2021 Practical Seismic Design II

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Graduate major in Civil Engineering
Sasaki Tomohiro 
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Course description and aims

In this course, students learn about example of seismic damage in reinforced concrete structures and practical knowledge on seismic design and retrofit method of reinforced concrete structures, especially seismic design method for sub- and superstructure of bridges.
First, the students study basic knowledge on reinforcement concrete structures and seismic retrofit methods. Next, the students understand detail seismic design method for substructure of bridges and learn design of isolated and vibration controlled bridges. In addition, students study about design of superstructure of bridges and design for wind load.
Finally, students also learn about business continuous plan (BCP) and concept of risk management, and understand general idea of seismic resistant system design through practical case studies.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, each student will be able to:
1. Describe mechanism of seismic damage on reinforced concrete structures.
2. Describe seismic design and retrofit method of reinforced concrete structures.
3. Understand seismic design techniques for isolated and reinforced concrete structures.
4. Understand design of superstructure of bridges and describe design for wind load.

Course taught by instructors with work experience

Applicable How instructors' work experience benefits the course
The lecturer in charge of this course has plenty of experiences on design, construction and research in the construction company, so the students can learn the seismic engineering from the practical point of view.


Performance based design, design ground motions, nonlinear seismic response analysis, seismic performance improvement technology, BCP

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the lecture, explain mainly the technical background of design standards and the parts not explicitly stated in standards, with actual damage cases and experiment examples.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Brief introduction of the contents in the course and seismic damage of reinforced concrete structures and past experimental study
Class 2 Seismic performance of reinforced concrete structures and seismic retrofit method for reinforced concrete structures
Class 3 Seismic design of bridges and design of isolated and vibration controlled bridges
Class 4 Design of superstructure of bridges and design for wind load
Class 5 BCP (Business Continuous Plan) and seismic design
Class 6 Practical example
Class 7 Exercise Presentation about seismic related phenomenon described in the lecture and its countermeasures

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.


Lecture notes will be handed out in each lecture.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Japan Society of Civil Engineers: Seismic design introduction to help you practice (in Japanese), ISBN978-4-8106-0731-4
Kazuhiko KAWASHIMA: Battle against earthquake – Why were the bridges vulnerable to earthquake (in Japanese), ISBN978-4-306-02464-9
Kazuhiko KAWASHIMA: Earthquake Engineering (in Japanese), ISBN978-4-306-02497-7

Assessment criteria and methods

Exercise (60%), Report (40%).

Related courses

  • CVE.A432 : Practical Seismic Design I

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


Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

SASAKI, Tomohiro sasaki.tomohiro[at]obayashi.co.jp

Office hours

After each class


Recommend to complete Practical Seismic Design I.

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