Course code BūvZ6028

Credit points 2

Modeling and Verification of Structures

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation10.03.2021

Responsible UnitDepartment of Structural Engineering

Course developer


Jānis Kreilis

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

Subject discusses the verification of structures, which are replaced by models. Types of modelling, based on principles of similarity theory are given. Geometric and physical similarity for mechanical modelling. General conditions for similarities. Examples using models of structures. MS Excel, AutoCAD, MathCAD programmes are used preparing for further work with BIM software.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledges about principles of modelling, conditions and practical application; skills to use the knowledges for organizing and managing of experiments; competences to define the task, to process the data of research and evaluate the acquired results. Assessment is given on the basis of indiviual work presentation and competent conversation about theme.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Concept of structural modelling 1h.
2. Types of structural modelling 1h.
3. Basics of similarity theory 1h.
4. Geometric and physical similarity for mechanical modelling 2h.
5. Principles of model making 2h.
6. Loading conditions for structural models 2h.
7. Measuring tools for static experimental tests 2h.
8. Verification of models subjected to dinamic loading 1h.
9. Methodology of model tests 1h.
10. Analysis of test results of beam models 2h.
11. Verification of structural truss models 1h.
12. Verification of steel frame models 2h.
13. Verification of sandwich type structural models 2h.
14. Presentation and statistical treatment of experimental data 1h.
15. Modelling of bolted connections 2h.
16. Course overview. Analysis of individual tasks 1h.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Credit points are awarded if individual work is presented and conversation is successful.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Individual task is given after lectures. Individual job is performed independently with regular consultations.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Attendance at lectures and practical lessons at least 85% of total volume. Assessment of individual work and successfull conversation about research results.

Compulsory reading

1. Лужин О.В., Злочевский А.Б., Горбунов И.А., Волохов В.А. Обследование и испытание сооружений. - М.: Стройиздат, 1987.- 263 с.
2. Harris, H G/ Structural modelling and experimental techniques/ H G Harris, G M Sabnis.- 2nd ed. London, New York,... CRC Press, 1999.- 789 pp.
3. Металлические конструкции. Общий курс / Под ред. Е. И. Беленя. Москва: Стройиздат, 1986. 559 c.
4. MacLeod, Iain A. Modern structural analysis: modelling process and guidance/ I.A. MacLeod. - London: Thomas Telford, 2005., 191 lpp.

Further reading

1. Kreilis J. Plānsieniņu tērauda konstruktīvo elementu aprēķins. Jelgava: LLU, 2013. 77 lpp.
2. Sendvičpaneļi Tenax. U.Iljins, J.Skujāns u.c.. Jelgava: LLU, 2004. 121 lpp.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Steel and Composite Structures. TechnoPress. ISSN 1229-9367
2. Engineering Structures. [tiešsaiste]. Elsevier. ISSN 0141-0296. [skatīts 28.05.2015.]. Pieejams ScienceDirect datubāzē:


Compulsory Course in research direction for the Professional Master's study programme “Civil Engineering”