Seminar: Finite element analysis of steel structures - NSW

Finite Element Analysis (FEA) can be a useful tool to determine stress levels in structures and optimize design.  Common challenges faced by engineers include: pressure to rely wholly on FEA results; which FEA results can be trusted for assessment; and comparing fatigue Standards details with FEA details in real structures.

This seminar provides an overview of the positives and negatives of FEA with particular emphasis on fatigue and weld design and is of specific value for structural, mechanical and forensic engineers.

Seminar content

  • When your FEA is responsible for deciding: 'Will it work without us testing?'
  • FEA stresses for fatigue: the good, the bad, the ugly.
  • The value of test models to provide better information.
  • Weld details: real world vs FEA vs Standards (e.g. AS 4100 Sec 11, EC 3, BS 7608).
  • Solid vs Plate vs Beam models for assessment stress: 'Should I model the weld?'
  • Duty cycles and stress ranges: 'What do I do without the fatigue software add-on?'
  • Case studies from amongst mining, railway and industrial equipment. Wind fatigue analysis of Perth Stadium speaker frames.

Seminar package
Seminar notes (PDF)
Light lunch on arrival
Afternoon tea


Vernon McKenzie, Managing Director, EnDuraSim

Vernon has 20 years hands-on experience in the application of FEA to real world engineering challenges.  He has personally trained several hundreds of engineers in the practical application of FEA and has conducted consulting projects - mainly associated with mining, transportation structures (planes, trains, automobiles, buses, ships, subs, trucks and tractors) and industrial equipment - on four continents.

Vernon has a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Certificate in Management Practice from the Australian Institute of Management.

Our technical partners for this event, BuildingPoint Australia, will provide a short presentation on the application of FEA software.

Seminar fee (incl GST)
$375 ASI Member
$455 EA Member
$535 Non Member

EA members who are not ASI members should email with proof of EA membership for the promotion code to access the EA member reduced fee. Engineers attending this seminar may gain CPD points to meet EA requirements.

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