Night School 31: Beam Design And Stability

Presented by: Bo Dowswell, Todd Helwig, Ron Ziemian

Our new Night School course is all about beams! We’ll discuss practical considerations, like member selection and construction processes. The design methods for  yielding and serviceability limit states that often govern beam sizes are straightforward, so we’ll review those briefly.

We’ll also tackle more challenging material: designing flexural members for stability limit states. We’ll focus primarily on the lateral-torsional buckling limit state, but we’ll also talk about local and web sidesway buckling as well as the importance of proper end connections and how to design beam stability bracing. 

And of course, we’ll have plenty of design examples to show you common pitfalls along with practical application methods for the equations presented in the course.

Are you already registered as a group and need to add more colleagues? Add to your group registration here.

Course Schedule
Live broadcast for all sessions 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Central
March 14, 2023 Session 1: Limit States and Practical Considerations
March 21, 2023 Session 2: Behavior of Flexural Members
March 28, 2023 Session 3: Design of Flexural Members
April 4, 2023 Session 4: Design of Reinforced Beams
April 25, 2023 Session 5: Beam Bracing
May 2, 2023 Session 6: Designing for Special Conditions Part 1
May 9, 2023 Session 7: Designing for Special Conditions Part 2
May 16, 2023 Session 8: Common Pitfalls and Design Examples

Individual Registration
Register one person. Each registrant has access to the course including the live webinar, recording, and quiz for each session, the final exam, and a certificate.
    • $500 Member
    • $900 Non-Member
    • $250 Student/Faculty
    • Government Agency:  Discounts available.  Contact
Group Registration
Register an unlimited number of people from your company roster. Each registrant has access to the course including the live webinar, recording, and quiz for each session, the final exam, and a certificate. All registrants must participate from their own account to receive credit.
    • $1480 Member
    • $2280 Non-Member
    • Government Agency:  Discounts available.  Contact


Bo Dowswell

Bo Dowswell started in the steel industry in 1985 as a detailer. Since then, he earned B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Auburn University and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. As a professional engineer, his consulting practice focuses on steel structures. He is principal of and ARC International, which specializes in research and consulting. Bo Dowswell is also an adjunct professor at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, where his research and teaching is concentrated on steel connection design. Additionally, he provides consulting services for the AISC Steel Solutions Center.

Todd Helwig

Todd Helwig, Ph.D., P.E. has had a 28-year career teaching and conducting research in the field of structural engineering.  He holds the Jewel McAlister Smith Professorship in Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin.  His primary area of interest is the design and behavior of steel structures with an emphasis in full-scale testing, field monitoring, structural stability, fatigue, and stability bracing requirements. He is a member of several technical committees within the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the AISI/AASHTO T14 Steel Bridge Task Force and Design Advisory Group for Steel Bridges, the AASHTO/National Steel Bridge Alliance Collaboration Committees T11 (Design) and T13 (Analysis) and the Structural Stability Research Council (SSRC).  He is a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications.  He is the past chair of SSRC. He has developed a taught numerous shortcourses on the design and behavior of steel buildings and bridges on behalf of AISC, SSRC, and the National Highway Institute.  His research has been recognized with several awards including the 2022 Richard S. Fountain Award given by AISC/AASHTO/NSBA, the 2022 AISC Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2017 AISC T. R. Higgins Lectureship Award, the AISC Special Achievement Award, the ASCE Collingwood Research Prize, the ASCE Moisseiff Award, and the ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award

Ronald D. Ziemian

Ronald D. Ziemian is a professor at Bucknell University. He received his BSCE, MENG, and PhD degrees from Cornell University, and he is a registered professional engineer. In addition to authoring papers on the design and analysis of steel and aluminum structures, Ron is co-author of the textbook Matrix Structural Analysis (Wiley, 2000), the developer of the educational analysis software MASTAN2, and the editor for the 6th edition of the Guide to Stability Design Criteria for Metal Structures (Wiley, 2010). He is the Co-Editor in Chief of Elsevier’s Journal of Constructional Steel Research. Ron is a member of AISC’s Committee on Specifications, chairs AISC’s TC3 – Loads, Analysis and Stability, and previously chaired AISC's TG on Inelastic Analysis and Design. He also serves on the AISI and Aluminum Association Specification Committees, is active with the Steel Joist Institute, and the former chair of the Structural Stability Research Council. Ron was awarded the ASCE Norman Medal (1994), AISC Special Achievement Award (2006), ASCE Shortridge Hardesty Award (2013), AISC T.R. Higgins Lectureship Award (2019), and the SSRC Lynn S. Beedle Award (2021) for his contributions to the profession related to the stability analysis and design of metal structures.