This short course should be of interest to geotechnical, structural, geological, and mining consultants and engineers who wish to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts in geotechnical earthquake engineering. The course will cover introduction to local site effects in earthquakes, soil-structure interaction, liquefaction assessment, seismic slope stability, and seismic design of retaining structures.
Course Outline & Description
The course consists of the following five modules.
1. Local Site Effects in Earthquakes
Review of field observations; Wave propagation; Ground response analysis; Dynamic soil properties.
2. Soil–Structure Interaction
Review of field observations; Kinematic and inertial interactions; Soil-structure interaction analysis; Equivalent system for a SDOF structure on a footing; Soil-pile interaction in bridge foundations.
Review of field observations; Fundamentals of liquefaction behavior; Triggering of liquefaction; Consequences of liquefaction including lateral spreading and post–liquefaction settlement.
4. Seismic Slope Stability
Review of field observations; Pseudo–static analysis; Sliding block methods; Equivalent linear dynamic analysis; Nonlinear dynamic analysis.
5. Seismic Design of Retaining Structures
Review of field observations; Types of retaining walls; Static and seismic pressures on retaining walls; Seismic displacement of retaining walls; Seismic response of basement walls.
Unique Features of the Course
The two-day course consists of a series of lectures on various aspects of geotechnical earthquake engineering. Selected examples and/or case studies will be used to reinforce the lecture content.
Geotechnical, structural, geological, and mining consultants and engineers who wish to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts in the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering.
Dr. Mahdi Taiebat is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Civil Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Davis. Thereafter he joined the Computational Geomechanics Division of the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute. He joined the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia in 2009. At UBC he is responsible for teaching courses in Soil Mechanics, Advanced Soil Mechanics, and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering. His research interests include theoretical and computational geomechanics, constitutive modeling of engineering materials, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and static and dynamic soil-structure interaction. He has (co-)supervised 16 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and has published over 60 technical journal and conference papers. He has received the UC Davis excellence in geotechnical engineering award in 2007, the Professor Appreciation Award from the UBC Civil Engineering Undergraduate Club in 2011, and the ASCE Norman Medal in 2012.