Fundamentals of Earthquake Engineering

Engineering context

This two-day course is run exclusively by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the internationally recognised leader in training for engineers and technical professionals.

Seismic activity by itself rarely kills or even injures people; the most deadly earthquakes in history have done enormous damage to old and poorly-designed buildings occupied by humans.

The purpose of this course is to provide practising professional engineers that have little or no previous training in the field with an introductory understanding of the principles of earthquake engineering.

It covers two important building standards: ASCE 7-10 Minimum Loads Standards and the 2012 International Building Code, which specify that seismic resistant design is required for most building structures.

Although this is a fundamentals course, it encompasses numerous topics, the full list of which you can view in the full course outline section below.



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Is this course for you?

This two-day course is for you if you’re a structural engineer, architect, building official or a professional in a related field interested in learning about the principles and practice of earthquake engineering.

Your facilitator for this course

Finley A Charney PH.D., P.E., F. ASCE is a Professor in the Charles E. Via Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Prior to joining Virginia Tech in 2001, Dr. Charney accumulated more than 20 years of professional experience in structural engineering, with an emphasis on the analysis, design, and behavior of structures subjected to wind and earthquake loads.

Dr Charney teaches graduate level university courses in structural analysis, structural dynamics, and earthquake engineering. He also participates in the development and teaching of several professional earthquake engineering seminars, including a variety of courses for FEMA, the U.S. Corps of Engineers Prospect Course, and most recently ASCE continuing education course Seismic Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.

Dr Charney is an active member of ASCE and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. He is a voting member of the ASCE 7 seismic subcommittee.


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