One Day Seminar on Design of Bolted and Welded Joints to Eurocode 3: Part 1-8

Date, time & venue
2017-10-16;8:45 am (registration) for 9:00 am to 5:00 pm;Fiona Cheung Sum Yu Lecture Theatre (SHR-G30), PolyU Student Halls of Residence, 1 Hung Lai Road, Hunghom, Kowloon, Hong Kong The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hunghom, Kowloon


(Supported by Structural Division)


This course is for engineers and technicians wanting to learn practical knowledge to design steel for frame construction. The course covers the design of nominally pinned connections, in accordance with BS EN1993-1-8, considering shear and axial force effects. The Eurocode approach to the design of moment resisting connections will also be discussed with the aids of sketches and practical case studies. Bracing connections, column bases, splices, welded joints and non-standard connections will all be covered. The Eurocode rules for ordinary and pre-loaded bolt groups will be discussed. Design checks and rules of thumb will be used for preliminary connection sizing. The course will be taught with examples of connections which could be designed as reliable as well as economical to achieve productivity in steel construction.


The objectives of this course are:

  • to equip designers with the knowledge to design steel connections with confidence;
  • to explain the key principles and behaviour to detail practical connections;
  • to understand the design resistance and stiffness of frame connections;
  • to explain the background information on bolted and welded joints.


After attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Design bolted and welded connections for strength and stiffness;
  • Apply methods learnt from the course to achieve economy in design, fabrication and erection of steel structures;
  • Avoid common mistakes with lessons learned from case studies and collapse investigations.


PROF RICHARD LIEW – BEng (Hons), MEng, PhD, FSEng, CEng, PEng, ACPE, StEr
Professor of the National University of Singapore, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.


Prof Richard Liew is a Chartered Engineer and Professional Engineer. He joined NUS in 1986 where he lectured, conducted research and provided short courses and consultancy services to the industry especially in the field of steel and composite structural engineering. He has been awarded with multiple teaching excellence awards by the Faculty of Engineering over the years. He is world-renowned as an expert of advanced analysis and the application of theory of stability and plasticity in structural and offshore engineering with emphasis on robustness and hazard assessments including the effects due to fire, blast and impact loads. He has authored and co-authored five books and published over 300 technical papers. He is a member of the Institution of Structural Engineers (UK) and the Institution of Engineers, Singapore, and the Honorary Fellow of Hong Kong Institute of Steel Construction and Singapore Structural Steel Society. He has served in numerous international and local technical committees relating to material and building standards. He is currently a member of SPRING, Singapore’s Technical Committee on Building Structure and wherein he also serves as a Convenor on the adoption of Eurocode 3 and Eurocode 4 in Singapore and chairing several workgroups for Eurocodes 3 and 4.


Official Language
English will be the official language.


Registration fees
The registration fee includes a copy of lecture notes, a copy of CPD certificate.


Regular Registration: HK$ 900 each for HKISC Members, HK$ 1,000 each for HKIA/HKIE/HKIS Members; HK$ 1,200 each for non HKISC/HKIA/HKIE/HKIS Members.


Please send the completed registration form with registration fee to Mr. Sam Chan, HKISC c/o ZS972, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon by 3 October 2017 (Fax No.: 852-2334 6389). You can download this form on HKISC web ( or request through emailing to: For further information, please contact Mr. Sam Chan above.



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