Seismic Design: Past, Present and Future

Course Number: BD-2033
Credit: 2 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Farah Labib Eldib, S.E., M.Sc.
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Overview

In Seismic Design: Past, Present and Future, you'll learn ...

  • The background and progression of structural seismic concepts
  • The relative merits of the eight basic steel-frame designs that have been used in multi-story buildings
  • The evolution of concrete building frameworks
  • The use of building configurations and contemporary high-performance seismic mechanisms for energy dissipation

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Design of any building is a challenge for architects and engineers, and the challenge is made more complex when there is a need to provide for earthquake resistance.

During the past 100 years, seismic design philosophy and details have progressed from simply considering earthquakes to be the same as wind loads, to a sophisticated understanding of the phenomenon of the earthshaking that induces a building response.

This course covers the 100-year history of seismic structural systems, ranging from simple to sophisticated solutions. Basic structural behavior is outlined; guidance for selecting a good structural system is suggested, and relevant seismic issues are explored.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • A summary of 100 years of structural seismic design
  • Current and historical structural seismic systems, ranging from pre-1906 San Francisco earthquake to present day
  • Three main factors that have impacted the progression of seismic systems selected by structural engineers
  • The many variables that make it difficult to select an appropriate seismic system
  • Why the simple building code approach to seismic design is often inadequate
  • Why lateral drift that is too large or too small results in seismic performance issues
  • “Pushover” performance comparisons of six different structural systems for a 4-story building
  • Why energy dissipation is an important factor in a building’s overall seismic performance
  • Energy dissipating concepts developed in 1976 at the New Zealand National Laboratory
  • Seismic performance characteristics, including non-linear drift, energy dissipation and cyclic behavior, for twenty different structural systems
  • Why building configuration is frequently the governing factor in the ultimate seismic behavior of a particular structure

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 10 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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