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.

Programs Offered: MEng, MASc, PhD

Total Credit Requirements:

Credits
MEng: Core course requirement: 24-25
2Elective courses: 5-6
Total (minimum): 30
MASc: Core course requirement: 15-16
2Elective courses: 2-3
MASc thesis: 12
Total (minimum): 30
PhD1: Core course requirement: 10
2Elective courses: 20
PhD thesis: 0
Total (minimum): 30

1Note: for the PhD degree, credits shown are for all coursework beyond the Bachelor’s degree level; up to 18 credits of coursework exemptions may be approved for courses taken through a Master's degree.

2Note: for the Structural and Earthquake Engineering specialization, the elective course requirement generally entails additional graduate courses within this specialization – see below.

General Coursework Requirements

Coursework requirements fall into two categories:

  • Core course requirement.  This corresponds to specific courses or combinations of courses that must be taken in the manner specified.
  • Elective course requirement. The remaining course credit requirements may be met by selecting courses from additional courses available to meet the core course requirement, and/or by securing Specialty Advisor / Supervisor approval for other courses.

Please see the MEng / MASc / PhD requirements pages 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 approval of transfer credits for the MEng or MASc programs or of credit exemptions for the PhD program.

Specialization Course Requirements (MEng, MASc and PhD programs)

Core course requirements

 MEng:     CIVL 597-004 (Structural); and at least 8 graduate courses in Structural and Earthquake Engineering (see list below)

 MASc:     CIVL 597-004 (Structural); and at least 5 graduate courses in Structural and Earthquake engineering (see list below), including at least two of the courses CIVL 507, CIVL 537 and CIVL 518

PhD:       CIVL 597-004 (Structural); and all of the courses CIVL 507, CIVL 537 and CIVL 518

Elective course requirements 

Elective courses may be chosen from additional courses available to meet the core course requirement (see list below), or by securing Specialty Advisor / Supervisor approval for other courses.


Graduate Courses in Structural and Earthquake Engineering

Credits 

Term

CIVL 504 

Seismicity and Seismic Design Parameters

2

2

CIVL 505

Seismic Response of Structures

3

2

CIVL 506

Seismic Design of Concrete Structures

3

N/A1

CIVL 507

Dynamics of Structures I

3

1

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 511

Advanced Topics in Steel Structures

3

1

CIVL 513

Concrete Structures

3

2

CIVL 516

Behaviour of Timber Structures

3

2

CIVL 517

Advanced Topics in Timber Structures

3

N/A1

CIVL 518

Reliability and Structural Safety

3

1

CIVL 537

Computational Mechanics I

3

1

CIVL 538

Computational Mechanics II

3

N/A1

CIVL 539

Advanced Theory of Structures

3

N/A1

CIVL 598B

Earthquake Engineering

3

1

CIVL 598J

Bridge Engineering

3

1

CIVL 598M 

Design Masonry Structures

3

1

 1N/A Not Offered in 2019/20