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  • One-day Seminar: PERFORMANCE-BASED DESIGN – Dubai, UAE



    Performance Based Design (PBD) is a major shift from traditional structural design concepts and represents the future of earthquake engineering. These new procedures help assure that the design will reliably meet a desired level of performance during a given earthquake. The fundamental component of PBD is nonlinear dynamic analysis where an attempt is made to capture the real behavior of the structure by explicitly modeling and evaluating post-yield ductility and energy dissipation when subjected to actual earthquake ground motions.

    In this technology-packed seminar, Ashraf will present the theory and application of PBD in terms and analogies that are very familiar to the practicing structural engineer. Attendees will leave the seminar empowered with a clear understanding of this new technology. Ashraf will also talk about ETABS 2015, which introduces new special purpose algorithms for efficient and practical PBD.

    Sunday, November 22, 2015
    8:00am – 4:30pm
    Ritz Carlton, DIFC – Dubai, UAE

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    Seminar Schedule and Content…

    The seminar consists of four technical sessions with corresponding Q & A time at the end of each session.

    8:00am – 8:30am


    8:30am – 10:00am

    SESSION 1: Introduction

    • Why performance based design? why nonlinear analysis?
    • Why codes are inadequate for continued functionality
    • Designing complex buildings requiring code variances
    • Simulating real earthquakes and real behavior!
    • Why seismic loads are different from other loads
    • Why inelastic behavior is important for seismic resistance
    • Importance of energy dissipation and ductility
    • Why strength without ductility is useless
    • The equal displacement concept and implied nonlinear behavior
    • Comparison of strength-based and deformation-based design
    • Force is limited by yielding – design is for deformation
    • Performance-based design and performance levels
    • Nonlinear force deformation relationships
    • Performance measures and acceptance criteria
    • What is capacity design – training the structure to behave!
    • Steps for a good practical nonlinear analysis

     10:00am – 10:30am

    Refreshment Break

     10:30am – 12:00pm

    SESSION 2: Material Models

    • Details of force deformation relationships
    • Hysteresis loops and backbone curves
    • Stiffness and strength degradation
    • Hysteresis types – degradation paths
    • Discretized plasticity models and fiber hinge models
    • Modeling beams, columns and shear walls
    • Energy dissipation devices – defection-based and velocity-based
    • Rotation and strains as a performance measure
    • Steel and concrete – importance of confinement

     12:00pm – 1:15pm

    Lunch Break

     1:15pm – 2:30pm

    SESSION 3: Time History Analytical Procedures

    • Analytical procedures and numerical techniques
    • Nonlinear time history analysis and pushover analysis
    • Newton Raphson and constant stiffness iteration
    • Step-by-step and event-to-event
    • Details of time history analysis
    • Nonlinear step-by-step time history analysis
    • The fast nonlinear modal time history analysis – FNA
    • Closed form time integration and the power of Ritz vectors
    • Advantages and disadvantages of time history analysis
    • Artificial earthquakes – frequency and time domain

     2:30pm – 3:00pm

    Refreshment Break

     3:00pm – 4:00pm

    SESSION 4: Pushover Analytical Procedures

    • Pushover theory and correspondence with response spectrum!
    • Pushover curve and target displacement
    • Advantages and disadvantages of pushover analysis
    • Displacement control load control

     4:00pm – 4:30pm

    SESSION 5: PARTY TIME! Gift Drawing and Prizes


    *Seminar schedule and content subject to change.

    The seminar will address many basic questions associated with inelastic structural behavior. Such as….

    • What is a nonlinear material model?
    • What is the difference between ductile and brittle behavior?
    • How can a structure have more strength after yielding?
    • What is a moment, axial and shear plastic hinge?
    • What is a sacrificial element?
    • What is a hysteresis loop?
    • What is a fiber model?
    • What is a nonlinear event?
    • What is stiffness and strength degradation?
    • What is ductility and ductile limit?
    • What do we mean by element state determination during an analysis?
    • What is cyclic stiffness degradation?
    • What is meant by an unloading event in a nonlinear analysis?
    • What is Element State Determination?
    • What is material and geometric nonlinearity?
    • What is energy dissipation and why is it important?
    • What is the difference between yield and ductility and why is yielding without ductility useless?
    • Why is it important to recognize that yielding does not mean failure or collapse?
    • What is the difference between redundancy and resilience?
    • What is elastic work and plastic work and how is the difference important for seismic behavior?
    • What is a time-energy diagram and why is it so important in seismic design?
    • What is capacity design?
    • Why is allowing destruction of parts of a structure during an earthquake considered good engineering?
    • How can we train a structure to follow a predefined path of damage so that the critical components of the structure are spared and preserved?
    • Why is a nonlinear time history analysis important even for a regular high rise structure?
    • What is a sustained load and what is a cyclic load?
    • What is a mechanism and how is it possible that a mechanism that will collapse under a sustained load may not collapse under a cyclic load?
    • How is the FNA method used for nonlinear analysis if it is a mode-based superposition method considering the fact that any type of superposition is not possible in nonlinear analysis?
    • What is ASCE 41?
    • What is a performance measure and performance level and acceptance criteria?
    • What is a demand/capacity measure and a demand/capacity ratio?
    • Is a pushover analysis a static analysis or a dynamic analysis?
    • What is an Acceleration Displacement Response Spectrum (ADRS) and how is it used?


    About Ashraf Habibullah, S.E.ashraf-habibullah-2014

    Ashraf Habibullah, Registered Civil and Structural Engineer, is President and CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc. He founded CSI in 1975. Today, CSI is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in the development of software tools for structural and earthquake engineering. The software is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries. CSI products are also recognized as the standard tools for research and education worldwide and CSI has donated software to thousands of universities for teaching purposes. Through these donations, CSI has helped to ensure that the technology necessary to produce seismically-sound structures reaches everyone. Ashraf has led the development of CSI’s products for nearly four decades and has been very active as a consultant, researcher and educator, conducting international courses and seminars on analytical techniques and numerical methods used in software for Structural and Earthquake Engineering.