Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Seismic Resistant Design

Tackling the challenging area of designing structures to resist the seismic loads generated by earthquakes.

Designing structures to resist seismic loads is probably the most challenging area of structural engineering.

The magnitude of the forces generated by an earthquake the largest that the building is likely to experience. Earthquakes are destructive, unpredictable, and difficult to characterise.

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 learn how to:

  • design and detail structures to resist earthquake forces
  • 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
  • the ability to choose efficient structural systems and structural layouts

We'll show you how to

  • design sophisticated structural systems such as those used in high-rise construction
  • 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.

This course is also delivered on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes in the School of Engineering, and you will attend alongside full and part time registered students.

Course dates
  • Introduction to Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 18 - Friday 22 March 2019 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed
  • Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 18 - Friday 29 March 2019 (duration 9 days): dates not confirmed

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 site specific design response spectra
  • perform 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

We use lectures, project based learning, example classes, and design exercises to cover:

  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.
Course dates
  • Introduction to Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 18 - Friday 22 March 2019 (duration 5 days): dates not confirmed
  • Seismic Resistant Design
    • Monday 18 - Friday 29 March 2019 (duration 9 days): dates not confirmed

Further Information

Seismic Resistant Design

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8308) on at least one of the Faculty'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.

Course Materials

During the course, you will be able to access course materials electronically using the University Wifi. We suggest that you bring a laptop or tablet with PDF viewer if you wish to refer to the notes during the course. Please ensure that you make sure your electronic device is fully charged, as access to charging points may be limited within the lecture rooms.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.


Seismic Resistant Design


Newcastle University


Seismic Resistant Design


  • Introduction to Seismic Resistant Design
    • £1325 (duration 5 days)
  • Seismic Resistant Design
    • £2235 (duration 9 days)

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.