course D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 08:00 - 18:00 Wheki 106
28 Aug - 3 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Gregory MacRae


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Composite/non-structural designs 25%
Review 25%
Seismic Designs 25%
Exam 25%

Textbooks / Resources

Course Notes:

AISC Specifications:
AISC341 – Seismic - http://www.aisc.org/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=29
AISC360 – Steel - http://www.aisc.org/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=2651

Gorenc B., Tinyou R. and Syam A. “Steel Designers Handbook”, Seventh Edition, UNSW Press, 2005. (Not required) (GTS)

Standards New Zealand (SNZ), Steel Structures Standard (and Commentary), NZS 3404 1997 with Amendments 1 and 2. (2007)
The Standards NZ Online database may be used to access all standards:
- Access via the library - UC Databases > Databases S, or

Software (on departmental and college computers):

RESIST (From Andrew Charleson, Victoria University Wellington)
MASTAN2 (Freely downloadable from: http://www.mastan2.com/)
SAP2000 (http://www.csiberkeley.com/products_SAP.html)
CUFSM: Elastic Buckling Analysis of Thin-walled Members (http://www.ce.jhu.edu/bschafer/cufsm/index.htm)

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,164.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 5 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

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  • ENEQ650-23X (C) General non-calendar-based 2023