School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Seismic Resistant Design

  • Introduction to Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 16 - Friday 20 April 2018
  • Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 16 - Friday 27 April 2018

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 with modern construction codes and practices.

The course introduces you to seismicity and to the dynamics relevant to the design of buildings. You'll also learn how to design and detail structures to resist earthquake forces, and how to perform ground response analyses to predict ground surface motions for development of design response spectra. You'll also learn about structural systems for, and structural modelling of, high-rise buildings.

The course develops skills in problem solving, with special emphasis on the design of earthquake resistant high-rise buildings, and the ability to choose efficient structural systems and structural layouts. You'll 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.

Objectives and Outline

Seismic Resistant Design

Course Objectives

The course provides opportunities for you to:

  • extend your knowledge in the design of advanced engineering structures
  • assess seismic loadings
  • determine the site specific design response spectra
  • perform the preliminary sizing of members
  • idealise structures and perform computer analysis
  • verify the results of a computer analysis
  • detail seismic resistant structures
  • present design documentation
  • appreciate the interaction of design with finance
  • appreciate the interaction of design and its interaction with construction

Course Outline

Lectures, project based learning, example classes, and design exercises are used to cover the following areas:

  1. Introduction to earthquake engineering.
  2. Case studies of previous earthquakes.
  3. Seismicity.
  4. Introduction to structural dynamics.
  5. Principles of earthquake resistant design.
  6. Introduction to Eurocode 8 and earthquake loadings.
  7. Quasi static load approach.
  8. Response spectrum methods.
  9. Response history analysis.
  10. Serviceability and ultimate limit states for structures in seismic regions.
  11. Soil characterisation for seismic design.
  12. Liquefaction and response of granular materials to dynamic forces.
  13. Amplification of ground motions and response of cohesive materials to dynamic forces.
  14. Ground response analysis.
  15. Soil structure interaction.
  16. Introduction to high-rise building design.
  17. Financial considerations for high-rise buildings.
  18. Influence of other consultants on the design process.
  19. Structural systems for high-rise buildings.
  20. Structural engineering software.
  21. Computer modelling of high-rise buildings and presentation of results.
  22. Design and detailing of seismic resistant members and connections for reinforced concrete and steel structures.
  23. Tsunami.
  • Introduction to Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 16 - Friday 20 April 2018
  • Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 16 - Friday 27 April 2018

Further Information

Seismic Resistant Design

Academic Module Outline

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. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Presenters

Seismic Resistant Design

Presenters

School of Civil Engineering and Geosciences

Fees

Seismic Resistant Design

Fees

  • Introduction to Seismic Resistant Design
    • £1325
  • Seismic Resistant Design
    • £2235

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, 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).