2023-2024 / GCIV0608-1

Introduction to Structures engineering


12h Pr, 12h Th, 4d FW, 40h Proj.

Number of credits

 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Architectural Engineering5 crédits 
 Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Engineering5 crédits 


Jean-François Demonceau, Vincent Denoël, Jean-Marc Franssen

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The aim of this course is to present the fundamental principles of statics and structural mechanics as they are used by civil engineers and by architect engineers.
The main topics of the course are: description of typical construction elements with the way they work, identification of statically determinate structures, to establish the shape of effects of actions (M, N, V) in a simple structure, principles of bracings and wind bracings, load transfer.
The students will apply these concept in the conceptual design, the design and the realisation of a timber structure that has to meet a given objective.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of the course, the student will be able to do the conceptual design of a simple structure, to determine effects of actions in the structure, to ensure its global stability, while taking into account a reasonable utilisation of available ressources.

He will be able to write a technical report that describes his hypotheses, his calculations and the obtained results, including drawings for execution.

He will be able to work in a team, as well for conceptual design, as design or practical realisation. 

The complete list of the KLO for this course is defined in the matrix available at the following address: https://www.programmes.uliege.be/cocoon/20182019/formations/descr/A2UCON01.html 

This course contributes to the learning outcomes I.2, II.1, III.1, III.2, IV.1, V.1, V.2, VI.2, VII.2 of the BSc in engineering.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


MECA0001-1 Mechanic of materials



Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Part of the course is thought ex cathedra by the professors.

Practical exercises will by made by ou with the assistant.

Homeworks with practical exercises will be delivered.

Announced tests will be organised. 

The students will work in small groups on the project, with the help of professors and assistants. each group will present his project in a written report that contains the drawings for execution.

The project will then be constructed full scale.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face to face course

It is mandatory to attend the course, the exercises as well as the practical realisation of the project.

A student who has not participated in these activities, who has not submitted the homeworks and / or who has not submitted the expected report within the prescribed deadlines or in the prescribed forms will receive a mark "A" (except if a specific justification is provided and accepted by the professors which will analyse the justificiation with equity).

This course is organised in the first quadrimester (Tuesday PM).

The design of the structure will require some additional time out of the class hours. 

The practical realisation of the project will take place on January 25 & 26, 2024 at the "WEX" of Marche-en-Famenne.

Recommended or required readings

Written work / report

Out-of-session test(s)

Other : Practical realisation of the project

Additional information:

The final mark will be formed on the basis of:

- a first mark out of 20 for the results of the tests for the year (carried out with closed book);

- a second mark out of 20 for the results of the written report evaluation.


The final score is obtained by the cubic root of the product of the square of the first note by the second.

In the second session, the same rules persist; a written exam covering the same topics as those of the tests will be organized. Those who would have obtained a score of less than 10/20 for the written report will have the opportunity to submit a new report. The others could be partially exempted.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

This course is given on Tuesday PM during the first quadrimester.

The realisation of the project will occur on January 25-26, 2024 in Marche-en-Famenne.


J.-F. DEMONCEAU, tel. 04-366.93.58 jfdemonceau@uliege.be 
V. DENOEL, tel. 04-366.29.30 v.denoel@uliege.be
J.-M. FRANSSEN, tel. : 04-366.92.65

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Bases of design 2022
Bases to verify the resistance of bars.

Classification of structures
How to recognise a statically determinate structure

2D statically determinate trusses

Definitions and rules to draw MNV diagrams

Textbook of the course on timber construction
Can be usefull for the project to be realised within this course

How to chech the ULS "EQU"