Seismic Design to Eurocode 8

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This one day training course delivers key advice and guidance on seismic design and analysis of structures to Eurocode 8. Providing a comprehensive introduction to earthquakes and seismic design and analysis it will improve your design capability as well as your understanding of the application of Eurocode 8 to your projects.

Principles of seismic behaviour are linked to the code through worked examples, tutorials and structured discussion. The emphasis is on reinforced concrete building structures although the concepts are widely applicable.
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Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

Session 1 - 
Earthquake damages and causes

Session 2 - Principles of conceptual design of buildings
Session 3 - Ground motions and geotechnical aspects
Session 4 - Performance requirements and compliance criteria
Session 5 - Seismic analysis
Session 6 - Equivalent static analysis
Session 7 - Safety verifications
Session 8 - RC design and detail
Session 9 - Summary and close

Professor Costas Georgopoulos

Professor Costas Georgopoulos CEng FHEA FCS FIStructE FICE, Chair in Structural Engineering Practice & Head of Civil Engineering at Kingston University London is an academically and professionally qualified Senior Academic & Practicing Chartered Civil Structural Engineer with many years unique multi-sector national / international, technical / managerial & industrial / academic experience comprising HEIs (Edinburgh Napier University, University of Portsmouth, Kingston University London), Consulting Engineering (Greece, Nigeria, UK incl. Scotland) and Trade Organizations (Greek Association of  Insurers, The Concrete Centre UK).

Costas’ expertise in Seismic Design include Conventional RC Framed Buildings (Greece), State-of-the-art Structures (Trident Submarine Refitting Facility at Rosyth & Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station, UK); Tutor of research-informed practice-driven PG modules on Seismic Design (HEIs); Member of British Standard Institution (BSI B/525/8) National Expert Committee for Eurocode 8: Seismic Design; Co-author of UK Annex and Background Document to Eurocode 8; Author of Chapter 8 of PP1990: Author of Guide to Structural Eurocodes and Expert Commentary to Eurocode 8 on-line (BSI); Tutor of the unique 1-day CPD on Seismic Design to Eurocode 8 (ICE and IStructE); Tutor of 2-day Master Class for professors from University of Moscow (BSI); Tutor of 2-day CPD on Seismic Design to EC8 (IStructE & Institution of Engineers Singapore); Author of ‘Worked Examples of Seismic Design to EC8 – Part 1’, an IStructE publication in progress.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course delegates should:
  • Know how to carry out the design of earthquake resistant buildings to Eurocode 8
  • Understand earthquake damages - causes and lessons learned
  • Understand ground motions and geotechnical aspects
  • Understand performance requirements and compliance criteria of Eurocode 8
  • Understand seismic analysis and equivalent static analysis method
  • Know the safety verifications in accordance with Eurocode 8
  • Have an appreciation of RC design and detail to Eurocode 8
Who Should Attend?

This training course has been developed for:

  • Students, researchers and academics with limited seismic design experience
  • Graduates undertaking their initial professional development
  • Practitioners seeking guidance on the application of Eurocode 8 to projects

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