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

(14 student reviews)

Online course

60 hours / 6 weeks

Dates: 15th of March to 26th of April

Standard Unemployed Or Student
$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.

Within this virtual platform, students are in continuous contact with professor in a tailored way, solving questions together, and widening knowledge and acquiring new skills. Students can also interact with other students and professors through webinars and forums.

Plenty of content can be found in the Campus: eLearning material, videos, technical articles, manuals, complementary documentation, real examples and exercises.

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.

As evidence of knowledge gained throughout the course, a certificate will be issued from the Virtual platform. This certificate is based on the modern technology Blockchain, which increases security, prevents fraud, builds trust and ensures you’re ready for the future.

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

Within this virtual platform, students are in continuous contact with professor in a tailored way, solving questions together, and widening knowledge and acquiring new skills. Students can also interact with other students and professors through webinars and forums.

Plenty of content can be found in the Campus: eLearning material, videos, technical articles, manuals, complementary documentation, real examples and exercises.

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

As evidence of knowledge gained throughout the course, a certificate will be issued from the Virtual platform. This certificate is based on the modern technology Blockchain, which increases security, prevents fraud, builds trust and ensures you’re ready for the future.

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

14 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.

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