Mastering Concrete: Basic Design of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Training


The starting point for this course is an analysis of determinate structures and indeterminate structures (by the method of coefficients) and the identification of stress generated in the structure by applied loads.

A set of specially made plastic models will be used to illustrate the deformation and stability of structures under load and have proved to be invaluable in ensuring the understanding of students..

Who is For?

  • Civil Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Architects
  • Engineers of all disciplines who require a top up of skills in the basic principles of structural design and construction
  • All technical staff in Civil Engineering will benefit from this course, whether it be as a refresher or as an introduction to the principles of the design of concrete elements


(2 Day Training)


8:30 – 16:30




R6490 + vat (Early Bird)
R6999 + vat


This course is a 2-day interactive webinar course about
Mastering Concrete: Mastering Concrete: Basic Design of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Training

Presented by Bruce Raath PrEng CEng


Most Civil Engineering or Building projects require the construction of either a reinforced or prestressed concrete structure. These are usually designed by specialist but must be committed to paper by draughtsman or interpreted on site by construction staff at all levels.

It is necessary for these technical or supervisory staff members to identify errors and omissions by having a basic knowledge of the design process



  • Parties to the design and construction of a concrete structure
  • Analysis of statically determinate structures
  • Types of load and resultant stresses
  • Types of structural support and stability
  • Shear force and bending moment diagrams
  • Stress, Strain, Elastic, and Plastic behavior
  • Moment of inertia and resistance to different types of stress
  • Strength of concrete and maximum permissible strains
  • Limit state design of reinforced concrete elements


  • Design of moments of resistance of beams
  • Buckling, bracing and end fixity of columns
  • Life-span of reinforced concrete structures
  • Properties such as shrinkage, heat of hydration, elasticity, bleeding, compressive strength and creep
  • Basic design of prestressed concrete elements
  • Principles of eccentric loading and theory of bending
  • Stress designs for resistance of self-weight, point loads and uniformly distributed loads
  • Types of prestressing systems
  • Cable stresses and consequences of prestressed loss
  • Shear in prestressed beams
  • Bursting at end blocks
  • Post-tensioned and pre-tensioned beams


The approach to design is a logical, step-by-step process with many examples of the design of beams, columns, and slabs done by students in groups, who are later provided with detailed calculations for the structural elements. A comprehensive set of notes will be given to all students which follow a well-illustrated PowerPoint presentation. Properties of the materials used, i.e: concrete, reinforcement, and cables will be given with a guide to materials specification for the avoidance of cracks and deflections, etc. All formulae derived and used will be identical to those in the South African code of concrete design, SANS 10100 Parts 1 and 2, with an emphasis on structural performance based on the selection and placement of material.

How Much?

Early Bird: R6490 + vat
Standard: R6999 + vat


Date: TBC
Time: 08:00am 16:30pm


3-5: 5% off
6-10: 10% off
+11: 15% off


This course is a 2-day interactive live online training course about Mastering Concrete: Basic Design of Reinforced and Prestressed Concrete Training

What Do I Need?

Each delegate will need the following to attend:

  • Steady Internet connection for the duration of the training
  • Laptop / PC / Smart Phone and Power supply (Charger)
  • Zoom Meeting Software installed onto your laptop /
  • PC / Smart Phone
  • Quiet Space

Preferable but not compulsory:

  • Headset / Ear Phones to clearly hear the facilitator

About The Trainer?

Bruce Raath was recently featured as Concrete Expert of 2015 by the International Who’s Who of Professional Engineers based in New York. He was the Past National President of the Concrete Society of Southern Africa. BA Raath & Assoc. is a consultancy operating in the field of concrete construction, repair, failure diagnosis, and design, with reference to floors. The consultancy undertakes expert witness work and provides technical advice on the practical site use of concrete and design of concrete structures.

Training courses have been presented in the UK and African Countries along with courses in many centres in South Africa. Specially adapted in house courses have been presented to many of South Africa’s leading contractors and consulting engineers.

Terms & Conditions

Payment Terms:

  • Payment is required within five (5) working days on receipt of tax invoice.
  • Following completion and return of the registration form, full payment is required within five (5) working days from receipt of tax invoice.
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  • Bulk discounts are not calculated on early bird price. Invoiced amounts need to be paid on or before the early bird date to receive the rate.

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  • All cancellations must be sent in writing at least 10 working days prior to the event.
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