Seismic Design Part 2: Seismic Design for Buildings


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Course Number: V15E



Seismic Design Part 2 covers the basic design process for seismic loads in ASCE 7 – Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. The course will cover the required knowledge to understand the seismic design process which includes:

In addition to this material which will be covered in depth, resources outside of ASCE 7 will be highlighted which cover the component design and ductile detailing requirements of specific materials (i.e. Structural Steel, Reinforced Concrete, Timber …). Other seismic design resources freely available through FEMA and NEHRP will also be mentioned.

Course Objectives

  1. Understand how to calculate the equivalent static loads to design structures for earthquakes.
  2. Know how to select a seismic force resisting system based on the seismic hazard, building configuration and seismic performance factors (R, Wo, Cd).
  3. Understand the basic design process for seismic loads including component strength, drift limits, capacity design of critical elements in the load path and ductile detailing.
  4. Be aware of other specifications required for design and additional resources available for learning more about seismic design.

Course Instructor:
Dr. Justin D. Marshall

Course Length: 2 Hours, ( 0. 2CEUs or 2PDHs or 2CPCs )

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