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Earthquakes, Structural Defects, Structural Damages, and Possible Solutions

COURSE NO: S02-038
Earthquakes, Structural Defects, Structural Damages, and Possible Solutions
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course presents a basic understanding of earthquakes and seismic waves along with their associated impact on structures and recommends structural solutions to minimize the impact of earthquakes on buildings.


This course starts off by presenting some statistics and background information about recent destructive earthquakes. It then shows the structure of the earth, explains plate tectonics and seismic waves, and discusses the effects of earthquakes on structures. In addition, this course examines the failure reasons for masonry building damage and evaluates lessons learned from previous earthquake damages.


This 2 PDH online course is applicable to structural and civil engineers as well as other technical professionals interested in learning about earthquake characteristics, the cause of damage that occurs in structures and how to address these issues effectively.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Familiarizing oneself with the most recent global occurrences of destructive earthquakes
  • Understanding the composition of the earth, plate tectonics, seismic waves, faults, and the impacts of earthquakes
  • Learning about the causes of failure in reinforced concrete (RC) buildings resulting from earthquakes
  • Knowing about the factors leading to failure in masonry buildings during earthquakes
  • Knowing the insights obtained from earthquake damage and failures observed in relation to this natural hazard
  • Learning various recommendations for mitigating earthquake damage
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “Earthquakes, Structural Defects, Structural Damages, and Possible Solutions”, prepared by Ibrahim M. Metwally, Ph.D.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of ten (10) questions to earn 2 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
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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