Seismic Assessment & Retrofitting of Existing RC Structures using SeismoStruct and SeismoBuild

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Online course

60 hours / 6 weeks

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$403 $299

Full licenses for the packages SeismoStruct, SeismoBuild, SeismoArtif and SeismoMatch (3 months)

Introduction

Earthquake engineering has advanced sufficiently in recent years, so as to ensure that well-detailed, newly designed structures usually exhibit adequate strength, stiffness and ductility to withstand severe earthquake ground motion. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the existing building stock has been built many years ago, when engineering expertise was not at today’s level of knowledge, and the safety regulations were less stringent. Consequently, for the structures designed according to older codes the focus had been placed exclusively on the vertical gravity forces, with little or no consideration for the lateral resistance system. Moreover, even if seismic loads have been explicitly considered in the design for relatively modern structures, it is most likely that these structures do no longer meet the constantly updated regulations, since the rapid progress in the field of earthquake engineering during the last two or three decades has radically altered the design philosophy and standards worldwide.

As a result, the vast majority of the building stock exhibits significant deficiencies (reduced resistance to seismic loads, small stiffness or ductility, soft storeys – pilotis) that render them highly vulnerable in seismic events of high intensity, and require structural upgrading and retrofit.

Objectives

The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to the practical aspects of seismic assessment & retrofitting of existing reinforced concrete buildings. Upon completion, the participants will have gained significant knowledge on all the different methods for strengthening a structure that will allow them to logically analyze and understand the available alternative solutions in different strengthening projects. The course will provide significant feedback both:

– On the construction level; all the basic interventions techniques will be presented and different construction aspects will be explained, and

– On the design level; guidelines in the strategy of interventions and the selection of the appropriate interventions’ method will be provided

Within this context many real case studies will be shown, and it will be explained why in each case a specific retrofit scheme was preferred over the other alternatives. Furthermore, with the use of SeismoStruct and SeismoBuild, two software packages specialised in the analysis, assessment and strengthening of existing structures, the students will learn how to carry out the full assessment and strengthening procedures of existing structures, from the structural modelling, through to the analysis and the checks according to the selected Codes (ASCE 41-17, Eurocode 8 Part-3, Italian and others).


The licenses will be temporary (3-months), full, commercial licenses for the packages SeismoStruct, SeismoBuild, SeismoArtif and SeismoMatch.

Limited places.

Contents

Module 1: Seismic Assessment Methodologies
a. Methods of analyses
b. Modelling of RC structures
c. Checks and acceptance criteria

Module 2: Nonlinear Static Pushover Analysis & Nonlinear Dynamic Time-history Analysis
a. Presentation of the methods
b. Advantages and disadvantages

Module 3: Evaluation of Different Seismic Retrofitting Solutions
a. Strengthening techniques
b. Strengthening interventions’ strategy
c. Example of the strengthening of a RC building with different methods
d. Real strengthening projects

Module 4: Introduction to SeismoBuild
a. Main features of the program
b. Modelling and assessment of a 2-storey RC building
c. Checks
d. Creation of the technical report and the CAD drawings

Module 5: Detailed description of SeismoBuild, advanced issues
a. Advanced Issues in the use of SeismoBuild
b. Modelling and assessment of a larger RC building
c. Strengthening of the RC building

Module 6: Introduction to SeismoStruct
a. Main features and modules of the program
b. Assessment of a 2-storey RC Building with SeismoStruct

Module 7: Detailed description of SeismoStruct, advanced issues
a. Advanced Issues in the use of SeismoStruct
b. Convergence Difficulties
c. SeismoStruct Batch facility
d. Creation and use of artificial accelerograms
e. Creation of a simple model with a step by step approach
f. Creation of a complicated model with the Building Modeller

Module 8: Exercises: Modelling, assessment and strengthening of existing buildings

Stelios Antoniou

Stelios Antoniou is a co-founder and the CEO of SEISMOSOFT ltd. (www.seismosoft.com), a company that specialises in the development of state-of-the-art tools for the non-linear analysis, the assessment and strengthening of structures, and the processing of strong-motion data. Simultaneously, he is the Head of the Seismic Repair and Strengthening Section of ALFAKAT S.A. (www.alfakat.gr), a company with significant experience in the design and construction of private and public works, with particular emphasis on strengthening and retrofitting projects against seismic loads.

He is a graduate from the Civil Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.), and holds a PhD in Earthquake Engineering from Imperial College, London. He has several publications in scientific journals, European and World Conferences on various subjects related to Earthquake Engineering.

Fanis Moschas

Fanis Moschas is a senior-developer at SEISMOSOFT ltd. (www.seismosoft.com). He is a graduate from the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Patras, Greece, and holds a PhD in the area of Geomatics for Structural Health Monitoring from the same Institute. He has several publications in scientific journals and international conferences in the areas of Structural Health Monitoring, GPS Applications and Geophysics.

The course is delivered online through our easy-to-use Virtual Campus platform. For this course, a variety of content is provided including:

– eLearning materials
– Videos
– Interactive multimedia content
– Live webinar classes
– Texts and technical articles
– Case studies
– Assignments and evaluation exercises

Students can download the materials and work through the course at their own pace.
We regularly update this course to ensure the latest news and state-of-the-art developments are covered, and your knowledge of the subject is current.

Live webinars form part of our course delivery. These allow students and tutors to go through the course materials, exchange ideas and knowledge, and solve problems together in a virtual classroom setting. Students can also make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point to interact with tutors and other students.

The tutoring system is managed by email. Students can email the tutor with any questions about the course and the tutor will be happy to help.

Undergraduates, graduates, and practicing civil engineers, who are interested in learning the available techniques and solutions for the strengthening and structural upgrading of existing buildings, both on the design, as well as on the construction level.

Once a student finishes the course and successfully completes the assignments and evaluation tests, they are sent an accreditation certificate. The certificate is issued by Ingeoexpert to verify that the student has passed the course. It is a digital certificate that is unique and tamper-proof – it is protected by Blockchain technology. This means it is possible for anyone to check that it is an authentic, original document.

You will be able to download the certificate in an electronic format from the Virtual Campus platform. The certificate can be forwarded by email, shared on social networks, and embedded on websites. To see an example, click here.

Structural upgrading and retrofit of existing structures is a very demanding field of engineering, where both specialised knowledge and significant experience are required. It is noted that particular attention is needed in the selection of the intervention scheme, since wrong decisions (e.g. inappropriate selection of strengthening method) may not only be proven ineffective, but also increase, rather than decrease the overall vulnerability of a structure.

Hence, an understanding of the assessment and strengthening methodologies and the techniques available for retrofit is important for anyone working in civil engineering, especially for those who operate in seismic prone regions. Whether you are a student, a designer, a contractor, an academic, a researcher or working in civil engineering maintenance, having a solid background in the retrofit of existing structures will set you apart from the competition. The course has been designed and structured to enable all participants acquire such knowledge.

Full licenses for the packages SeismoStruct, SeismoBuild, SeismoArtif and SeismoMatch (3 months)

Introduction

Earthquake engineering has advanced sufficiently in recent years, so as to ensure that well-detailed, newly designed structures usually exhibit adequate strength, stiffness and ductility to withstand severe earthquake ground motion. Nevertheless, the vast majority of the existing building stock has been built many years ago, when engineering expertise was not at today’s level of knowledge, and the safety regulations were less stringent. Consequently, for the structures designed according to older codes the focus had been placed exclusively on the vertical gravity forces, with little or no consideration for the lateral resistance system. Moreover, even if seismic loads have been explicitly considered in the design for relatively modern structures, it is most likely that these structures do no longer meet the constantly updated regulations, since the rapid progress in the field of earthquake engineering during the last two or three decades has radically altered the design philosophy and standards worldwide.

As a result, the vast majority of the building stock exhibits significant deficiencies (reduced resistance to seismic loads, small stiffness or ductility, soft storeys – pilotis) that render them highly vulnerable in seismic events of high intensity, and require structural upgrading and retrofit.

Objectives

The purpose of the course is to introduce the students to the practical aspects of seismic assessment & retrofitting of existing reinforced concrete buildings. Upon completion, the participants will have gained significant knowledge on all the different methods for strengthening a structure that will allow them to logically analyze and understand the available alternative solutions in different strengthening projects. The course will provide significant feedback both:

– On the construction level; all the basic interventions techniques will be presented and different construction aspects will be explained, and

– On the design level; guidelines in the strategy of interventions and the selection of the appropriate interventions’ method will be provided

Within this context many real case studies will be shown, and it will be explained why in each case a specific retrofit scheme was preferred over the other alternatives. Furthermore, with the use of SeismoStruct and SeismoBuild, two software packages specialised in the analysis, assessment and strengthening of existing structures, the students will learn how to carry out the full assessment and strengthening procedures of existing structures, from the structural modelling, through to the analysis and the checks according to the selected Codes (ASCE 41-17, Eurocode 8 Part-3, Italian and others).


The licenses will be temporary (3-months), full, commercial licenses for the packages SeismoStruct, SeismoBuild, SeismoArtif and SeismoMatch.

Limited places.

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Contents

Module 1: Seismic Assessment Methodologies
a. Methods of analyses
b. Modelling of RC structures
c. Checks and acceptance criteria

Module 2: Nonlinear Static Pushover Analysis & Nonlinear Dynamic Time-history Analysis
a. Presentation of the methods
b. Advantages and disadvantages

Module 3: Evaluation of Different Seismic Retrofitting Solutions
a. Strengthening techniques
b. Strengthening interventions’ strategy
c. Example of the strengthening of a RC building with different methods
d. Real strengthening projects

Module 4: Introduction to SeismoBuild
a. Main features of the program
b. Modelling and assessment of a 2-storey RC building
c. Checks
d. Creation of the technical report and the CAD drawings

Module 5: Detailed description of SeismoBuild, advanced issues
a. Advanced Issues in the use of SeismoBuild
b. Modelling and assessment of a larger RC building
c. Strengthening of the RC building

Module 6: Introduction to SeismoStruct
a. Main features and modules of the program
b. Assessment of a 2-storey RC Building with SeismoStruct

Module 7: Detailed description of SeismoStruct, advanced issues
a. Advanced Issues in the use of SeismoStruct
b. Convergence Difficulties
c. SeismoStruct Batch facility
d. Creation and use of artificial accelerograms
e. Creation of a simple model with a step by step approach
f. Creation of a complicated model with the Building Modeller

Module 8: Exercises: Modelling, assessment and strengthening of existing buildings

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Stelios Antoniou

Stelios Antoniou is a co-founder and the CEO of SEISMOSOFT ltd. (www.seismosoft.com), a company that specialises in the development of state-of-the-art tools for the non-linear analysis, the assessment and strengthening of structures, and the processing of strong-motion data. Simultaneously, he is the Head of the Seismic Repair and Strengthening Section of ALFAKAT S.A. (www.alfakat.gr), a company with significant experience in the design and construction of private and public works, with particular emphasis on strengthening and retrofitting projects against seismic loads.

He is a graduate from the Civil Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens (N.T.U.A.), and holds a PhD in Earthquake Engineering from Imperial College, London. He has several publications in scientific journals, European and World Conferences on various subjects related to Earthquake Engineering.

Fanis Moschas

Fanis Moschas is a senior-developer at SEISMOSOFT ltd. (www.seismosoft.com). He is a graduate from the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Patras, Greece, and holds a PhD in the area of Geomatics for Structural Health Monitoring from the same Institute. He has several publications in scientific journals and international conferences in the areas of Structural Health Monitoring, GPS Applications and Geophysics.

Read more

The course is delivered online through our easy-to-use Virtual Campus platform. For this course, a variety of content is provided including:

– eLearning materials
– Videos
– Interactive multimedia content
– Live webinar classes
– Texts and technical articles
– Case studies
– Assignments and evaluation exercises

Students can download the materials and work through the course at their own pace.
We regularly update this course to ensure the latest news and state-of-the-art developments are covered, and your knowledge of the subject is current.

Live webinars form part of our course delivery. These allow students and tutors to go through the course materials, exchange ideas and knowledge, and solve problems together in a virtual classroom setting. Students can also make use of the platform’s forum, a meeting point to interact with tutors and other students.

The tutoring system is managed by email. Students can email the tutor with any questions about the course and the tutor will be happy to help.

Read more

Undergraduates, graduates, and practicing civil engineers, who are interested in learning the available techniques and solutions for the strengthening and structural upgrading of existing buildings, both on the design, as well as on the construction level.

Read more

Once a student finishes the course and successfully completes the assignments and evaluation tests, they are sent an accreditation certificate. The certificate is issued by Ingeoexpert to verify that the student has passed the course. It is a digital certificate that is unique and tamper-proof – it is protected by Blockchain technology. This means it is possible for anyone to check that it is an authentic, original document.

You will be able to download the certificate in an electronic format from the Virtual Campus platform. The certificate can be forwarded by email, shared on social networks, and embedded on websites. To see an example, click here.

Read more

Structural upgrading and retrofit of existing structures is a very demanding field of engineering, where both specialised knowledge and significant experience are required. It is noted that particular attention is needed in the selection of the intervention scheme, since wrong decisions (e.g. inappropriate selection of strengthening method) may not only be proven ineffective, but also increase, rather than decrease the overall vulnerability of a structure.

Hence, an understanding of the assessment and strengthening methodologies and the techniques available for retrofit is important for anyone working in civil engineering, especially for those who operate in seismic prone regions. Whether you are a student, a designer, a contractor, an academic, a researcher or working in civil engineering maintenance, having a solid background in the retrofit of existing structures will set you apart from the competition. The course has been designed and structured to enable all participants acquire such knowledge.

Read more

20 reviews for Seismic Assessment & Retrofitting of Existing RC Structures using SeismoStruct and SeismoBuild

  1. Nouman Khattak

    The course is rich in content. A lot of things can be learnt in a short duration. The professors are always available 24/7 to respond to your queries. Highly recommended for students and practising engineers.

  2. Siddiq Shaik Talupula Marrimanu

    It was wonderful exercise to learn from the industry experts

  3. Raniel Macabare

    The course has a lot of information and are easy to understand by students.

  4. Yan Naung Ko

    This course is really helpful for both my academic achievement and career development. Learning is enjoyable with plenty of course contents and high-quality lecture handouts.

  5. Motaz Al Nasraween

    I was my first online course, my feedback regarding this course was excellent and it was very useful, Prof. was very helpful.

  6. REZA LATIFI

    SeismoBuild and SeismoStruct are simple to implement & stable in pushover and dynamic NL analysis. There is a lot to be learned during the course. Tremendous Prof. Recommended without reservations.

  7. Juan Carlos Vielma

    Good contents and relators. Thanks.

  8. Yasmin Awwad

    The course is very helpful, the professors explain every think and are always available to answer any question, i would recommend to make the course a bit longer like one more month of teaching, and then more time for theories about the earthquakes.

    Please informe me about more courses regarding earthquake and seismic analysis.

    Regards,

    Yasmin.

  9. Camilo Correa

    The course in general was really good if I have one recommendation to make is that most of the people that take this online courses do the assignments on the weekend and during this course the plataform was of during a whole weekend so I believe the should have extended the course for at least another weekend

  10. Neilson S. Parinas

    I find the course and the learning experience invaluable. My professors were very helpful and they were quick to respond to questions.

  11. Diego Sosa

    Thanks to all the people who developed this course. This is a fantastic initiative to promote your software, and it provided me a lot of new concepts, information, and tools.

    Best regards,

    Diego Sosa

  12. Reza Latifi

    It was a unique and special training and I recommend it to all those motivated to upgrade their expertise and carrier. Trainings are well organized and Professors was very helpful.

  13. Shivaji Sarvade

    This course is extremely beneficial for researchers and practicing engineers. The course is structured in a manner that you can learn from scratch including the fundamentals behind the process.

  14. Enrique Simbort

    I really appreciated the mentors’ kindness and good disposition to answer questions regarding the coursework and to recommend papers and further literature to enhance the knowledge imparted during the course.

  15. Adrian Stanescu

    I am very happy that I took this course.
    I enriched my knowledge about the theoretical and practical problems of inelastic calculation of structures and the use of Seismisoft programs.
    I especially appreciated the exercises received during the course.
    Thank you.

  16. Samuel Couper

    The course enabled me to gain first hand experience using Seismosoft’s software packages, which I’m sure will prove incredibly useful in future work!

  17. Samard Buddee

    hank you for the great course. Great presentation stye with lots of opportunities to ask question. The professors (Dr. Fanis Moschas and Dr. Stelios Antoniou) provided the detailed feedback on all the exercises and projects of the course for helping me improve my learning experiences which all made for a really valuable and informative course. This has more than met my expectations. A wonderfully practical course- both personally and professionally.

  18. Jesús Gerardo Valdés Vázquez

    The continious contact with professores is really good.

  19. Saharat Saengyuan

    This course is very useful, especially for students and engineers. A fundamental theory related to the analysis as well as modeling the structure from basic to advanced ones, using the finite element-based software, SeismoStruct and SeismoBuild has been taught. Last but not least, professors are very kind, if you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Do not hesitate to take this course!

  20. Randy Salazar

    SeismoBuild and SeismoStruct platforms are easy to navigate and both software are user-friendly. The flow of discussion and the sequencing of modules are excellent! I am delighted how the professors answer all the questions from their students during the live webinar and even via email. The professor’s feedback in our exercises/assignments is very constructive and you can really feel their expertise on this course.

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