GTSTRUDL Training Agenda may vary, depending on customer needs.

Special 3-4-5 day training courses can be organized at customer's site. Please submit your training requests to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The basic following topics can be covered, together with customer's special requests.


Overview of Commands, GTMENU and Static Analysis

  • Overview of the system facilities: Functional areas. Procedures and options. Commands and menus. Graphical environments.
  • Structural Modeling: Constructing, editing and checking the structural model using GTMenu. Database and input file. Automatic model generation. Generation of loading conditions. Display operations. View management and annotation. Animation. Configuration of options. Display of analysis and design procedures results. Data base management. Finite element types.
  • Modeling Fundamentals: Definition of Geometry. Cartesian, cylindrical and spherical reference system. Global and local Reference systems. Individual and group specification. Definition of connectivity. Member and element incidences. Individual and group specification. The boundary conditions. Direct and generalized joint constraints. Mechanical and geometrical element parameters. The loading definition. Independent and dependent loadings. Classes of component loads. Automatic generation. Other miscellaneous data. Visualization of data.
  • Linear Static Analysis: The STIFFNESS ANALYSIS procedure. Digital and graphical display of results. Obtaining section results and gross results. Specific finite element results. Obtaining of diagrams, envelopes and contour plots. Automatic detection of structural singularities.
  • Workshop: Participants are guided to solve
    • Exercise #1 “Linear Analysis of a Plate Frame Using the Model Wizard”,
    • Exercise #2 “Linear Analysis of a Plane Truss using the Graphical Interface” and
    • Exercise #3 “Generating Finite Elements using the Graphical Interface”


Finite Element Analysis

  • Finite Element Modeling: Generation 2-D and 3-D finite element meshes. Membrane, plate bending, plate, axi-symmetric and solid element types. Applicability.
  • Finite element results. Getting stresses along a cut. Surface contour visualization for displacements, strains and stresses. Convergence considerations.
  • Workshop: Participants are guided to solve simple to medium size finite element analysis problems.


Advanced Analysis (Dynamics)

  • Dynamic Analysis Modeling: Defining dynamic parameters. Mass representation. Lumped and Consistent Mass. Generating Mass from Loads.
  • Damping representation. Modal damping and proportional damping. Nodal damping. Determination of mass participation factors. Animation of the mode shapes.
  • Gupta Method.
  • Dynamic Forced Vibration Analysis: Dynamic response in the time domain via direct integration of the equations of motion and via superposition techniques: the TRANSIENT procedure. The SPECTRAL RESPONSE procedure for seismic analysis. Combination of static and dynamic results. Visualization of time-history response.
  • Workshop: Participants will be presented dynamic analysis problems to solve.


NonLinear Analysis

  • Overview of non-linear analysis: Consideration of member non-linearities and boundary condition non-linearities. The NONLINEAR ANALYSIS command.
  • Tension only and compression only elements.
  • Gap Elements.
  • NonLinear springs.
  • Staged/Sequential construction.
  • The cable element. Non linear analysis for cable structures.
  • Non linear dynamic analysis. Examples.
  • Workshop: Participants will be presented non-linear analysis problems to solve.


Design and CAD Modeler

  • CAD Modeler: Creating models fast and easy using CAD functions. Generating Joints, Members, Finite Elements. Meshing functions. Checking the model for modelling mistakes. Generating Loads and combining them. Representation of the results.
  • Steel Design: Design parameters and member constraints. The CHECK command for structural verification. The SELECT command for automatic dimensioning. Smoothing the design. The SUMMARIZE command. Steel takeoff. The generation and management of steel profile tables using the GTTABLE system. Examples.
  • Overview of Reinforced Concrete Design: Reinforced Concrete Design general commands. Proportioning reinforced concrete members. P-Delta analysis. Quantity takeoff. Examples.