Continuing Education

Fundamentals of Connection Design

4-Part Webinar Series

This 4-part webinar series will provide foundational instruction in the analysis and design of connections.  The first two sessions will discuss critical bolt and weld limit states, and dive right into practical design examples.  The third and fourth sessions will consist of a comprehensive exploration of shear connections.  A variety of connection types will be considered, as will a number of issues that are often overlooked.  Taken together, this 4-part series will provide the essential information to proceed with confidence on your next connection design.

Bundle Discount Offer!!!  Purchase both this course, and Night School:  Welded Connections -- A Primer for Engineers this fall!  A registrant may purchase a package registration for both courses, and receive $150 off!  To receive the discount, simply register for both courses -- the discount will appear on the order for the second course being purchased.

  • Date: 10/23/2019 to 11/13/2019
  • Duration: 1.5 hours per session
  • Location: Live Webinar Series
  • PDH Credits: 1.5 PDH per Session (Up to 6.0 PDH)
  • Registration Deadline: 10/23/2019 10:00 a.m.
  • Connection Instructions: Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email containing your receipt, a link to access the webinar, dial-in audio instructions, and a link to a PDF handout of slides.


Session 1: Fundamental Concepts, Part 1

Brad Davis

This session will provide an overview of basic connection types including tension, compression, framing, and moment connections. How to classify beam-to-column connections will be discussed, followed by a review of limit states in the load path. Bolt-related limit states and detailing will be reviewed, including discussions on different types of bolts, bolt installation, bolt shear strength, and combined shear plus tension strength. Fillet weld-related limit states will also be discussed.

Session 2: Fundamental Concepts, Part 2

Brad Davis

This session will discuss eccentric bolted and welded connections, directly-loaded tension connections, block shear, the Whitmore Section, and light bracing connections. Beam bearing and column base plate design will be discussed.  Design examples will be presented to demonstrate concepts.

Session 3: Shear Connections, Part 1

Brad Davis

This session will provide an overview of a variety of shear connection types, addressing the advantages and disadvantages of each. The limit states for block shear and flexural strength in coped beams will be presented. Shear end-plate and double angle connection designs will also be discussed. Design examples will be presented to demonstrate the concepts.

Session 4: Shear Connections, Part 2

Brad Davis

This session will cover single-plate shear connection design, including both conventional and extended single-plate connections. The differences between the two will be contrasted in design examples. The design of single angle connections, stiffened and unstiffened seated connections will also be discussed. The presentation of stiffened seated connections will offer a discussion on a simplified approach.

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Brad Davis

Brad Davis

Brad Davis is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY.


Price Info

Individual Live Sessions

$185  Member
$285  Non-member
$155  Student/Faculty
$155  Government Employee

Prices are per webinar.  Registration includes certificates for an unlimited number of people at one connection site.

4-Session Package

$250  Member
$450  Non-member
$200 Student/Faculty
$250 Government Employee

Prices include all 4 webinars.  Registration includes a certificate for the registrant only.

*A bundle discount is available for this registration option!  Register for both this webinar series and an 8-session package of Night School:  Welded Connections -- A Primer for Engineers, and receive $150 off!  The discount will appear on the order for the second course purchased!  (You need to register for each course separately to receive the discount.)