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

Online /
Jun 1 - 3, 2022 /
Course Code: 13-0610-ONL22

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  • Overview
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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 3 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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 the seismic design provisions of the National Building Code of Canada for design projects
  • 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 an advanced computer software is also presented.

Course Outline

  • Earthquake ground motions characteristics
  • Response of a single-degree-of-freedom system
  • Seismic analysis of multi-degree-of-freedom structures
  • Seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada Seismic design of steel buildings and reinforced concrete structures

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

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

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Day I

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

Earthquake Ground Motions Characteristics

  • Causes and effects of earthquakes
  • Seismic waves
  • Characteristics of earthquakes
  • Attenuation relationships
  • Seismic hazard analysis
  • Seismicity in Western and Eastern Canada

Response of a Single-Degree-of-Freedom System

  • Elements of structural dynamics
  • Free vibration response
  • Response to harmonic loads
  • Elastic response spectrum
  • introduction to design response spectrum

Day II

Seismic Analysis of Multi-Degree-of-Freedom Structures

  • Modal analysis method
  • Time history analysis method
  • Response spectrum analysis method
  • Selection and scaling of ground motion records

Seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada

  • Design response spectrum
  • Equivalent static force procedure
  • Types of seismic force resisting systems
  • Deflections and drift limits
  • Other design requirements


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


Vahid Sadeghian, PhD

Dr. Vahid Sadeghian is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. Before Joining Carleton, he worked at the Structural Group of Arup in Toronto. He received his PhD and MASc degrees from the University of Toronto and his BASc degree from the University of Tehran. Dr. Sadeghian is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and American Concrete Institute, and is a registered EIT with Professional Engineers Ontario. His research interests include behaviour of aging and repaired structures, design of structures built from modern concrete materials, and structural response under extreme loads including earthquakes, blasts, and multi-hazard events.

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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

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

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