Seismic Design of Structures to Eurocode 8  CPD

Please note: this course has now been cancelled for 2016. A decision on whether to run the course in 2017 is pending.

This two and a half day course is aimed at professional civil engineers interested in the seismic design of buildings, bridges and nuclear structures. It consists of a total of 11 lectures and covers the basics of structural dynamics and engineering seismology, which are necessary for understanding the background of seismic design provisions of modern codes. There are also a number of advanced topics, including seismic design of ‘non-building’ structures and performance-based design.

People having attended the course will be able to apply Eurocode 8 to the seismic design of buildings, bridges and nuclear structures.

Course Information

Dates and Fees to be confirmed

Tutor Info

The course tutors are Prof Andreas J Kappos, Dr Agathoklis Giaralis, Prof Ashraf Ayoub, Prof Cedric D’Mello and Dr Feng Fu - all from the School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering at City, University of London.

All tutors are experts in Earthquake Engineering, Structural Dynamics and Seismic Design of Structures, and have published extensively in the field.

The course coordinator was a member of the project team that prepared the final draft of Part 1 of the Code, as well as the team that currently drafts the new Eurocode 8 Part 3. He is the Chairman of the BSI Committee B/525/8 Working Groups for Eurocode 8 Parts 2 and 3, as well as a member of the B/525/8 Committee. He also has experience in teaching Eurocode 8 related courses in the UK, Greece and The Netherlands.


Although the fundamentals of the dynamic response of structures to earthquakes will be covered in the course, a basic knowledge of Structural Analysis (material covered in most 3-year undergraduate programmes in the UK) is assumed for those wishing to attend the course

What will I learn?

The course is delivered in 11 modules (between 60 - 90 minutes each in length), along with time for reflection.

Sessions will cover the following:

  • Introduction to Engineering Seismology
  • Design seismic actions
  • Conceptual design of building structures
  • Analysis methods for seismic loading
  • Seismic design of buildings
  • Seismic design of bridges
  • Seismic design of nuclear structures
  • EC8 Provisions for steel structures
  • EC8 Provisions for Reinforced Concrete buildings I
  • EC8 Provisions for Reinforced Concrete buildings II
  • EC8 Provisions for composite structures

Teaching and Assessment

The course includes a total of 11 lectures spread over 2.5 days with an afternoon start on the first day. Each lecture lasts between 60 - 90 min. There will also be time for discussion and reflection.

There is no formal assessment.

Please note lunch will not be provided on the first day, but is provided on the Thursday & Friday. Refreshments will also be available during breaks on each day.

Accommodation is not included in the course fee. However, City, University of London is based in Central London (post code EC1V 0HB) and there are many accommodation options available nearby.


A full refund of the course fee will be given if written notification is received at least 14 days before the start of the course. No refunds will be given with less than 14 days written notice. Refunds will be made as soon as possible following cancellation, or within thirty (30) days at the latest.

City, University of London reserves the right to cancel a course (if, for example, there are insufficient numbers). If this occurs, we will refund your course fee in full. Please note, refunds for other expenses (including accommodation and travel) cannot be made.

Recommended Reading

Penelis, G.G. and Kappos, A.J. (1997), Earthquake-resistant Concrete Structures. E & FN SPON (Chapman & Hall), London.

Booth, E. and Key, D. (2006) Earthquake design practice for buildings. Thomas Telford, London.

Fardis, M.N., Carvalho, E., Elnashai, A., Faccioli, E. Pinto, P. and Plumier, A., (2005) Designers' Guide to EN 1998-1 and 1998-5. Eurocode 8: Design Provisions for Earthquake Resistant Structures. Thomas Telford, London.

Penelis, G.G. and Penelis, G.G. (2014) Concrete buildings in seismic regions. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Leads To...

People having attended the course will be able to apply Eurocode 8 to the seismic design of buildings, bridges and nuclear structures. This course also contributes as a CPD activity for those that are required to log developmental activity in CPD portfolios.

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