short course


Earthquake-Resistant Designs of Concrete and Steel Structures


April 5-9, 2003



  The course outline is devised to emphasize the design requirements that should be properly satisfied for a structure to be truly earthquake resistant. It has long been accepted that frequency and spatial distributions of earthquakes are random processes and that reliable long-term methods of earthquake predictions are presently not available. Under such circumstances, the importance of proper seismic designs to minimize the severity and massiveness of human calamities and destructions of structures can not be overemphasized. It is, therefore, highly imperative that engineers and designers of structures have adequate understanding of earthquake effects on structures and be fully cognizant of the specifications for earthquake-resistant designs. For this purpose, the course contents have been selected to enable each participant to develop the required working skills to study and design reinforced and steel structures for simulated earthquake effects.  



The short-course includes the following main topics:


(1)        Analysis of Earthquake Ground Motions.

(2)        Studies on Earthquake Predictions and Zones.

(3)        Ground Motion and Response Spectra Methods.

(4)        Principles of Earthquake-Resistant Designs.

(5)        Soil and Foundation Design Considerations.

(6)        Analysis of Seismic Response of Structures.

(7)        Earthquake-Resistant Architectural Designs.

(8)        Basic Analysis and Design of Steel Structures.

(9)        Specifications for Seismic Design of Steel    Structure Members and Joints.   

(10)    Basic Analysis and Design of R/C Structures.

(11)    Specifications for Seismic Design of R/C       Structure Members and Joints.

(12)    Seismic Design of Bridges.

(13)    Seismic Upgrading of Existing Structures.

(14)    Computer Applications for Seismic Analysis   and   Design of Structures.



   The course materials will be presented in four sessions daily.  The daily sessions of the course will include a combination of lectures, group discussions, structural analysis, and design case studies with and without computer applications.




   Sessions of the course are held from Saturday to Wednesday, 5-9 April, 2003.  Daily, the first session starts at 8:30 a.m. and the last session ends at 4:00 p.m.  The schedule will include 30 minutes breaks for refreshments in the morning and afternoon and 1 hour lunch break.



   Sessions of the course will be held in building 20 (Auditorium 002).  Computer tutorial sessions will be held in the PC laboratory of the department of Civil Engineering.



   The course will be taught by selected faculty-members of the departments of Civil Engineering and Earth Sciences at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, one faculty from the department of Civil Engineering at King Saud University, Riyadh, and one highly qualified professional engineer with relevant industrial experience. The faculty of this short-course have diversified experiences of teaching, research and industry experience.



   The College of Applied Engineering at KFUPM will award the short-course certificate to each participant who successfully completes 90 percent of the short-course sessions.



   The course registration fee is SR 4500 per participant for early registration. The fee will cover all course materials, including notes, some design softwares, refreshments, daily lunch and graduation luncheon.  Payments of this fee should be made by certified checks payable to King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran.



   Engineering Consultants, Designers, Practicing Engineers [with Engineering Degree (B.Sc. or its equivalent)] are eligible to complete the attached application form and return it to:


Deanship of Education Services &

Continuing Education Programs

   King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

    KFUPM Box 5026

    Dhahran 31261, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    Phone: (03) 860-1234/2981/3998

    FAX: (03) 860-4770/2341

For planning purposes, the application forms should be processed as soon as possible but not later than Monday 2nd March, 2003 in order to qualify for the normal registration fees for the short-course.



   Extra information about the course can be obtained from the course coordinator:

   Dr. Saeid A. Alghamdi (Course Coordinator)

   Department of Civil Engineering

   King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

   KFUPM Box 1896

   Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

   Phone: (03) 860-2570 or (05) 480-3357

   FAX:   (03) 860-2570 or (03) 860-2987




   Prospective participants should make arrangements for their travels and accommodations as the course fee does not include boarding and lodging.  The public relations office at King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM) has made arrangements with several local hotels to provide participants in the course with discounted rates. Each participant should call one of the following hotels:


   Ramada Hotel-Dhahran [Phone: 03-891-5444].

   Dhahran International Hotel [Phone: 03-894-8555].

   The Meridian-Khobar [Phone: 03-864-6000]


in order to qualify for the special discount rates.


   For additional information and more guidance you may also call the public relations office at KFUPM on Phone 03-860-3100.
























(a)   Ductile Design.   (b) Non-ductile Design.