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

Regina, Saskatchewan /
Dec 2 - 4, 2019 /
Course Code: 10-1221-2370

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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.

The 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

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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, Ph.D., MBA, P.Eng., F.CSCE, F.EIC

Dr. Ashraf El Damatty, Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering and Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada. He is a Research Director at the WindEEE Research Institute and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Wind and Structures. He held the title of High End Expert at Tongji University, China. He obtained a BSc. and M.Sc. from Cairo University in 1986 and 1991, Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from McMaster University, Canada, in 1995, and an MBA in 2016 in Higher Education Management from University College, London, UK. He is the founder of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE) Steel Structures Committee and serves currently as the CSCE Structures Division. He has consulted on many projects in North America and the Middle East He has written over 200 publications and has secured research funding exceeding $20.0 M. He has supervised more than 30 Ph.D. and 20 M.Sc. students and has been invited as keynote speaker in many countries around the globe. He received several awards including the Alan Yorkdale Award by ASTM, Best Paper Award at the Canadian Conference on Effective Design of Structures, Honourable Mention in 2014 Casimir Gzowski Medal Competition, 2015 CSCE Whitman Wright Award, 2016 CSCE Horst Leipholz Medal, Western University Faculty Scholar Award, and the 2018 Professional Engineers of Ontario Research and Development Award. His research work has influenced the international codes and the Engineering practice worldwide.


To be announced

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

Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza
2125 Victoria Avenue
Regina SK  S4P 0S3

DoubleTree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Double Tree by Hilton Regina
1975 Broad St,
Regina SK  S4P 1Y2

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Regina East Gate
3830 East Gate Drive
Regina SK  S4Z 1A5

Please confirm with EPIC that the venue has been officially confirmed before making any reservations or travel arrangements.


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Fee & Credits
Early Registration Fee:

$1995 + taxes

Fee after October 25, 2019:

$2295 + taxes

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

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