short course



Specifications, Analysis & Design of

Earthquake-Resistant Structures


                November 37, 2001



  The course is designed to introduce engineering issues that are deemed essential to proper design and assessment of structures to resist earthquake effects.  It is well known that frequent and random occurrences of seismic activities almost always result in massive loss of lives and destructions of structures.  Therefore, it is imperative that engineers involved in the design of structures have adequate understanding of earthquake effects on structures and how aseismic designs of structures should be performed to minimize human and property losses.  Content of this course will enable the participants to develop the required skills to study and design structures (R/C and steel) for earthquake effects with and without computers.  Engineering specifications, methods of analysis, and design are emphasized in this course.





  The outline of the course will include the following topics:


(1)  Seismic zones and predictions of earthquakes.

(2)  Basics of earthquake engineering.

(3)  Effects of earthquakes on structures.

(4)  Methods of dynamic structural analysis.

(5)      Behavior & design of framed concrete structures/joints under earthquake actions.

(6) Behavior & design of framed steel structures/joints under earthquake actions.

(7)  Geotechnical investigations.

(8)  Seismic response & design of foundations.

(9)  Specifications for seismic design of concrete and steel structures/joints.

(10) Design of earthquake-resistant tall buildings.

(11) Computer-based analysis and design of structures under earthquakes.



  The course materials will be presented in four sessions daily.  Sessions of the course will be a combination of lectures, group discussions and tutorial sessions to familiarize the participants with computer and experimental testing of structures.



  Sessions of the course are held from Saturday to Wednesday, 3-7 November, 2001.  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 14 (Auditorium 111).  Computer tutorial sessions will be held in the PC laboratory of the department of Civil Engineering.



  The course will be taught by five faculty 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 from the industry.  The faculty have diversified experiences of teaching, research and industry experience.



  The College of Applied Engineering at KFUPM will award each participant with at least 80 percent attendance of all sessions certificates of successful completion of the course.



  The course registration fee is SR 3500 per participant for early registration and SR 3700 for late 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, Practicing Engineers, and Graduate Students [with an Engineering Degree B.Sc., or its equivalent] are invited to complete the attached application form and return it to the following address:


Continuing Education Program & Educational Services

  King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals

  KFUPM Box 5026

  Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

  Phone: (03) 860-2981

  FAX : (03) 860-4770/2341



  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

  Phones: (03) 860-2570 & (05) 480-3357

  FAXes:  (03) 860-2570 & (03) 860-2987




  Prospective participants should make arrangements for their travels and accommodations as the course fee does not include boarding and lodging.  The King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals has arrangements with few local hotels to provide participants in the course with special discount rates:


Dhahran International Hotel (Phone: 03-894-8555)

Ramada Hotel (Phone: 03-891-5444)

The Meridian (Phone: 03-864-6000)


You are advised to call and arrange for your hotel reservation to qualify for special discount rates.