Night School 34: Basic Steel Design: A review of the principles of steel design according to ANSI/AISC 360-22

presented by: Louis F. Geschwindner, P.E., Ph.D

This course will consist of eight, 1.5 hour sessions and is intended as an introduction and review of the basic principles of structural steel design. It is best suited for those who have not designed in structural steel for some time or those who feel a basic review will improve their overall capabilities. 

Session 1 will include an introduction to structural safety and the principles of LRFD and ASD design, loads and load combinations, the AISC Specification and structural analysis. Session 2 will address tension member design. Sessions 3 will treat compression members. Session 4 will address bending members and session 5 will consider combined axial forces and bending. Session 6 will treat stability analysis and design principles and second-order analysis. Session 7 will address the effective length method and the direct analysis method. Session 8 will discuss composite beam design.

All completed examples will be presented in both ASD and LRFD in the handout material although the presentation may only discuss one or the other approach. Quizzes will be available for each session and all participants are highly encouraged to participate.  However, registrants who watch the recordings in lieu of the live broadcasts are required take/pass the quizzes for PDH credit.

The AISC Manual of Steel Construction, 16th edition is a highly recommended text for this class. The presentation will make reference to specific sections of the Specification, examples will use data taken from the manual, and the use of design tables will be illustrated. The author's textbook Unified Design of Steel Structures, fourth edition, 2023, written with co­ authors Judy Liu and Charles Carter, will form the basis of this course and may be a useful resource for building on the course and finding additional examples but is not required. The book is a print on demand book or Kindle edition available through

Recording access! Night School courses allow both group and individual registration options access to the live broadcasts and the recordings! Earning PDH credit for viewing a recorded session requires passing a quiz. Access to all recordings and quizzes ends on June 28, 2024. 

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

Substitution and Cancellations:  Substitutions may be made at any time. Cancellations received 1-3 days prior to the webinar will be charged a $50 service charge. Cancellations and no shows the day of the webinar session will not receive a refund.

Connection Instructions:  Click on "Webinar Access" in the course navigation.  The webinar can be accessed on that page 15 minutes prior to start time.  Handouts may be downloaded on that page 24 hours in advance of the webinar.

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

Course Schedule 

You have until Course Completion Day -- one month after the last live session, June 28, 2024 -- to access the materials and earn recorded PDHs.

Live broadcast for all sessions 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Central
April 9, 2024        Session 1: Introduction to Basic Steel Design
April 16, 2024 Session 2: Design of Tension Members
April 23, 2024 Session 3: Compression Members
April 30, 2024 Session 4: Design of Beams
May 7, 2024 Session 5: Compression Plus Bending
May 14, 2024 Session 6: Stability Analysis and Design, Part I
May 21, 2024 Session 7: Stability Analysis and Design, Part II
May 28, 2024 Session 8: Design of Composite Flexural Members

Louis F. Geschwindner, PE, Ph.D, is a former Vice President of Engineering and Research at AISC, Professor Emeritus of Architectural Engineering at Penn State University, and Senior Consultant at Providence Engineering Corporation. He received his Bachelor's degree in building science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and both his Master of Science in architectural engineering and his PhD in civil engineering from Penn State. He is a Registered Professional Engineer and taught at Penn State for more than 40 years. Professor Geschwindner is a past chairman of the Committee on Design of Steel Building Structures of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers (SEI/ASCE) and is a member of the AISC Committee on Specifications, chairing its Member Design technical committee. Dr. Geschwindner has been an author and presenter in many of the American Institute of Steel Construction lecture series.