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Seismic Design of Structures to Eurocode 8 CPPD

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Course overview

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 outcomes

Course outcomes

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



Prerequisite knowledge

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



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

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.

Module leaders

  • Professor Andreas Kappos

    Prior to joining City (in March 2013) Andreas Kappos was a Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2002; he first joined that Department as a lecturer in 1988, after having completed his PhD studies in 1986. In 1983-1984 he was a Visiting Research ...

  • Dr Agathoklis Giaralis

    Dr Agathoklis Giaralis graduated with a 5-year Diploma in Structural Engineering from the Department of Civil Engineering of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki-Greece in July, 2003. He subsequently received from the same Department an MSc in Earthquake Resistant Design of Structures in August, 2004. In the same year, he enrolled in the ...

  • Professor Ashraf Ayoub

    Professor Ashraf Ayoub obtained his MSc and PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of California-Berkeley, USA. While a post graduate student, his research work was selected as a finalist for the international Robert Melosh medal in finite element analysis awarded by the International Association of Computational Mechanics and Duke University. ...