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Earthquake Design of Buildings and Structures: Beyond Design Codes

COURSE NO: S01-003
Earthquake Design of Buildings and Structures: Beyond Design Codes
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses the selection of structural systems, selection of the architectural/structural configurations and performance of nonstructural components during earthquakes.


Design codes provide no guidance on the selection of materials and systems used in buildings; they provide only criteria for their design once selected. For example, whether shear wall buildings or moment frame buildings are better suited for a particular soil condition is not specified in codes; it is up to the designer to make the selection and then design according to code requirements. The choice could affect building performance and cost, although both designs would be safe.


This 1 PDH online course is intended for civil and structural engineers interested in the earthquake design of buildings and structures.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Selection of structural systems for better seismic performance
  • Selection of architectural/structural configurations
  • Understanding the effect of nonstructural components such as masonry partitions and stairs on the earthquake response of buildings and structures
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Sections 5.1 to 5.4 (Pages 5-1 to 5-11) of the Federal Emergency Management Agency Report titled "Primer for Design Professionals: Communicating with Owners and Managers of New Buildings on Earthquake Risk (FEMA-389)".

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Earthquake Design: Beyond Design Codes (1.9 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 1 PDH credit. The quiz will be based on Sections 5.1 to 5.4 (Pages 5-1 to 5-11) of this FEMA publication.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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