Structural Concrete Design for Extreme Events




Recently, the Christchurch earthquake saw the collapse and near collapse of many reinforced concrete structures. In 2012 a 8.9 magnitude earth quake occurred of the coast of Japan with devastating consequences, and further highlights the need for of a comprehensive understanding of structures and structural behaviour for extreme events.


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  • Contributors: Prof Stephen Foster. Prof John Wilson. Professor Jose L. Torero
Seismic design of reinforced concrete buildings is an area that generally lacks understanding with minimal training provided to engineers. There are conflicts between the concrete structures and earthquake loading Standards, and the reinforcement detailing requirements within the Standard are often unclear and difficult to follow.

While targeted at design engineers and dealing with some of the most common issues faced when designing buildings for earthquake loading, the seminars will also be of interest to building owners and anyone wanting to learn more about how earthquakes impact buildings and some of the measures that can be taken to ensure that they provide life safety in these extreme events.

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