Seismic Analysis and Design of Steel and Reinforced Concrete Buildings Using NBCC 15

Mississauga, Ontario /
Nov 18 - 20, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1138-2369

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Estimate the probability and intensity of ground motions likely to occur at a site and their design implications
  • Perform seismic analysis of structures both manually and using computer tools
  • Use on your projects the concepts of capacity design and structure ductility as well as NBCC15 seismic design requirements
  • Apply the basic principles of design and detailing of earthquake resistant steel and reinforced concrete buildings

To effectively apply the seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada NBCC 15, structural engineers need a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of earthquake engineering, including ground motion seismology, structural dynamics, concept of capacity design, inelastic behaviour of various materials, and seismic design and detailing. This course provides an opportunity to learn the basic principles and practices of analysis and design of earthquake-resistant building structures.

This course covers seismic design and detailing of steel and reinforced concrete buildings. Static and dynamic analysis of buildings using advanced computer codes is also presented.

Course Outline

  • Earthquake ground motions characteristics
  • Response of a single degree of freedom system
  • Seismic analysis of multi degrees of freedom structures
  • Code procedures for earthquake resistant structures
  • Seismic design of steel buildings and reinforced concrete structures

Who Should Attend:
Those requiring a thorough understanding of seismic design, including: Structural Engineers Civil Engineers Designers Consulting Engineers Project Engineers

More Information


Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to refreshment and networking breaks during the morning and afternoon. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Earthquake Ground Motions Characteristics

  • Causes and effects of earthquakes
  • Seismic waves
  • Characteristics of earthquakes
  • Characteristics of ground record accelerations
  • Attenuation relationship
  • Return periods
  • Design intensity

Response of a Single Degree of Freedom System

  • Free vibration response
  • Response to harmonic loads
  • Response to earthquake loading using numerical integration (time history analysis)
  • Concept of elastic response spectrum
  • Seismic response of a single degree of freedom using the response-spectrum procedure
  • Seismic response of a single degree of freedom using the time history procedure

Day II

Seismic Analysis of Multi Degrees of Freedom Structures

  • Dynamic analysis of MDOF systems using the modal analysis procedure
  • Dynamic analysis of MDOF systems using the time history procedure
  • Linear seismic analysis using modal analysis
  • Linear seismic analysis using time history approach

Code Procedures for Earthquake Resistant Structures

  • Inelastic behaviour and ductility
  • Seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada NBCC (2015)
  • Concept of capacity design
  • Code provisions for dynamic analysis


Seismic Design of Steel Buildings

  • Seismic provisions for the design of ductile moment resisting steel frames
  • Seismic provisions for the design of ductile steel braced frames
  • Solved example: seismic design of a steel building

Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

  • Seismic provisions for the design of ductile moment resisting reinforced concrete frames
  • Seismic provision for the design of ductile reinforced concrete shear walls
  • Solved example: seismic design of a reinforced concrete building

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Ashraf El Damatty, P.Eng., Ph.D.

Ashraf is Professor and Chair at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Western Ontario. He is a Research Associate at the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction and the Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory.

He has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting in Structural Engineering. Dr. El Damatty is the Founder and Principal of Engineering Analysis and Dynamics (EAD) specializing in advanced analysis and design of structures. He is Founder and Past Chair of the Steel Committee of the Canadian Society of Civil engineering. He has been a consultant to many private and government organizations in Canada, USA, and the Middle East. He has conducted structural design of a large number of high-rise, medium-rise and industrial buildings in Canada and abroad. He has also conducted field monitoring and seismic testing of a number of structures.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

EPIC Learning Center
5670 McAdam Rd
Mississauga ON  L4Z 1T2

Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Mississauga
100 Traders Boulevard
Mississauga ON  L4Z 2H7

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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$1995 + taxes

Fee after October 11, 2019:

$2295 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • EPIC courses qualify for ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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