November 2016

Soil-Structure Interaction – A Practical Approach

Status: This course has been cancelled. A new date will be scheduled in 2017.
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2016 - Friday, November 18, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration - Day 1 
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Day 1 & 2
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Mohammed Naimi, ing., M.Sc.
Transport, Infrastructure and Buildings, SNC-Lavalin
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: Day 1 & 2 : $838.00 + GST = $879.90 until Nov 3, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: Day 1 & 2 : $938.00 + GST = $984.90

Non-Member Price: Day 1 & 2 : $938.00 + GST = $984.90

Student Member Price: Day 1 & 2 : $469.00 + GST = $492.45
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 03, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Jennifer Chan | Professional Development Coordinator
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The objective of this course is to provide engineers with the fundamental concepts of soil-structure interaction (SSI), with special emphasis to the practical earthquake engineering applications. The course introduces seismology and the basic concepts of soil dynamics prior to tackle soil-structure interaction. This will give engineers basic knowledge about dynamic soil properties to understand the behavior of soils during earthquake and how these properties are introduced in SSI analysis. The application of static and dynamic "Seismic" cases is illustrated through numerical examples and examples from the literature.

Course Outline

Day One 

  1. Introduction to seismology
    • Types of waves 
  2. Examples 
    • Practical cases
    • Damaged structures due to liquefaction of loose deposits
  3. 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
        • Damping in soil
        • Shear modulus
        • Radiation damping
    • Liquefaction 
    • Wave propagation
      •  Shear wave
      • Compression wave velocities
      • Wave passage effect
      • Incoherence in ground motion
      • Varying ground motion with depth
  4. Soil classification and behavior
    • Soil classification 
    • Behavior of soil to seismic shear wave
    • Site effects
  5. Ground motion records and concept of response spectra
    • Response spectra 
    • Scaling records 

Day Two

  1. Introduction to behavior of structures to earthquake ground motion
    • Dynamic properties of structures
      • Stiffness properties
      • Damping  
      • Mass
    • Period 
      • For rigid base
      • flexible base
    • Single degree of freedom systems 
    • Multi-degree of freedom systems 
    • Soil-structure interaction behavior of structures
      • Inertia interaction
      • Kinematic interaction 
  2. Modeling in soil-structure interaction 
    • Modeling of foundation support 
    • Modeling of radiation damping
      • One Dimensional
      • Two Dimensional
  3.  Introduction to transmitting boundaries
    •  Example of seismic response of structure including soil-structure interaction 
    • Example of site effect analysis in 2-D using radiating boundary 
  4. Example of linear and non linear seismic response of structure including soil structure interaction 
  5. Example of damage caused by earthquakes to embankments and structures


Dr. Mohammed Naimi, ing., M.Sc.
Transport, Infrastructure and Buildings, SNC-Lavalin

Dr. Mohammed Naimi is a Senior Professional Engineer with over 33 years of experience in research, design, and construction of bridges, tunnels, and buildings. He is an expert in structural analysis, structural dynamics, and earthquake engineering including seismic soil-structure interaction. He has been involved in major design projects such as tunnels, pre-stressed concrete, and structural steel bridges in Canada and abroad. Dr. Naimi has been responsible for a large number of projects, including bridges in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, and Algeria. He has also been involved in teaching many courses related to earthquake engineering and structural dynamics to professionals engineers and to the academic levels. Dr. Naimi’s research interests are in earthquake engineering, finite element modelling and seismic soil-structure interaction. He has published many scientific papers in journals and conference proceedings.

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