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Performance-based Seismic Design of Tall Reinforced Concrete Buildings

22 January, 2019 @ 7 h 45 min - 16 h 30 min

Earn .7 Continuing Education Units / 7.0 Professional Development Hours


Course Description:

This course covers detailed information from the conception to the final design of a Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall building using a performance-based seismic design (PBSD) approach.  It will include hands-on experience in the application of PBSD on several building projects on the West Coast of USA.  This course will go over the concept of PBSD, its development and key aspects of the general approach. It will continue with an overview of the latest PBSD guidelines currently used and a brief review of current code requirements and how they differ from the PBSD approach.

PBSD is based on a series of performance checks. The first performance check is at the building service level under both earthquake and wind loads. This performance measure is easy to implement as it is similar to a code-based modeling approach with some important modifications to modeling and acceptance criteria. The second performance level is to reduce the chances of collapse of a building under a major earthquake. This major event is defined in the ASCE 7-10 as the Maximum Credible Earthquake or MCEr.  This second performance is well understood in the research environment but still proves a challenge for the engineering practice.

This course will go over key modeling steps of both linear and nonlinear components, processing the input and output information, design aspects that could potentially be improved during the analysis, and detailing aspects that differ from a code-based seismic design.

Course Instructor:

Freddy PinaPh.D., P.Eng. is the President of PBRV Consulting Ltd., a Canadian company that offers professional services to local structural engineering firms with the main focus being in the seismic design of tall buildings using a performance-based design approach and in the assessment of the potential risk of failure or damage of existing buildings in BC.  Dr. Pina has been involved in the seismic design of more than twenty tall buildings in the west coast of the USA and Canada, as well as in the seismic risk assessment of several existing buildings in BC and California.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia teaching courses related to the structural design of steel buildings and dynamic analysis of structures. Freddy serves as an active member of the SEABC Certificate program, teaching and coordinating several courses related to earthquake engineering.

Event Date and Venue (Vancouver session):

  • Date: January 22, 2019
  • Venue: Sandman Vancouver City Centre – Ballroom
    180 West Georgia Street
    Vancouver, BC V6B 4P4

Note: This course will be hosted at other venues throughout Canada on various dates. Please click here for more information on other available sessions.

Course Itinerary:

  • 7:45 Registration
  • 8:30 Start of Session
  • 10:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:30 End of Session

Registration Fees:

  • $120 – $650

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22 January, 2019
7 h 45 min - 16 h 30 min


Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (National)
(514) 933-2634


Sandman Vancouver City Centre – Ballroom
180 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 4P4 Canada
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