2021 Advanced Geometrical Engineering

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Graduate major in Architecture and Building Engineering
Tamura Shuji 
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Course description and aims

This course focuses on soil dynamics and seismic design of building foundations.

This course aims to learn knowledge of geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamic, seismic earth pressure, soil-structure interaction and soil liquefaction. Additionaly, seismic design of building foundations are lectured.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Explain dynamic properties of soill, seismic earth pressure and soil-structure interaction.
2) Have an understanding of site response and seismic design of building foundations


Soil dynamic, Building foundations, Soil liquefaction

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Towards the end of class, students are given exercise problems related to what is taught on that day to solve.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Outline of geotechnical earthquake engineering Understand geotechnical earthquake engineering
Class 2 Subsurface investigation and laboratory tests Understand subsurface investigation and laboratory tests on dynamic propertiries of soils
Class 3 Microtremor and soil condition Understand site investigation based on microtremor measurement
Class 4 Microtremor measurement Understand microtremor measurement
Class 5 Natural period of subsurface layer Understand natural period of subsurface layer
Class 6 Evaluation of seismic amplification Understand seismic amplification
Class 7 Evaluation of seismic amplification with damping Understand seismic amplification with damping
Class 8 Soil dynamics Understand soil dynamics
Class 9 Liquefaction triggering analysis Understand liquefaction trigering anallysis based on In-situ tests
Class 10 Mitigation of liquefaction hazard Understand principles in mitigation of liqufaction-induced damage
Class 11 Seismic design of shallow foundatin Understand seismic design of shallow foundatin
Class 12 Seismic design of piles Understand seismic design of piles
Class 13 Seismic design of piles for strong earthqukaes Understand seismic design of piles for strong earthqukaes
Class 14 Sesimic design of piles considering soil deformation Understand seismic design of piles considering soil deformation
Class 15 Seismic design of superstructure and foundation Discussion on seismic design of superstructure and foundation

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


None required.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

1) All materials used in class can be found on OCW-i.
2) Course materials are provided during class

Assessment criteria and methods

Students’ course scores are based on reports (60%) and exercise problems (40%).

Related courses

  • ARC.S304 : Geotechnical Engineering

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

None required.

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