Lectures

Some people learn better through reading, some through watching. You don't have to choose here, each Lecture section has both full written explanations of the material & a full video Lecture!

We strongly recommend reading through the lectures first, attempting any practice problems, and then watching the video to make things click!

0: Intro to Seismic Exam

Get started here. Background exam information and statistics.

1: Earthquakes

Physical characteristics of earthquakes and relations to current design code.

2: Code Provisions

Background on the legal requirements related to structural engineering.

3: Site Conditions

Introduction of site parameters and how Earthquake Intensity is caled to specific locations.

4: Risk Categories

Seismic Design Philosophy and the way structures are classified based off societal importance.

5: Building Systems

Introduction to different vertical and lateral systems. Period determination of SDOF systems.

6: Ductility

Overview of ductility and its application to seismic design.

7: Base Shear

How to determine Seismic Base Shear per ASCE 7 provisions.

8: Force Distribution

The analytical procedure for determining seismic forces along the height of as structure.

9: Building Drift

Calculating building drift per ASCE 7 provisions.

10A: Flexible Diaphragms

Design forces and analysis of flexible diaphragms.

10B: Rigid Diaphragms

Design forces and analysis of rigid diaphragms. (Work in progress)

11: Irregularities / Redundancy

Work in progress

12: Nonstructural Component

Work in progress

13: Seismic Detailing

Work in progress