University of Auckland Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research

University courses

The Centre for Earthquake Engineering Research contributes to teaching in the following courses offered by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

CIVIL727 - Dynamics of Structures in Earthquakes

CIVIL314 – Structural Dynamics

This course is intended to give students an understanding of the dynamic behaviour of structures and the means of predicting their response to the effects of vibrating machinery, traffic, wind and especially earthquakes. Subsequently, the basic principles of earthquake engineering will be mastered, including the effects of structural properties such as regularity and symmetry on seismic response, and the roles of ductility, damping and isolation in mitigating earthquake damage.

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CIVIL702 - Design Analysis for Earthquake Resistant Foundation

This course follows on from CIVIL421 - Foundation Engineering and will extend foundation design knowledge to cover the demands coming from earthquake loading. The material presented will be of interest to those with a geotechnical engineering background and also those with a structural engineering background.

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CIVIL710 – Advanced Structural Dynamics

This course builds on preliminary concepts of structural dynamics that are taught in the undergraduate course CIVIL314 and is intended to provide background for both graduate research students and advanced consulting engineers. Although the subject by nature is mathematical, wherever possible a practical presentation of the material is implemented.

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CIVIL714 – Multistorey Building Design

The object of the course is to give the students an understanding of the basic concepts involved in multi-storey design of the gravity and seismic-resisting system.

The emphasis is on developing an understanding of fundamental behaviour, so that the application of the requirements of the loadings and materials standards can be understood. It also teaches preliminary design and final design procedures for multi-storey buildings, allowing students to undertake preliminary design without initially knowing member sizes or requiring complex computer analysis.

The project has an important second objective of reinforcing material covered in previous structural mechanics and design papers, including a brief introduction to modal and time history analysis methods.

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CIVIL719 – Matrix Structural Analysis

The philosophy is to provide:

  1. An understanding of the principles of the Direct Stiffness Method for structural analysis, the basis of most structural and finite element analysis programs.
  2. Experience in the application of a commercial structural analysis program (SAP2000) that implements the direct stiffness method, to a range of practical structures. An introduction to modelling techniques – overcoming some of the problems and pitfalls.
  3. An introduction to the matrix formulation and solution of linear, nonlinear, stability and dynamic problems.


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CIVIL720 – Earthquake Engineering

The course is divided between an introduction to structural engineering aspects of seismic design and engineering seismology. The course begins with basic dynamics and endeavours to provide a means of understanding earthquake forces and seismic effects on civil infrastructure. The work on engineering seismology covers the origins of earthquake motion at a site and estimation of seismic hazard. The engineering seismology section provides a means of understanding the background to the development of the code NZS 1170.5.

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CIVIL725 – Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

Seismic considerations are a significant factor in the design of much of the infrastructure in seismically active countries like New Zealand. This course combines the fundamental ideas learned in previous geomechanics courses (Geomechanics 1, Geomechanics 2, Introductory Engineering Geology) and apply these ideas in analysing and understanding the seismic effects on soil structures.

Various concepts, theories and practices of modern geotechnical earthquake engineering will be introduced. In this course, the student will get an overall view of the nature of seismic hazards, the methods used to assess their impacts on society and the techniques available to mitigate their damaging effects.

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