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Designing structures to resist seismic loads is probably the most challenging area of structural engineering. Not only is the magnitude of the forces generated by an earthquake the largest that the building is likely to experience, but they are also much more destructive, unpredictable and difficult to characterise. For these reasons earthquakes cause tremendous damage to life and infrastructure even in countries that have modern construction codes and practices. This course introduces delegates to seismicity and to the dynamics that are relevant to the design of buildings. It also teaches delegates how to design and detail structures to resist earthquake forces and how to perform ground response analyses in order to predict ground surface motions for development of design response spectra. Information about structural systems for high-rise buildings and structural modelling of high-rise buildings is also covered.
The course will develop skills in problem solving, with special emphasis on the design of earthquake resistant high-rise buildings, and will develop the ability to choose efficient structural systems and structural layouts. Delegates will be able to design sophisticated structural systems such as those used in high-rise construction, and design buildings to resist extreme loadings such as earthquake loadings.
The first five days may be attended as an independent course, offering an introduction to seismic resistant design. The nine-day course finishes on the Thursday of the second week.
The course provides opportunities for delegates to:
The course will also enable the delegate to become proficient in computer literacy and presentation of computer analysis, teamwork skills, initiative, planning and organisation, and problem solving.
Lectures, project based learning, example classes and design exercises will be used to cover the following areas:
We offer a 30 percent discount on this course to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.
The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.
Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £275.00, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved.
Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8308) on at least one of the School's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. Delegates will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.