GT STRUDL® Overview and Basic Static Analysis (TGTS100)

Espoo, Finland - Hexagon PPM, c/o Intergraph Finland
14 November, 09:00 AM - 16 November, 04:00 PM

What will the course cover?

This course is for engineers who carry out static and dynamic analysis on structural systems. The class includes a basic introduction to the software (interface, commands, analysis, post-processing) and then goes on to develop further skills by using GT STRUDL® software. It covers topics of finite element analysis, non-linear analysis, steel design and reinforced concrete design. Participants are also guided to solve exercises, during the course, for better understanding and practice on the course topics.

What are the major topics covered?

Day 1 (Tuesday)

CAD Modeler, Overview of Commands, GTMENU and Static Analysis

  • Overview of the system facilities: Functional areas. Procedures and options. Commands and menus. Graphical environments.
  • CAD Modeler: Creating models fast and easy using CAD functions. Generating Joints, Members, Finite Elements. Meshing functions. Checking the model for modelling mistakes. Generating Loads and combining them. Representation of the results.Structural Modelling: Constructing, editing and checking the structural model using GTMenu. Database and input file. Automatic model generation. Generation of loading conditions. Display operations. View management and annotation. Animation. Configuration of options. Display of analysis and design procedures results. Data base management. Finite element types.Modelling Fundamentals: Definition of Geometry. Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical reference system. Global and local Reference systems. Individual and group specification. Definition of connectivity. Member and element incidences. Individual and group specification. The boundary conditions. Direct and generalized joint constraints. Mechanical and geometrical element parameters. The loading definition. Independent and dependent loadings. Classes of component loads. Automatic generation. Other miscellaneous data. Visualization of data.Linear Static Analysis: The STIFFNESS ANALYSIS procedure. Digital and graphical display of results. Obtaining section results and gross results. Specific finite element results. Obtaining of diagrams, envelopes and contour plots. Automatic detection of structural singularities.Workshop: Participants are guided to solve Exercise #1 “Linear Analysis of a Plane Frame Using the Model Wizard” and Exercise #2 “Linear Analysis of a Plane Truss using the Graphical Interface”.

Day 2 (Wednesday)

Finite Element Analysis and Advanced Analysis (Dynamics)

  • Finite element results. Getting stresses along a cut. Surface contour visualization for displacements, strains and stresses. Convergence considerations.
  • Finite Element Modelling: Generation 2-D and 3-D finite element meshes. Membrane, plate bending, plate, axi-symmetric and solid element types. ApplicabilityDynamic Analysis Modelling: Defining dynamic parameters. Mass representation. Lumped and Consistent Mass. Generating Mass from Loads.Damping representation. Modal damping and proportional damping. Nodal damping. Determination of mass participation factors. Animation of the mode shapes.Dynamic Forced Vibration Analysis: Dynamic response in the time domain via direct integration of the equations of motion and via superposition techniques: the TRANSIENT procedure. The SPECTRAL RESPONSE procedure for seismic analysis. Combination of static and dynamic results. Visualization of time-history response.Workshop: Participants will be presented dynamic analysis problems to solve.*Depending on class attendance mode, may be switched to the next day.

Day 3 (Thursday)

NonLinear Analysis and Design

  • Overview of non-linear analysis: Consideration of member non-linearities and boundary condition non-linearities. The NONLINEAR ANALYSIS command.
  • Tension only and compression only elements.Gap Elements.NonLinear springs.Staged/Sequential construction.The cable element. Non linear analysis for cable structures.Non linear dynamic analysis. ExamplesSteel Design: Design parameters and member constraints. The CHECK command for structural verification. The SELECT command for automatic dimensioning. Smoothing the design. The SUMMARIZE command. Steel takeoff. The generation and management of steel profile tables using the GTTABLE system. Examples.Overview of Reinforced Concrete Design: Reinforced Concrete Design general commands. Proportioning reinforced concrete members. P-Delta analysis. Quantity takeoff. Examples.


  • 3 days

What are the prerequisites for attending this course?

  • Delegates should have an appreciation for Structural Engineering theory and principles. Qualifications would typically be a Degree in Civil/Structural engineering, or relevant experience


  • Please email to enquire or book your place, quoting the above reference number.