Bio

Dr. Mehrtash Motamedi, P.Eng. is Research Associate and Engineering Manager at the Department of Civil Engineering. He is an expert in seismic design and retrofitting of structures, and has 15 years of experience in experimental research projects in Earthquake and Structural Engineering area.

Dr. Motamedi joined the Department of Civil Engineering in 2007 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow and started working as research associate in 2012. He currently manages the EERF research facility and commercial testing projects in the Earthquake and Structures Laboratories. His focus is mainly on shake table and field ambient vibration tests.

Research Interests

Seismic design and retrofitting of structures, structural seismic health monitoring, experimental studies, shake table and field vibration tests, base isolation and energy dissipating systems, masonry buildings.

Publications

  • Motamedi, M., Ventura, CE., Katebi, L., Mendler, M., “Shear Wave Velocity Measurement for Seismic Site Characterization Using Ambient Vibration Tests”, IMAC XL, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Orlando, FL, USA, (2022).
  • Pan, Y., Ventura, CE., Bebamzadeh, A., Motamedi, M., “Modeling of a shake‐table tested retrofitted wood‐frame building subjected to subduction ground motions”, Earthquake Engineering & Structural Dynamics, (2021).
  • Tahmassebi, AH., Motamedi, M., Alavi, AH., Gandomi, AH., “An explainable prediction framework for engineering problems: Case studies in reinforced concrete members modeling”, Engineering Computations, (2021).
  • Motamedi, M., Allahdadian, S., Katebi, L., Mendler, A., Kaya, Y. and Ventura C. E., “Using Ambient Vibration Tests and Modal Analysis for Model Updating of a Highway Bridge in Canada”, 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Sendai, Japan, (2021).
  • Motamedi, M., Ventura, C.E., Taylor, G. and Bebamzadeh, A., “Shake Table Testing of a Light Wood-frame Classroom in British Columbia, Canada”, 17th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Sendai, Japan, (2021).
  • Dahmardeh, S., Motamedi, M. and Aziminezhad, A., “A study on the effects of torsional component of ground motions on seismic response of low‐and mid‐rise buildings”, The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings-Wiley, 29 (4), (2020).
  • Motamedi, M., Ventura, C.E., Lara, O., and Barredo, J.H., “Ambient Vibration Tests and Modal Response Analysis of Guayaquil Metropolitan Cathedral in Guayaquil, Ecuador”, IMAC 38, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Houston, TX, USA, (2020).
  • Dahmardeh, S., Motamedi, M. and Aziminezhad, A., “Effect of Torsional Component of Earthquakes on Response of Symmetric and Asymmetric Buildings”, Structures and Buildings, Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers, (2019).
  • Motamedi, M., Ventura, C.E. and Taylor, G., “Shake Table Testing of a Full Scale Wood Frame Building Considering the Ground Motion Duration”, 12th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Quebec City, QB, Canada, (2019).
  • Mohseni, A., Motamedi, M., Ventura, CE., Lewis, J., “Shake Table Testing of a Unique Restraint System for Seismic Rehabilitation of Nonstructural Components“, 12th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Quebec City, QB, Canada, (2019).
  • Motamedi, M. ,Ventura, C.E., Adebar, P., and Murugavel, R. A., “Ambient Vibration Tests and Modal Response Analysis of an Old Age High-rise Building in Downtown Vancouver, Canada”, IMAC 37, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Orlando, FL, USA, (2019).
  • Motamedi, M. ,Ventura, C.E. “System Identification of a Full Scale Wood Frame Building Specimen Subjected to Shake Table Tests”, IMAC 37, Society of Experimental Mechanics, Orlando, FL, USA, (2019).
  • Motamedi, M., and Nateghi-A., F., “A Study on Mechanical Characteristics of Accordion Metallic Dampers”, Journal of Constructional Steel Research, Elsevier., Volume 142, Issue 1, (2018).
  • Motamedi, M. , Turek, M., Ventura, C.E. and Taylor, G., “Shake Table Testing of a Full-scale Low-rise Wood Frame School Building in British Columbia”, 11th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Los Angeles, USA, (2018).
  • Motamedi, M. ,Ventura, C.E. “Shake Table Testing of an Energy Dissipating System Applied to Braced Steel Frames” 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Tessaloniki, Greece, (2018).
  • Motamedi, M. ,Ventura, C.E. and Erdevicki, D., “Testing a Repairable Lateral Resisting System Applied to Braced Steel Frames”, 16th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Santiago, Chile, (2017).
  • Motamedi, M. and Ventura, C.E., “Inelastic Response of Steel Roof Diaphragms with Nailed and Welded Connections”, Engineering Structures, Elsevier, Volume 117, (2016).
  • Heristchian, M. and Motamedi, M., “Tensile Behavior of Embeded Steel Sections with End Plates”, Journal of Structural Engineering, ASCE, Volume 141, Issue 10, (2015).
  • Heristchian, M. and Motamedi, M., “Tensile Behaviour of Tapered Embedded Column Bases”, Asian Journal of Civil Engineering, BHRC, Vol. 15, No, 4 (2014).
  • Motamedi, M. and Kakoulvand, H., “Evaluation of A Retrofit Solution Used for Concrete Masonry Walls with Large Openings Using FEM Nonlinear Analysis”, 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, (2012).
  • Motamedi, M. and Hafezi, M., “Analytical Study of Steel Ring Connections as Hysteretic Metallic Damper”, 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, (2012).
  • Motamedi, M. and Unesi, A., “Seismic Evaluation of Out-of-plane Performance of Masonry Walls Using Floor Response Spectrum”, 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, (2012).
  • Torbat, M., Nateghi-A., F. and Motamedi, M., “Experimental and Analytical Study of Multilayer Accordion Metallic Damper”, 15th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal, (2012).
  • Motamedi, M., and Ventura, C.E., “In-Plane Monotonic and Cyclic Testing of Steel Roof Deck Diaphragms with Nailed and Welded Connections”, 9th US and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Toronto, Canada, (2010).
  • Motamedi, M., Ventura, C.E., Taylor, G. and Centeno, J., “Shake Table Testing of A Proposed Seismic Retrofit of Non-Load Bearing Concrete Masonry Walls”, 14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ohrid, Macedonia, (2010).
  • Motamedi, M., Ventura, C.E. and Centeno, J., “An Experimental Study on Seismic Inelastic Response of Steel Roof Deck Diaphragms with Nailed and Welded Connections”, 14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ohrid, Macedonia, (2010).
  • Aghabeigi, H. and Motamedi, M., “Using A Simplified Method for Seismic Evaluation of Masonry Buildings Based on Observation in Recent Earthquakes”, 14th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ohrid, Macedonia, (2010).
  • Izadi, E., Nateghi-A., F. and Motamedi, M., “Comparison of Behaviour Indices of Accordion Metallic Damper-Empty and Filled by Polymeric Foam under Cyclic Loading”, Modares Journal of Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran (2009).
  • Izadi, E., Nateghi-A., F. and Motamedi, M., “Analytical and Experimental Study of Seismic Behaviour of Accordion Metallic Damper filled by Hyper foam Materials”, International Journal of Engineering Science, Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran, Vol. 19, No.1-8 (2008).
  • Motamedi, M., Nateghi-A., F., “A Proposed Lateral Load Pattern Using Seismic Energy Distribution Along the Height of Buildings”, 14th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Beijing, China, (2008).
  • Motamedi, M., Nateghi-A., F., “Analytical Study of Using Accordion Metallic Dampers for Seismic Retrofitting of Buildings”, 9th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Ottawa, ON., Canada, (2007).
  • Motamedi, M., Aghabeigi, H., “Using Equivalent Frame Method on Evaluation of Damage Masonry Buildings in Recent Earthquakes in Iran”, 5th International Conference on Seismology & Earthquake Engineering (SEE5), International Institute of Earthquake Engineering & Seismology (IIEES), Tehran, Iran, (2007).
  • Motamedi, M., Nateghi-A., Ziaeefar, M. “Experimental Study of Application of Accordion Metallic Damper in Seismic Retrofitting of Steel Frames”, 5th International Conference on Seismology & Earthquake Engineering (SEE5), International Institute of Earthquake Engineering & Seismology (IIEES), Tehran, Iran, (2007).
  • Motamedi, M., Nateghi-A., F., Ziyaeefar, M., Karimi, M., “Study of Energy Dissipation in Accordion Thin-walled Tubes under Axial Cyclic Loading”, Esteghlal Journal of Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan, Iran, Vol. 26(2), (2006).
  • Motamedi, M., Nateghi-A., F., “Experimental Study of Accordion Metallic Dampers (AMD), ”13th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering and Seismology, Geneva, Switzerland, (2006).
  • Motamedi, M., Nateghi-A., F., “Study of Energy Dissipation Capacity in Accordion Metallic Dampers”, 8th US National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Sanfransisco, (2006).
  • Motamedi, M., Nasserasadi, K., S. Razzaghi, M., “Performance of Buildings during the December 26, 2003 Bam Earthquake, 250th Anniversary of Lisbon Earthquake (International conference), Lisbon, Portugal, pp 665-672, (2005).
  • Motamedi, M., Nateghi-A., F., “Using Accordion Thin Walled Tubes as a Hysteretic Metallic Dampers”, 13th World Conference on Earthquake Engineering, Vancouver, Canada, (2004).