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Earthquake Engineering for Structures

  • certificateThis course is part of the Structural Earthquake Engineering for Buildings Certificate Program

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    Course Dates: January 25 – April 16, 2021     Register Now

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    Finley A. Charney, Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE F.SEI and  Justin D. Marshall, Ph.D., P.E., M.ASCE

    Purpose and Background

    This course introduces the fundamental concepts of earthquake engineering, and provides the foundation for understanding the analysis and design requirements in ASCE 7. Covered in the course are seismic hazard analysis, structural dynamics, development of response spectra, inelastic behavior of structures, seismic resistant structural systems, and seismic load analysis.

    Course Benefits

    • Gain insights into the underlying principles of structural earthquake engineering, including: seismic hazards analysis, structural dynamics, and inelastic behavior.
    • Learn how the effects of ground shaking are quantified, and how the effects of shaking can be mitigated.
    • Understand the process under which the Seismic Loading requirements of ASCE 7 are developed.
    • Learn how configuration irregularities, excessive torsional response, and lack of redundancy can have severe consequences on the seismic performance of building structures.
    • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of a variety of seismic resistant structural systems, and how the materials specifications (such as ACI 318 and AISC-341) work together with ASCE 7 to provide safe and resilient structures.
    • Learn the requirements, limitations, advantages, and disadvantages of the various analysis methods typically used in seismic design of structures.

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

    • Describe the primary motivating factor used in earthquake design
    • Match the scientific principles of earthquake engineering and how they relate to dynamic effects, quantification of ground motions, inclusion of inelastic effects, and prediction of response using structural analysis. 
    • Apply lessons learned from previous earthquakes to development of good practices in building codes and building construction.
    • Use the USGS Ground Motion Tool to obtain ground shaking parameters. Quantify the effects of ground shaking and mitigate the ground shaking hazards that result from earthquakes.
    • Discuss how geological processes generate earthquakes, and investigate the best ways to mitigate the various hazards that results from earthquakes. 
    • Match a building made of different materials to the damping they would likely exhibit.
    • Recall concepts of resonance, frequency/period of vibration, and damping, procedures used to estimate the expected intensity of ground shaking at a given site, and why inelastic response is necessary in seismic design, and how building codes use the “equal displacement concept” to accommodate inelastic behavior without the need for advanced nonlinear analysis procedures.
    • Identify the advantages and disadvantages of the various structural systems that are allowed in seismic design and methods of structural analysis that are provided by ASCE 7.
    • Recognize ways in which configuration irregularities, excessive torsional response, and lack of redundancy can have severe consequences on the seismic performance of building structures.
    • Apply accumulated knowledge of the course on a real life design case study 

    Who Should Attend?

    • Practicing Engineers
    • Building Code Officials
    • Architects and Developers

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Rate: Member $1545 | Non-Member $1895

  • Course Details

    Course Duration: 12 weeks
    Expected sitting time per week: Up to 3 hours
    Total video lecture content: 18 hours
    Total interactive exercises: 3 hours
    CEUs: 2.4

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  • Benefits of the Guided Online Course

    • Highly interactive
    • Instructor-led programs
    • Video lectures
    • Weekly discussion board topics
    • Interactive exercises and case studies
    • Modules to complete weekly, at the time and pace that is most convenient for you
    • Mobile-friendly