Structural & Earthquake Engineering

Structural Engineering

Structural engineering is the science and art of designing, analysing and constructing structures. Traditional civil engineering structures include buildings, bridges, towers, and dams designed to resist seismic, wind, and gravity forces. The analytical tools developed by structural engineers, e.g., numerical analysis methods, non-linear material models, reliability theory, can be applied to a much wider range of "structure" types.

Earthquake Engineering

Several areas of North America are prone to high seismic activity. While the greatest seismic risk is on the west coast, recent evidence indicates significant risk in other parts of the continent. Research has led to modern design methods that significantly reduce seismic risk for new structures. Unfortunately, many structures which exist today were constructed prior to these new methods being implemented and are thus deficient. In order to reduce the seismic risk to an acceptable level, many of these structures require extensive rehabilitation.

In response to strong demand from industry and government for advanced training in earthquake engineering and research, programs leading to cost-effective seismic design and retrofit methods, the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia has established a graduate program specializing in Earthquake Engineering. This program has evolved from well established graduate programs in Structural Engineering and Geotechnical Engineering.

Structural & Earthquake Engineering Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students should consult with their research supervisor or the specialty advisor.

M.A.Sc.:

Course Credits

(18)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

M.Eng.:

Course Credits

(30)

  (Consult with a Faculty Member or Group Leader)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Course Credits

(30)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis Credits

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits

(30)

  (Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

 

Prerequisites: Students who have not taken the following undergraduate UBC Civil Courses (or equivalents) should consider auditing or registering for the following courses for credit (upon approval from their supervisor or specialty advisor): CIVL 432 – Steel Structures, CIVL 433 – Concrete Structures and Civil 436 – Matrix Structural Analysis and Dynamics.

Students must register for a minimum of 12 credits of Civil Graduate Level Courses (500-level and above, excluding M.A.Sc. thesis credits).  Programs may be tailored to fit the needs of each individual; however, it is expected that courses will be selected primarily from the following lists.   

Core Courses (Required for all programs)
Credits
Term

CIVL 5971

Structural Seminar (Section 004)

1

1/2

CIVL 507 

Dynamics of Structures I

3

1

CIVL 518 

Reliability and Structural Safety

3

1

CIVL 537 

Computational Mechanics I

3

1

Design Courses2:

CIVL 505 

Seismic Response of Structures

3

2

CIVL 511

Advanced Topics in Steel Structures

3

1

CIVL 513 

Concrete Structures

3

2

CIVL 516 

Behaviour of Timber Structures

3

1

1Students register only once for the course, but must attend seminars for the duration of their program. Attendance is mandatory!

2   Graduate students in Structural and Earthquake Engineering must take at least one Design course. Alternative course plans must be approved by the Supervisor or Group Leader. .

Approved Elective Courses
Credits
Term

CIVL 435

Advanced Structural Analysis

3

2

CIVL 504 

Seismicity and Seismic Design Parameters

2

2

CIVL 508 

Dynamics of Structures II

3

2

CIVL 509

Nonlinear Structural Analysis

3

2

CIVL 510 

Behaviour of Steel Structures

3

Not offered

CIVL 517

Advanced Topics in Timber Structures

3

2

CIVL 538

Computational Mechanics II

3

2

CIVL 580

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

3

1

CIVL 598D

Innovative Structural Systems

3

2

Other Electives (Check availability with individual groups/departments)
Credits
Term

CIVL 521 

Construction Methods and Performance

3

2

CIVL 526 

3D Modeling, Cost Estimating and Construction Planning

3

2

CIVL 527 

Specialized Concretes

2

Not offered

CIVL 529 

Condition Assessment & Rehabilitation of Civil Infrastructure

2

1

CIVL 581 

Soil Dynamics for Design Practice

3

2

FRST 576 

Advanced Wood Mechanics

3

1

MECH 515 

Finite Element Analysis of Non-linear and Field Problems

3

Not offered

MECH 561 

Linear Elasticity

3

Not offered

MTRL 494 

Composite Materials

3

2

MTRL 585 

Topics in Fracture Mechanics

3

1