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This module will explore the structural behaviour of tall building systems, covering the major concerns and techniques useful to design such structures. Different stability system will be described. These will include commonly used structural types. The lateral and vertical loading will be considered, including seismic, wind and gravity. Different techniques to estimate them will be taught The use of numerical software for the analysis of the system will be explored in detail. At the same time, some advanced design considerations, such as progressive collapse will be included. Specific design criteria and techniques for steel, concrete, and composite members will be covered.

Teaching Team

What You’ll Learn

Stability systems
- A range of commonly used stability systems will be considered, using both steel and concrete materials. Simplified design rules will be provided.

Loading conditions
- Gravity, wind and earthquake loading will be considered. Hand calculations and, where appropriate, FEA analysis and experimental data will be used.

Finite element analysis of tall buildings
- Finite element software ETABS will be used to create models of tall buildings and provide the analysis data needed for the design of structural elements.

Who Should Attend

  • Civil Engineers, Site Engineers, Field Engineers, Project Engineers
  • Construction Managers

SITizens Learning Credits (SLC) - Eligible Course

This course is SITizens Learning Credits (SLC) eligible. Please refer to the user guide how to register for courses utilising your SLC.

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Certificate and Assessment

A Certificate of Participation will be issued to participants who:
  • Attend 75% of the course
  • Undertake non-credit bearing assessment (during course)

A Certificate of Attainment for each module will be issued to participants who:

  • Attend at least 75% of each respective module; and
  • Participants who pass the Continuous Assessment and final examination with with a GPA of 2.5 or more.


  • Candidate should possess a bachelor degree in Civil Engineering

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the prerequisite knowledge for the course?

Students should be familiar with basic design rules from Eurocodes.

  • Is any software required for the software?
Any analysis software used will be provided as part of the course.


(Tuesday, 7pm to 10pm)
1 Introduction to tall buildings design and architectural development of tall buildings.
2 Wind Loads
Calculate the wind load on a building Using wind tunnel data
Using wind tunnel data
3 Seismic design
Calculate the earthquake excitation of the building according to the provisions of Eurocode 8
Lateral load resisting systems for steel buildings
Perform simple calculations of the stability of a braced frame deflection
5 Lateral load resisting systems for concrete buildings
Calculate the stiffness of a concrete core and its likely elastic deflections for wind loads.
6 Preliminary design of a composite floor and columns system
7 Break
8 Gravity systems for tall buildings – Precast concrete
Preliminary design of a precast floor and walls system
9 Finite element modelling of building systems
Create a finite element model of a building
10 Estimation of building loading using Analysis software
Calculate the wind and seismic loads on a building using the Finite element software. Apply loading calculated by hand or other methods
11 Preliminary analysis techniques
Perform a preliminary analysis of a tall building using given loads
12 Novel Materials
Consider the preliminary design from the tutorial in week 11 and perform the analysis again using advanced materials
13 Special Topics: Motion perception, Damping and performance based design

In the event a course date falls on a public holiday, the trainer will make alternative arrangements in consultation with the students.


Category Full Fee After SF Funding
Singapore Citizen (Below 40) /
Singapore PR
$3,447.54 $1,034.26
Singapore Citizen (40 & above) $3,447.54 $389.86
Non-Singaporeans $3,447.54 Not Eligible
  • All figures include GST. GST applies to individuals and Singapore-registered companies.
  • You can opt for either SkillsFuture Funding or Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy. Both cannot be combined.

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Terms & Conditions:

SkillsFuture Funding

To be eligible for the 70% training grant awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen or Singapore Permanent Resident
  2. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SkillsFuture Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy

To be eligible for the 90% enhanced subsidy awarded, applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) must:
  1. Be a Singaporean Citizen
  2. Be at least 40 years old
  3. Not receive any other funding from government sources in respect of the actual grant disbursed for the programme

SIT reserves the right to collect the balance of the programme fees (i.e. the potential grant amount) directly from the applicants (and/or their sponsoring organisations where applicable) should the above requirements not be fulfilled.

SIT reserves the right to make changes to published course information, including dates, times, venues, fees and instructors without prior notice.

Course Series

Modular Certification Courses - Civil Engineering

These modules are stackable towards a Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering or can be taken individually as a single module as follows:


  • CVE6001 Structural Stability and Dynamics
  • CVE6002 Design of Steel and Composite Structures
  • CVE6003 Design of Tall Buildings*
  • CVE6004 Advanced Material Technology
  • CVE6005 Design of Reinforced and Precast Concrete Structures*
  • CVE6006 Advanced Geotechnical Engineering
  • CVE6007 Shallow and Deep Foundation*
  • CVE6008 Numerical Modelling in Geotechnics*
  • CVE6009 Deep Excavation and Tunnelling*
  • CVE6010 Land Reclamation and Ground Improvement
*Modules subsidised by SkillsFuture Singapore.

Each module carries ECTS 6 credits. Candidates who pass any 4 modules (totalling 24 credits) with a CGPA of 2.5 or more will be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Engineering by SIT. Collectively, they can be taken as the Masters of Science in Civil Engineering.

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Key Info

Venue SIT@Dover, 10 Dover Drive, S138683
Time 07:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Date 12 Jan 2021 (Tue) to
20 Apr 2021 (Tue)
Registration is Closed.

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