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Seminar and Training Workshop

"Recommendations for Finite Element Analysis of Structures"

Oulu, Finland, 22-23 May 2012

The event partners are pleased to announce that a one-day Seminar and a one-day Advanced Training Workshop on Recommendations for Finite Element Analysis of Structures will take place in Oulu, Finland, on 22-23 May 2012.

The purpose of this event is to give engineers, scientists, researchers and students a broad insight into the theory and practical methods available to model and analyse a range of steel and concrete structures, with a particular focus on bridges. 

Come along to learn about recommended methods for modelling and analysing these types of structures and to discuss your general modelling and analysis issues with LUSAS users and other engineers in a relaxed, informal environment. 



This 2-day event is organised and presented jointly by:

  • Mr Pertti Rytky, Managing Director of Cimera Oy.
  • Mr Philip Icke, Scandinavian Regional Manager, LUSAS, UK.
  • Mr Julian Moses, Principal Bridge Engineer, LUSAS, UK.

Delegates may register to attend either just the seminar on day 1, both days, or just the training workshop day. See below for seminar and workshop details and costs.

SEMINAR : 22 May 2012

The Seminar on Day 1 consists of four sessions covering the theory behind the analysis and design of engineering structures and the finite element methods that can be used to model and analyse them. Each presentation session is typically followed by a practical demonstration showing how finite element modelling of the subject matter covered can be achieved in practice. See below for link to Booking Form.



Session Times

  8.30 - 9.00 Registration
1 9.00 - 9.45 Introduction
Pertti Rytky, Cimera Oy / Philip Icke, LUSAS

Structural Idealisation - Choice of structural model, Purpose of the model, Level of detail and extent of model, Interaction between parts, Boundary conditions, Safety aspects
Julian Moses, LUSAS

  9.45 - 10.15 Refreshment Break
2 10.15 - 11.30 Finite Element Modelling - Element types, Selection, Meshing/refinement, Material models, Modelling details/singularities, Support conditions, Static/Mobile/Combining Loads and Model Checking
Philip Icke, LUSAS

Practical Demonstration - Deck/floor behaviour / Beam and slab, Integral bridge and wing walls, Beam/Shell/Volume of a beam simplifiable problem.
Julian Moses, LUSAS

  11.30 - 12.30 Lunch
3 12.30 - 14.00 Nonlinear Analysis - Geometrically nonlinear analysis, Equilibrium and convergence criteria, Solution methods, Iteration / tolerances, concrete modelling
Philip Icke, LUSAS

Practical Demonstration - Steel buckling analysis and nonlinear analysis of concrete
Julian Moses, LUSAS

  14.00 - 14.30 Refreshment Break
4 14.30 - 15.30 Modal Dynamics and Time History - Eigenfrequencies and eigenmodes, Transient analysis, Direct time-integration, Modal superpoistion, Convergence problems
Philip Icke, LUSAS

Practical Demonstration - Footbridge with SETRA surface loads, Rail bridge modelling using Interactive Modal Dynamics (IMD), Time-History example.
Julian Moses, LUSAS

  15.30 Any outstanding queries and close.


The Advanced Training Workshop on Day 2 covers aspects of nonlinear and dynamics analysis. It comprises short presentations, guided examples and workshop sessions that will take delegates through specific applications that were described during Sessions 3 and 4 of the Seminar day. See below for link to Booking Form.



Session Times

  7.45 - 8.00 Registration
1 8.00 - 9.30 Nonlinear Analysis - Causes of nonlinearity, Geometrically nonlinear analysis, Equilibrium and convergence criteria, Solution methods, Iteration / tolerances.

Workshop example of girder buckling.

  9.30 - 10.00 Refreshment Break
2 10.00 - 11.30 Nonlinear Analysis - Concrete staged construction modelling incorporating prestress and post-tensioning.

Workshop example of concrete staged construction with creep

  11.30 - 12.30 Lunch
3 12.30 - 14.00 Dynamic analysis - Eigenvalue frequency analyses, Modal combinations, Damping. 

Workshop example of pedestrian bridge

  14.00 - 14.30 Refreshment Break
4 14.30 - 16.00 Soil Structure Interaction - Overview of techniques available from basic spring models to continuum / solids

Soil structure foundation examples and retaining walls.

  16.00 Any outstanding queries


  • Course costs include any handouts / course documentation, lunch and refreshments.
  • Discounts of up to 50% may be available for PhD students and other academics for attending Day 1 or Day 2.
  • Payment methods are stated on the event Booking Form. See below for link.


  • All lectures and presentation sessions will be given in English.

Computer hardware

  • For the Advanced Training Workshop course computers will be provided by the University of Oulu. These will be loaded with the latest version of LUSAS finite element analysis software and a temporary access key provided to use the software for the duration of the workshop sessions.

Availability and booking status 

  • Delegate limit for the seminar day is 16
  • Delegate limit for the training workshop day is 16

As of 14/12/2015 09:48 , the booking status for these days is as follows::



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Please note: Delegates registering after room limits have been reached will be placed on a reserve list and notified accordingly. If any currently registered delegates cancel, or if additional space/places can be provided, we will re-contact you with further information.

Booking Form

  • If you or any of your colleagues would like to attend either of these days please register using the online event booking form. You will then be reserved a place and be advised further.

We hope you will be able to attend what will be an informative seminar and a very useful advanced training workshop. 

Yours sincerely

The Event Partners

Mr Pertti Rytky

Managing Director, 
Kiviharjuntie 11, 

Office : +358 40 821 8000
Fax: +358 42 821 8000

Philip Icke and Julian Moses

Forge House, 
66 High Street,
Kingston upon Thames, 
Surrey, KT1 1HN, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 8541 1999 (switchboard)