Sven Engel
Mies-van-der-Rohe-Str. 1
Hall G, Room 102
52074 Aachen

Tel.: +49 (0)241 80-28547
Fax: +49 (0)241 80-22335


Tu 10:30 - 12:00 a.m.

Tu 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Begin: 08.10.2021

This course is an introduction to the basic rules of structural analysis and design. Starting with basic structural systems, the assumptions of loads and an explanation of the semi-probabilistic safety concept, the basics of structural design and calculations for timber and masonry constructions are presented. After completing this course, the students are able to identify structural elements in building construction, determine load assumptions and relevant loading conditions, establish static calculations, and design structural details. Furthermore, a basic knowledge in the design of stairways, the construction and load transfer of floors, and the stabilization of buildings are covered.


  • Introduction to partial safety factors and design loads
  • Introduction to load transfer
  • details of roof structures
  • presentation of construction details of different bearing types
  • basics of dimensioning structures
  • construction and dimensioning of masonry and timber structures
  • stiffening and stability
  • stairs
  • foundations


The course is executed in cooperation with the Institute for Steel Construction. The lectures are based on the following standards: DIN EN 1990, DIN EN 1991, DIN EN 1995 and DIN EN 1996.

The lecture schedule as well as the distributed documents and slides are available for registered users in the RWTHmoodle.