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Seismic Analysis of Building Structures

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

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    Purpose & Background

    This course will familiarize practitioners with the four seismic analysis methods in ASCE 7: Equivalent Lateral Force (ELF), Modal Response Spectrum (MRS), Linear Response History (LRH), and Nonlinear Response History Analysis (NRHA). In addition, the process to generate floor response spectra to determine the accelerations and required attachment forces for nonstructural components and systems will be presented.


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

    Course Benefits

    • Understand the theoretical basis and the appropriate methodology for implementing three primary seismic analysis methods needed to determine the seismic force and deformation demands in ASCE 7 for building structures and nonbuilding structures.  
    • Understand determination of force and deformation demands on nonstructural components in terms of floor spectra which can be easily developed from linear response history analysis. 
    • Enhance structural analysis skills for engineers who design structures for seismic loads.
    • Apply equivalent static and linear dynamic analysis methods for determination of seismic demands.  

    Learning Outcomes

    • Describe the analysis process and requirements for the Equivalent Lateral Force, the Modal Response Spectrum, Linear Response History, and Nonlinear Response History Analysis methods.
    • Determine which analysis methods are permitted for seismic analysis in accordance with ASCE 7 for a given structure based on the structure characteristics and seismic hazard.
    • Apply the Equivalent Lateral Force method of analysis to determine seismic demands on building structures as a final design or as a preliminary design for more rigorous analysis methods.
    • Describe the similarities and differences in Modal Response Spectrum Analysis and Linear Response History Analysis and explain how these methods can be formulated into a “unified” seismic analysis methodology.
    • Perform unified linear dynamic seismic analysis of structures using either the Modal Response Spectrum or Linear Response History Analysis method to determine seismic force and displacement demands in structures.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Practicing Engineers with a basic background in seismic design looking to further develop their skills in the three linear seismic analysis methods in ASCE 7.  

    Course Outline


    2.4 CEUs / 24 PDHs


    Rate: Member $1545 | Non-Member $1895