1-Day Course on Seismic Design of Buildings According to Malaysia National Annex

Date              :       Saturday, 9 September 2023

Time              :       9.00 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.

Venue            :       Grand Paragon Hotel, Johor Bahru

Speaker        :      Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohammadreza Vafaei, UTM



For decades Malaysia was considered a country with the least seismic activity. However, the 5th June 2015 earthquake in Sabah derived the attention of authorities and engineers to the seismic vulnerability of gravity-load-designed RC buildings in Malaysia and led to the development of Malaysia's national annex to Eurocode 8 in early 2017. Since then, several states like Sabah have adopted the national annex for the seismic design of new buildings. This one-day course is developed to make engineers familiar with the concept of seismic design and enable them to use the Malaysia national annex for the seismic design of buildings. At the beginning of this course, the important parameters in the seismic design of structures are explained and their effects on the seismic actions are discussed. Then, a brief explanation is given about the seismic hazard and how it is calculated and included in the design codes. Next, different lateral load-resisting systems used in buildings are discussed and their seismic response during past earthquakes are compared. After that, Eurocode 8’s seismic design requirements are explained and changes made in the national annex compared with Eurocode 8 are discussed. Then, a step-by-step seismic design guideline is presented and an example of seismic force calculation is provided. This course is prepared such that engineers that do not have any background in seismic design of structures can also benefit from it.  

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