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Seismic Design: Past

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Course description

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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


Credit: 2 PDH

Length: 49 pages

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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.

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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.

Training content

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


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