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Language: English


Rate:   475 $ + taxes 



Students 250 $ + taxes



The objective of this course is to provide engineers with the fundamental concepts of dynamic soil-structure interaction (DSSI), with special emphasis to the practical earthquake engineering applications. The course introduces the basic concepts of soil dynamics to show how to compute dynamic characteristics of soils prior to tackle dynamic soil-structure interaction. This will give engineers basic knowledge about dynamic soil properties to understand the behaviour of soils during strong motion earthquakes and how these properties are introduced in DSSI analysis. Moreover, site effects and amplification of wave motion are introduced to explain the importance of wave motion during an earthquake. Numerical technics are also introduced but the emphasis will be on the use of simplified analysis. The application of static and dynamic «Seismic» cases is illustrated through numerical examples and examples from the literature.



  • Identify the parameters that are relevant for the seismic analysis of structures

  • Identify soils vulnerable to earthquakes

  • Know the essential parameters that influence the behavior of soils and structures

  • Understand the seismic behavior of structures and soils




One Day :

Introduction to seismology :

  • Types of seismic waves


Examples :

  • practical cases

  • damaged structures due to liquefaction of loose deposits


Introduction to soil dynamics :

Review of soil dynamics with basic concepts of structural dynamics

  • Soil characteristics

  • Material non linearity of Soil

  • Dynamic properties of soils

  • ​Liquefaction


Soil classification and behaviour :

  • Soil classification

  • Behaviour of soils during earthquake

  • Site effects


Ground motion :

  • Seismic records

  • Response spectra


Introduction to behaviour of structures to earthquake ground motion :​

  • Seismic response of single degree of freedom systems

  • Seismic response of multi-degree of freedom systems

Modeling in soil-structure interaction :

  • Modeling of foundation support

  • Seismic behaviour of structures including soil-structure interaction​


Example of linear and non-linear seismic response of structure including soil structure interaction


Example of damage caused by earthquakes to embankments and structures

Who Should Attend: 


Civil engineers and structural engineers, professionals involved in the design and construction of structures including substructure elements, students and researchers. Participants should have basic knowledge about structures and geotechnique.​

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