November 2017

Soil-Structure Interaction

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 - Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM: Registration and breakfast
8:30 AM–4:30 PM: Seismic-Soil Interaction
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Mohammed Naimi, P. Eng., M.Sc., PhD
P.Eng. Expert in Earthquake Engineering, SNC-Lavalin
Credit: 14 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $850.00 + GST = $892.50 until October 19, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $950.00 + GST = $997.50

Non-Member Price: $950.00 + GST = $997.50

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Student Member Price: $425.00 + GST = $446.25
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 16, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
The objective of this course is to provide engineers with the fundamental concepts of soil-structure interaction (SSI), with special emphasis on 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 an 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

Introduction to Seismology

  • Types of seismic waves
  • Earthquake measurement


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


  • Wave propagation:
    • Shear wave
    • Compression wave velocities
    • Wave passage effect
    • Incoherence in ground motion
    • Varying ground motion with depth
  • Soil classification and behavior
  • Site effects
  • Ground motion records and concept of response spectra

Day Two

  • Introduction to behavior of structures to earthquake ground motion
  • Dynamic properties of structures: stiffness properties, damping, and mass
  • Single degree of freedom systems
  • Multi-degree of freedom systems
  • Soil-structure interaction behavior of structures:
    • Kinematic interaction
    • Inertia interaction
  • Modeling in soil-structure interaction
  • Modeling of foundation support
  • Modeling of radiation damping
  • Example of site effect analysis in 2D using radiating boundary
  • Example of linear and nonlinear seismic response of structure including soil structure interaction
  • Example of damage caused by earthquakes to embankments and structures
  • Introduction to transmitting boundaries
  • Example of seismic response of structure including soil-structure interaction
  • Example of site effect analysis in 2D using radiating boundary

Mohammed Naimi, P.Eng., M.Sc., PhD

P.Eng. Expert in Earthquake Engineering, SNC-Lavalin

Mohammed Naimi has 36 years of experience in highway engineering, infrastructure construction, and urban, civil, and industrial buildings. His experience is in major infrastructure projects relevant to highway and railway causeway, bridges, viaducts, cable stayed and suspension bridges, flyover and tunnels, and civil and industrial buildings. During his career, he developed international skills in earthquake engineering where he published scientific and research papers. His expertise focuses on earthquake engineering and seismic soil-structure interaction as well as the application of the finite element method. He holds a B.Sc., M.Sc. and PhD in structural engineering. He actively participated in the training of engineers in Canada and abroad. Currently, he is a project manager responsible to manage and to overview major projects in short and medium span bridges as well as long span cable stayed and suspension bridges for seismic analysis and design including seismic retrofit and repair of bridges, buildings, and tunnels.

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