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 Requirements

Programs Offered: MEng, MASc, PhD

Total Credit Requirements:

credits
MEng: Core courses: 13
Elective courses (minimum): 17
Total (minimum): 30
MASc: Core courses: 13
Elective courses (minimum): 5
MASc thesis: 12
Total (minimum): 30
PhD1: Core courses: 13
Elective courses (minimum): 17
PhD thesis: 0
Total (minimum): 30

1Note: for the PhD degree, credits shown are for all coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level.

Specific Course Requirements

These are given in the following table for all three programs in the specialization – the MEng, MASc and PhD programs.  Courses to be taken include Core Courses that must be completed, Approved Elective Courses that contribute to the remaining course credit requirement, and Pre-/Co-requisite Courses that should have been taken prior to entry to the program, but that, if taken, do not contribute to the total credit requirement.  Please see MEng Requirements, MASc Requirements or PhD requirements as appropriate for the associated coursework regulations.  These include the need for the Coursework Plan to be approved by the Research Supervisor or Specialty Advisor prior to registering in courses, specific registration/attendance requirements re. CIVL 597, requirements for the approvals of prior course / transfer credits or course exemptions (PhD program only), and the selection of elective courses.

 

Pre-/Co-requisite Courses 

Credits 

Term

CIVL 432

Advanced Structural Steel Design

3

1

CIVL 433

Advanced Concrete Design

3

2

CIVL 436

Matrix Structural Analysis and Dynamics

3

1

 

Core Courses

Credits 

Term

CIVL 507

Dynamics of Structures I

3

1

CIVL 518

Reliability and Structural Safety

3

2

CIVL 537

Computational Mechanics I

3

1

CIVL 597-004

Graduate Seminar (Structural)

1

1 & 2

One of the following four design courses:

 

 

CIVL 505

Seismic Response of Structures

3

2

CIVL 511

Advanced Topics in Steel Structures

3

2

CIVL 513

Concrete Structures

3

2

CIVL 516

Behaviour of Timber Structures

3

2

 

Total core-course credits:

13

 

 

Approved Elective Courses

Credits 

Term

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

N/A1

CIVL 517

Advanced Topics in Timber Structures

3

N/A

CIVL 521 

Construction Methods and Performance

3

2

CIVL 526 

Virtual Design and Construction

3

2

CIVL 527 

Specialized Concretes

2

N/A

CIVL 529 

Condition Assessment & Rehab of Civil Infrastructure

2

1

CIVL 538

Computational Mechanics II

3

2

CIVL 580

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

3

1

CIVL 581 

Soil Dynamics for Design Practice

3

2

[Also CIVL 505, 511, 513 and/or 516, if not taken re. core course requirements] 

 

FRST 576 

Advanced Wood Mechanics

3

1

MECH 515 

Finite Element Anal of Non-linear & Field Problems

3

N/A

MECH 561 

Linear Elasticity

3

1

MTRL 585

Topics in Fracture Mechanics

3

1

Approved Undergraduate Electives:

 

 

CIVL 435

Advanced Structural Analysis

3

2

MTRL 494

Composite Materials

3

2

 

1N/A – not offered in 2017/18.