Performance-based Seismic Design of Tall Reinforced Concrete Buildings


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Earn .7 Continuing Education Units / 7.0 Professional Development Hours


January 22, 2019

Sandman Vancouver City Centre
180 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 4P4

January 24, 2019

Sandman Calgary City Centre
Great Room 2
888 7 Avenue SW
Calgary, AB T2P 3J3

January 25, 2019

Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex
Solarium is ETLC E2-100 Solarium East
University of Alberta
9107-116 St
Edmonton, AB T6G 2V4

February 14, 2019

Sandman Toronto Airport Hotel
Longbranch A Room
55 Reading Court
Toronto, ON M9W 7K7

February 15, 2019

Holiday Inn Ottawa East
Frobisher Room
1199 Joseph Cyr Street
Ottawa, ON K1J 7T4

February 18, 2019

Plaza Garden Inn
Salle James McGill ABC
380 Sherbrooke Ouest
Montreal, QC H3A 0B1

February 19, 2019

Hôtel Quartier
Salle Quartier 1
2955 boulevard Laurier
Quebec, QC G1V 2M2

November 15, 2018

Early bird up to October 19th

Université de Moncton
Local A232 – Pavillon Jeanne-de-Valois
68 rue Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Coeur
Moncton, NB

The Abstract

This course covers detailed information from the conception to the final design of a Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall building using a performance-based seismic design (PBSD) approach.  It will include hands-on experience in the application of PBSD on several building projects on the West Coast of USA.  This course will go over the concept of PBSD, its development and key aspects of the general approach. It will continue with an overview of the latest PBSD guidelines currently used and a brief review of current code requirements and how they differ from the PBSD approach.

PBSD is based on a series of performance checks. The first performance check is at the building service level under both earthquake and wind loads. This performance measure is easy to implement as it is similar to a code-based modeling approach with some important modifications to modeling and acceptance criteria. The second performance level is to reduce the chances of collapse of a building under a major earthquake. This major event is defined in the ASCE 7-10 as the Maximum Credible Earthquake or MCEr.  This second performance is well understood in the research environment but still proves a challenge for the engineering practice.

This course will go over key modeling steps of both linear and nonlinear components, processing the input and output information, design aspects that could potentially be improved during the analysis, and detailing aspects that differ from a code-based seismic design.

The Content

  1. PBSD Criteria
    • Current Regulations in USA
    • Performance Objectives
    • Earthquake Hazards
    • General Modeling Aspects
    • Performance Criteria
    • Deliverables
    • Review Process
    • Instrumentation
  2. Service Level Check Example
    • Modeling Aspects
    • Performance Check
  1.  Collapse-prevention Check Example
    • Modelling Aspects (Nonlinear components and Fiber Elements)
    • Typical responses
      • Shear in Walls
      • Hysteresis loops for coupling beams
      • Slab-Column rotation
      • Diaphragm actions
      • Deformations
    • Performance Checks
    • Post-processing – the future of PBSD

The Instructor

Freddy Pina, Ph.D., P.Eng. is the President of PBRV Consulting Ltd., a Canadian company that offers professional services to local structural engineering firms with the main focus being in the seismic design of tall buildings using a performance-based design approach and in the assessment of the potential risk of failure or damage of existing buildings in BC.  Dr. Pina has been involved in the seismic design of more than twenty tall buildings in the west coast of the USA and Canada, as well as in the seismic risk assessment of several existing buildings in BC and California.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia teaching courses related to the structural design of steel buildings and dynamic analysis of structures. Freddy serves as an active member of the SEABC Certificate program, teaching and coordinating several courses related to earthquake engineering.

Fees and Registration

  • 7:45 Registration
  • 8:30 Start of Session
  • 10:00 Coffee Break
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Coffee Break
  • 16:30 End of Session

Group Rates (3 and more) are available upon request.

Cancellation & Substitution
Cancellation requests received more than 14 calendar days before the start of the course will receive a full refund minus a $50 administration fee.
Cancellation requests received within the 14 days prior to the start of the course will be non-refundable.
CSCE reserves the right to cancel any course and will, in such event, fully refund all registration fees.
Any registrant may substitute another person eligible for the same fee at any time prior to the start of the course.

Additional information


Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec, Toronto, Vancouver

Ticket Type

CSCE Members, New Members, Non-members, Students