Design of Steel Structures to Eurocode 3


1-day course

CPD Credit: 6.5 hours, C1

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Course Aim

This course aims to provide candidates with a comprehensive explanation of the background to Eurocode 3 and provide practical worked examples for design of steel elements.

Course Overview

Eurocode 3 is the new design standard for the design of elements in steel buildings. This course will provide background to the provisions in the code and explain how to apply them to building structures. Practical examples will be provided to allow delegates to get to grips with the details and be confident of using Eurocode 3 for real projects. The course will recognise the established practices of BS 5950 and highlight differences and key areas of consideration for the practicing structural engineer.

Course Objectives

After the course, the participants should:

Have the ability to undertake the design of basic steel structures to Eurocode 3

Understand the principle differences between Eurocode 3 and BS5950

Show an appreciation of the Eurocode suite and their impact on design practice

Appreciate the practicalities of design using Eurocode 3


Part One

  • Introduction
  • Lightweight materials
  • Design process

Part Two

  • Analysis
  • Bending
  • Compression
  • Tension

Part Three

  • Connections

Part Four

  • Behaviour in fire
  • Corrosion
  • Higher-strength steel
  • Sub-grade selection

Who Should Attend?

Consulting Engineers with some experience of designing structures and structural elements. Engineers with practical experience in using BS 5950. Engineers seeking an overview of the code to understand and manage current design standards. Some knowledge of steel design and Eurocodes 0 and 1 would be useful but not essential. A calculator and pencil are essential, but other required materials will be provided.

Trainer’s Profile

Colin Short Dip Eng, C Eng, Eur Eng, FIEI, FIStructE, MICE

Colin is a retired fellow of Engineers Ireland. Born in London, England, he had graduated as a civil engineer, with two years’ work experience, before he was twenty-one. He has worked with local authorities, international contractors and well-known international consulting engineers, opening as a consulting engineer on his own account in the mid-1980s. He has had partial or total responsibility for projects including, flood alleviation works, tunnelling, sugar mills, cement works, television studios, power stations, sewerage, water systems, gas pipelines, city gas conversion, hotels, apartments, and housing. He has travelled widely to the far east, middle east, Australia and Europe, settling in Ireland during the mid-1970s. Since retirement, he has been more involved with building standards development and currently represents Ireland as the Liaison Engineer for structural steel to steering committees developing the Eurocodes.


  • Abhijeet Zalke, Queen's University Belfast: “Course provided a comprehensive understanding of the topics covered. The course was easily accessible, the material was available beforehand”
  • Joseph Cunningham, Joseph Cunningham & Associates: “Found it informative and broadened my knowledge of the subject.”
  • Diarmuid Barry, Fingleton White: “Colin Short clearly knew the material, presented well. He also answered questions well.”
  • “Very detailed”
  • “Very good and informative videos and workshops”
  • “Really enjoyed the day's training. It was a great way to refresh my memory of knowledge learned in college. Found fatigue interesting as I had not learned about it in as much detail before.”
  • “It was very informative, and the recorded videos helped a lot.”
  • “Well and clearly delivered, good instruction.”
  • “Excellent”
  • “It was very helpful, and the objective was well achieved”
  • “Nice presenter, answered questions comprehensively, clear in answers and content”
  • “Very informative and relevant”
  • “It was informative”


Engineers Ireland supports the Sustainable Development Goals. This event contributes to Engineers Ireland's Sustainability Framework.

Please contact the Team for further information on scheduled course dates and In-Company options. You can reach us by phone: 01 665 1305 or email