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Whether you need a basic introduction to engineering statics, a refresher on bending moment diagrams, some hand analysis techniques to tackle indeterminate structures or you want to leverage Python programming in your engineering analysis…

…a DegreeTutors membership will give you access to all of the tutorial content and direct support you need.  

DegreeTutors courses are structured into Learning Pathways that let you build knowledge and skills as you progress. Work through a learning pathway that takes you from fundamental static analysis all the way to building your own structural analysis algorithms in Python.

Or, if you need to build a specific skill, jump straight into the relevant course for more targeted learning.

I’ve built all DegreeTutors courses around worked examples and ‘Test Yourself’ questions. So you can ‘learn by doing’ rather than passively letting video after video wash over you! My courses emphasise the things I know most people new to a topic struggle with!

As a member you have priority access to Q&A support.  

I’ll be on hand to answer your questions and help guide you towards your end goal! When studying a new topic, sometimes all it takes is a quick discussion to get past a mental barrier before everything starts to click. As a member, that discussion is just a few clicks away.

The course library is growing all the time. I’m always keen to hear from members about what courses they want to see next. Take a look at the current course library below or browse the complete lecture index here.

So, with all that said, I hope to welcome you as a new DegreeTutors member and see you on the inside.

Dr Seán Carroll CEng

Dr Seán Carroll CEng

Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering and Lead Tutor for DegreeTutors.com

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Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Get to grips with civil engineering structural analysis once and for all.

After completing this course…
  • You will understand key concepts such as the moment of a force, static equilibrium and determinacy.
  • You will be able to determine the support reactions for structures subject to a range of loading conditions.
  • You will learn to use the Joint Resolution Method and Method of Sections to analyse pin-jointed truss structures.

Mastering Shear Force and Bending Moment Diagrams

Your complete roadmap to mastering these essential structural analysis skills.

After completing this course…

  • You will be fully competent in drawing shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate beams and frames.
  • You will have a robust system of analysis that allows you to confidently tackle the analysis of any statically determinate structure.
  • You will understand the relationship between external loading and the shear forces and bending moments they induce.

Shear Forces & Bending Moments: Analysis Bootcamp

Sharpen your civil engineering analysis skills with  questions designed to test your understanding.

After completing this course…
  • You will have a reliable procedure for correctly determining shear force and bending moment diagrams for statically determinate structures.
  • You will be comfortable analysing both 1-dimensional beam and 2-dimensional frame structures.
  • You will be able to utilise pre-existing pin-joints in structures to facilitate your analysis.

Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method

Unlock indeterminate structures using the moment distribution structural analysis method.

After completing this course…
  • You will have a deep understanding of how structures respond to loading.
  • You will clearly understand the methods used to analyse statically indeterminate beams and frames.
  • You will be able to analyse both non-sway and sway frames – essential when designing real world structures.

Moment Distribution Method: Analysis Bootcamp

Step up your structural analysis skills by working your way through these indeterminate structures.

After completing this course…
  • You will have an even deeper understanding of how structures respond to loading.
  • You will be comfortable determining shear force, bending moment and deflected shape diagrams.
  • You will be able to analyse both non-sway and sway frames – essential when designing real world structures.

Fundamentals of Virtual Work for Civil Engineers

Level up your structural analysis skillset with these powerful Civil Engineering analysis techniques.

After completing this course…
  • You will have a complete understanding of how concepts such as work, energy and elasticity combine to give us the Principle of Virtual Work.
  • You will be able to use Virtual Work to calculate unknown nodal displacements in pin-jointed truss structures.
  • You will be able to use Virtual Work to calculate internal forces in pin-jointed truss structures.

Mastering Virtual Work for Civil Engineering

Analyse complex beam and frame civil engineering structures using Virtual Work.

After completing this course…
  • You will have a complete understanding of the Principle of Virtual Work and how it can be applied to bending behaviour.
  • You will have robust, repeatable strategies to apply Virtual Work to beam and frame structures in bending.
  • You will be able to use Virtual Work techniques to calculate unknown displacements in beams and frames.

Analysing Hybrid Indeterminate Civil Engineering Structures

Powerful techniques for analysing realistic civil engineering structures.

After completing this course…
  • You will learn how to analysis complex and indeterminate structures using hand-analysis techniques.
  • You will learn how to calculate deflections, member forces and bending moments in indeterminate structures.
  • You will learn how the Principle of Superposition can be used to decipher and unlock the behaviour of complex structures.

Fundamentals of Engineering Structural Dynamics with Python

Leverage fundamental structural dynamics to build your own flexible numerical solutions in Python.

After completing this course…
  • You’ll understand how to model dynamic behaviour using spring-mass-damper models and how to simulate free vibration behaviour.
  • You’ll be able to model the influence of harmonic loading and how to characterise the transient and steady-state responses.
  • You’ll be able to use Python to implement the Piecewise Exact Method to model any form of general dynamic loading.

The Direct Stiffness Method for Truss Analysis with Python

Build your own finite element truss analysis software using Python and tackle large scale structures.
After completing this course…
  • You’ll understand how to use the Direct Stiffness Method to build complete structural models that can be solved using Python.
  • You’ll have your own analysis programme to identify displacements, reactions and internal member forces for any truss.
  • You’ll understand how common models of elastic behaviour such as plane stress and plane strain apply to real-world structures.

Beam & Frame Analysis using the Direct Stiffness Method in Python

Build a sophisticated structural analysis software tool that models beams and frames using Python.
After completing this course…
  • You’ll understand how to model beam elements that resist axial force, shear forces and bending moments within the Direct Stiffness Method.
  • You’ll have your own analysis software that can generate shear force diagrams, bending moment diagrams, deflected shapes and more.
  • You’ll understand how to model rotational pins within your structures, inter-nodal distributed loading and realistic flexible supports.

3D Space Frame Analysis using Python and Blender

Develop tools to model and analyse complex 3D space frame structures using Python.

After completing this course…
  • You’ll understand how to apply the Direct Stiffness Method to solve 3D space frame structures.
  • You’ll have your own analysis programme to identify displacements, reactions and internal member forces for any 3D space frame.
  • You’ll be able to use Blender, a powerful open source 3D modelling software to build, visualise and export your structural models.

Your Tutor

Hi, I’m Seán, the founder and lead tutor at DegreeTutors.com. I’m also a senior lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Exeter, a leading UK university. I’m a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. DegreeTutors is designed to support students and construction industry professionals in enhancing their engineering analysis and design capabilities.

Whether you want to sharpen up on the basics of constructing shear and moment diagrams or want to better understand how to analyse complex indeterminate structures (with or without a computer),  by taking courses with me on DegreeTutors you’ll build the knowledge and skills you need.

DegreeTutors courses are designed to help you develop the intuition for structural behaviour that all good engineers need. 

Dr Seán Carroll
B.Eng (Hons), M.Sc, Ph.D, CEng MIEI, FHEA


Student Feedback

Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method

G Pagoulatos

5/5

This is one of the most comprehensive courses I have taken. There are many very helpful courses on Youtube as well as post secondary sources which I have found helpful.

However most-if not all – they lack the art of packaging the “made for dummies” approach with the complexity and full technical weight of a course such as “Analysis of Indeterminate Structures and the MDM”. Sean’s ability to take something very complex and make it simple is unique. His use of sketches, CLEAR manner of speaking, REPETITION and logical development of a course is extraordinary.
I look forward to take more of his courses

February 2020

Indeterminate Structures & The Moment Distribution Method

O P Ogbonna

5/5

The pace at which the lecture is delivered makes it suitable for both students and professionals alike.

April 2020

Fundamentals of Engineering Structural Dynamics with Python

S M Sarvade

5/5

Excellent course for all the professionals to understand the fundamentals before using the sophisticated Structural Analysis tools. As always, Dr Sean is exceptional at clearing the doubts, well before even you have them.

July 2020

Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

B McKoy

5/5

Above expectations, Instructor is amazing and knows the subject matter.

June 2020

The Direct Stiffness Method for Truss Analysis with Python

I Y Aydin

5/5

Dr Sean is an expert on this topic. I’am really so sorry that i have noticed his courses so late! I am civil engineer and master degree student in Computational Mechanics in Germany . And I can really say i would be very happy if i could become his Phd student. 🙂 I’am glad to take this course. Feel free to buy this course because its really worth it.
I hope Dr Sean accept Phd student i would be glad if i become his phd student.

September 2020

Mastering Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams

I Crawford

5/5

Great course. Well worth the effort in completing it. Explained very well, easy to follow and I understand a lot more about the basics than I did in university.

September 2020

Mastering Shear Force & Bending Moment Diagrams

T Thompson

5/5

Sean’s courses are amazingly detailed and he makes a lot of effort to go out of his way to ensure all questions and confusion are addressed thoroughly. Will definitely be buying his other courses!

August 2020

Fundamentals of Structural Analysis

Y Hajjami

4.5/5

I must admit that the first example in the end regarding resultant forces had taken me aback, but in the last example I understood everything and I now feel much more confident in the subject. Really well explained and smoothly laid out, and I don’t feel like I wasted my time but actually filled out a gap I was about to have coming into my first year at Uni.

September 2020

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