Seismic Analysis and Design of Steel and Reinforced Concrete Buildings Using NBCC 2020

Online /
Dec 13 - 15, 2023 /
Course Code: 14-1204-ONL23

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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):

10:00 am to 6:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Evaluate seismic hazard in Canadian cities
  • 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 design buildings to resist earthquakes, structural engineers need a thorough understanding of the seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada (NBCC 2020) and seismic design and detailing requirements provided by the Canadian Standard Association (CSA). This course offers the opportunity to learn seismic provisions of NBCC 2020 and apply them to a multi-storey building. This course also covers the seismic design and detailing requirements of CSA A23.3-19 and CSA S16-19 for designing reinforced concrete and steel buildings with the most commonly used seismic force-resisting systems. As part of this course, participants will learn how to perform static and dynamic seismic analyses of structures using computer software.

Important note: This advanced course builds upon the material covered in the “Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Design” course. Basic earthquake engineering and dynamic analysis knowledge is required to fully understand the course content.

Course Outline

  • Overview of seismicity and dynamic analysis
  • Seismic provisions of the National Building Code of Canada
  • Seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings with moment-resisting frames or shear walls
  • Seismic design of steel buildings with moment-resisting frames or braced frames

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

Important note: This is an advanced course and requires knowing the fundamentals of earthquake engineering. For those who have no prior knowledge of the subject, it is highly recommended that they first take the “Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering and Seismic Design” course to learn about the basic principles of structural dynamics and seismic analysis.

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

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Day I

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

Overview of Earthquake Engineering

  • Important characteristics of earthquakes
  • Seismicity in Canada
  • Elements of structural dynamics
  • Overview of dynamic analysis methods

Seismic Provisions of the National Building Code of Canada

  • Minimum lateral earthquake design force
  • Design response spectrum
  • Types of seismic force-resisting systems
  • Equivalent static force procedure
  • Deflections and drift limits
  • Other design requirements (irregularities, torsional effects, etc.)
  • Solved example: seismic analysis of a building according to the NBCC

Day II

Seismic Design Philosophy

  • Introduction to “fuse” mechanisms
  • General architectural and construction requirements for seismic design

Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures

  • General seismic design requirements
  • Seismic provisions for the design of ductile moment-resisting reinforced concrete frames
  • Solved example 1 for reinforced concrete buildings


Seismic Design of Reinforced Concrete Structures (Continued)

  • Seismic provisions for the design of ductile reinforced concrete shear walls
  • Solved example 2 for reinforced concrete buildings

Seismic Design of Steel Buildings

  • General seismic design requirements
  • Seismic provisions for the design of ductile moment-resisting steel frames
  • Solved example 1 for steel buildings
  • Seismic provisions for the design of concentrically braced steel frames
  • Solved example 2 for steel buildings

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


Vahid Sadeghian, PhD, P.Eng.

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 Ph.D. and MASc degrees from the University of Toronto and his BASc from the University of Tehran.

Dr. Sadeghian has over 10 years of experience in teaching, research, and consulting and is a registered PEng with Professional Engineers Ontario. He has more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific publications in different areas of structural engineering. His research interests mainly include the behaviour of aging and repaired structures, the design of structures built from modern 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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