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Seismic Isolated Structures: Concept, Review, Design and Worldwide Application

COURSE NO: S03-027
Seismic Isolated Structures: Concept, Review, Design and Worldwide Application
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides basic information on the concept and design of worldwide applications of seismic isolated structures.


It is well-known that seismic isolation increases the fundamental period of vibration of a building so that accelerations in the superstructure can be reduced significantly. This reduction is offset in terms of displacements, which increase substantially with the vibration period. However, in the presence of isolation devices, these displacements can be concentrated at the base of the building, while the superstructure behaves almost like a rigid body.


This course provides an introduction on the basic concepts of seismic isolation and on the applications to new strategic and public buildings, as well as to new residential buildings, pointing out the very good behavior shown by the seismically isolated structures during real seismic events. It also focuses on the retrofit of existing buildings, which represents the real challenge for the future. The most interesting applications on existing reinforced concrete, masonry and historic structures are also presented, pointing out the specific challenges for each case.


This 3 PDH online course is applicable to civil and structural engineers as well as other technical professionals who are interested in improving their knowledge on seismic isolated structures.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Familiarizing with the seismic isolation technique
  • Familiarizing with the types of base isolation devices
  • Gaining a general overview of the application of seismic isolation
  • Understanding the seismic isolation in masonry buildings
  • Learning about the retrofit of reinforced concrete buildings and retrofit of masonry and cultural heritage buildings
  • Understanding the importance of design codes in the seismic isolation of structures
  • Understanding the monitoring of seismic isolated buildings
  • Familiarizing with the 10 largest base-isolated buildings in the world
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Seismic Isolated Structures: Concept, Review, Design and Worldwide Application”, which is prepared by Ibrahim M. Metwally, Ph.D., P.E.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of fifteen (15) questions to earn 3 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

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