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LUSAS Introductory Course

(Formerly run as LUSAS for Structural and Bridge Applications)

Course Summary

Featuring four live online sessions of 90 - 120 minutes each, this course is for engineers with little or no prior knowledge of LUSAS, or for those wanting to refresh their knowledge of carrying out linear static and buckling analysis for structural and bridge applications. 

The course covers getting started with LUSAS and proceeds to cover in detail:

  • Modelling and analysis options available for creating beam models
  • Modelling flat slabs, composite construction
  • Performing 3D modelling and linear buckling
  • Correctly applying the various types of bridge and structural loading available with reference to relevant units and design codes of the region(s) stated.

Obtain answers and practical engineering guidance to the following:

  • Modelling: Why has a certain modelling approach been adopted? What assumptions are made? What limitations are there?
  • Feature geometry: Why features are defined in a certain way.
  • Mesh: What elements are used and why?. Limitations, alternatives, connectivity issues, orientations, end releases.
  • Geometric attributes: How they have been calculated and why. Use of eccentricities.
  • Material attributes: Pre-defined and user-defined options.
  • Support attributes: Fixed supports, spring supports and lift-off supports.
  • Loading attributes: Gravity, concentrated loads, distributed loads and patch loads..
  • Checking: Steps to take, loadcase, reactions, deformed shape, magnitude of deformations, warnings, mesh refinement.
  • Example results: How were they obtained?
  • Conclusions: Any refinements or adjustments which might be made.


Course Dates

Course name Dates No of sessions Time of each session Course cost Booking
LUSAS Introductory Course 1, 8, 15, 22 February 2024 4 14:00 - 16:00 GMT 150 GBP Completed
LUSAS Introductory Course 5, 12, 19, 26 September 2024 4 14:00 - 16:00 GMT 150 GBP

Bookings and payments

  • To book and pay for a single place on a course click the 'Book now' button. If multiple bookings of staff from the same organisation are required with payment to be made via a single invoice, please contact the training course administrator at

  • Course costs include handouts and are quoted in local currencies and are exclusive of any local government taxes (if applicable). 

  • Please note that when paying by credit card the amount charged in your currency may differ according to exchange rates and credit card fees incurred, which are beyond our control.

  • For cancellations to attend a training course that are received in writing at least 1 day prior to the first session taking place, the course cost will be refunded.

  • LUSAS reserves the right to reject bookings and to cancel or re-schedule courses or individual sessions in the unlikely event of this being required.

On successful completion of the course, and with subsequent experience, delegates should be able to successfully tackle most types of linear static structural analyses that are encountered in mainstream structural and bridge engineering.

Online training information

Sessions presented using Session length After session offline self-study required Training certificates
GoToWebinar 90 to 120 minutes 45 to 60 minutes Issued on successful completion 


  • Training sessions are provided using the GoToWebinar web conferencing facility. You can join each training session up to 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. They will start promptly.

  • Training sessions are a mix of PowerPoint presentation and live demonstration of LUSAS.

  • Delegates do not undertake any hands-on examples during each session, but examples that cover the concepts introduced are provided for download and use by delegates after each session. These examples will take between 45 and 60 minutes of offline self-study to complete. Email support is available from the lecturer to assist with these examples if needed.

  • Session presentations can be downloaded from a training course event page and printed off if required.

  • Delegates are able to ask the lecturer questions during the training session via the chat tool or afterwards via email.

  • Sessions are recorded and links to recordings will be provided to delegates to allow viewing if a session is missed.

  • Training certificates are provided to those who successfully complete the series of worked examples and pass the quiz set after each session.

  • Registration for Session 1 is a requirement to attend all subsequent sessions.

LUSAS software version

LUSAS version 21 will be used to present this course. For delegates without access to a licence that supports this version, a temporary licence will be provided. 

Accessing LUSAS 

Individuals who wish to attend the training who do not have access to the required version of the software may request a temporary training licence from LUSAS to allow the running of the software on their personal computers. After booking your place on the course, please contact to request a licence stating your name and details as asked for on the booking form.

Downloading LUSAS

LUSAS may be downloaded either as an ISO file, or as a small startup executable. Use whichever is better or works for you. 

Options for downloading LUSAS Version 21
ISO file


Web installer
Download a single disk image file containing all installation components. 

Select this option for offline installation on one or more PCs.

Download a small setup executable which allows you to choose those components that you wish to download and install. 

Select this option for online installation on a single PC.

Please contact if you have any questions relating to the licence key sent to you.

Typical Course Content

Session 1 - Getting started with LUSAS

System Overview and basic model building skills and results processing. 

  • A simple beam example is used to demonstrate the interface.

  • Presentation example: Steel roof truss or Concrete arch bridge structure.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.

Session 2 – Understand more about LUSAS

Having gained basic knowledge of the system this session will provide details on more additional system tools to allow quicker and more efficient model building and post processing.

  • Concepts of mesh refinement considered as part of the worked example. 

  • A simple slab example is used to explore the available functionality.

  • Presentation example: Skewed flat slab with static / moving vehicle loading.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.

Session 3 – Creating mixed element models

The focus of this session is understanding the different element types and how they are used, including mixed element models. Mesh refinement, suitable bridge modelling idealisation, influence analysis and the use of the vehicle load optimisation facility to generate load patterns in LUSAS is covered.

  • Vehicle load optimisation on a flat slab

  • Learn more about finite elements and how to create mixed element models.

  • Additional post processing to understand how to get composite moments from combined sections.

  • Presentation example: Pseudo 3D model of building floor / Pseudo 3D model of composite bridge deck.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.

Session 4 – Creating 3D shell models and considering linear buckling

Learn how to efficiently create 3D shell models for linear analysis. 

  • Progress from linear static analysis to consider linear buckling.

  • Full 3D shell model is used to consolidate knowledge of the interface and show the eigenvalue functions.

  • Presentation example:  Simple plate girder with linear buckling.

  • Homework example to be completed by delegates and online quiz to complete the session.

Some delegate feedback from LUSAS scheduled training courses:

  • “This class was excellent and one of the best training courses that I have taken." (Tim E.)

  • “Very good demonstrations/teachers with a good variety of hands-on examples.” (Douglas R.)

  • "The instructor was phenomenal! Engaged, energetic, helpful and friendly! Could not have asked for a better one." (Joe K.)

LUSAS Training Courses - dates and lInks to course details

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