Design of Aluminum Structures Using CSA S157 (2017)

Earn .7 Continuing Education Units / 7.0 Professional Development Hours

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The Abstract

A revised version of the CSA S157 standard for “Strength Design of Aluminum Structures” was published in 2017. The revision included some significant changes, including a complete reorganization so that the code resembles the corresponding steel code (CSA S16) more closely, with the goal of making structural designers more comfortable with aluminum as a structural material. Other major changes include: provisions addressing the manner in which combined forces and structure stability are considered in a new section on analysis of structures (requiring second order analysis in certain instances); new sections on aluminum-concrete composite structures, screw fasteners, and strength determination by testing; an expanded list of eligible alloys and their properties; new content concerning fatigue design using local stress approaches; and the addition of friction stir welding (FSW) as a permitted process for welded joints. In 2019, a new edition of the CSA S6 standard for highway bridge design will come out, with a similarly updated version of Section 17 (Aluminum Structures). The purpose of this seminar will be to review these recent changes to the way we design aluminum structures in Canada, by presenting a summary of the changes and illustrating their implications with design examples.

The Content

  • Review of aluminum fundamentals, including material properties and particularities related to its application as a structural material
  • Overview of CSA S157 with a focus on the changes introduced in the 2017 edition
  • Presentation of design examples highlighting differences between aluminum and steel structural design codes and implications of recent changes to the CSA design codes for aluminum

The Instructor

Scott Walbridge, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Alberta) is an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo, where he has worked since completing his Ph.D. at the EPFL in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2005/6. Scott currently serves as Vice-Chair for the CSA S157 TC and Chair of the CSA S6 TSC for Section 17. He is also a member of the CSA W59 and W59.2 codes for welding of steel and aluminum structures. His research has investigated topics in a variety of areas including: fatigue behaviour of steel and aluminum welded connections, structural performance of mechanically-fastened connections, vibration behaviour of aluminum pedestrian bridges, and stability design of aluminum structures. In addition to his work on various structural design code committees, Scott is also currently serving as the Program Director for Waterloo’s new undergraduate program in Architectural Engineering.

Course Schedule:

7:45 Registration-8:30 Start of Session-10:00 Coffee Break-12:00 Lunch-15:00 Coffee Break-16:30 End of Session


Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal – Postponed until this fall.

April 26, 2019

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Moncton
777 Mapleton Rd,
Moncton, NB E1G 2K5


April 23, 2019

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Toronto Airport West
5599 Ambler Dr,
Mississauga, ON L4W 3Z1




The Course Fees

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For Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton: Early Bird for the below courses – until March 29th, 2019

Members: $500   vs $550
Non Members: $750   vs $800
Students: $120

For Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton: Early Bird for the below courses – until April 12, 2019

Members: $500   vs $550
Non Members: $750   vs $800
Students: $120

(Taxes will be added to the registration price)

Please note that courses may be cancelled up to one week in advance. A full reiumbursement for course fees only will apply.

For more information or for special rates for 5 or more,
please contact Grant Watson

These courses have been developed with the collaboration of the Centre d’expertise sur l’aluminium (CeAl)

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Cancellation requests received within the 14 days prior to the start of the course will be non-refundable.
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