Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:00

Faculty Seminar with Carlos Ventura: The Art and Science of Earthquake Engineering

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Join your fellow Applied Science faculty, staff and students in attending The Art and Science of Earthquake Engineering, a faculty seminar presented by Professor Carlos Ventura of Civil Engineering. Please RSVP to to allow us to prepare for the size of the audience.


During the last three decades, we have learned important lessons from earthquakes that have occurred in urban areas around the world. Today we have a better understanding of how the earthquake mechanism and soil conditions affect the seismic response of buildings and their contents.  The purpose of this talk is to provide a better understanding of the seismic risk in BC. This will be done by considering the following topics: the causes and types of earthquake; the effects of earthquakes on buildings and bridges and other types of structures; how do we learn from earthquakes in the laboratory, new technologies being developed at the EERF and the seismic risk in BC. It will be a semi-technical presentation with many interesting pictures and videos of actual earthquakes, and of laboratory and field experiments.


Dr. Carlos Ventura is a Civil Engineer with specializations in structural dynamics and earthquake engineering. He has conducted research on the effects of earthquakes for more than thirty years. His current research is focused on the development of performance-based guidelines for seismic retrofit of schools.

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