03 Jul 2018 (Tue) - 04 Jul 2018 (Wed)


9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Level 13-06, Menara MBMR, No.1, Jalan Syed Putra
58000 Kuala Lumpur

  1. Participants are required to bring their own laptops with networking capability.
  2. Training License will be provided.
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Course Objective

The two-day course aims to equip the participants with the necessary technical expertise and software skills for advanced seismic analysis and design of buildings in Malaysia per EC8 (Malaysia National Annex).

Participants are assumed to have basic knowledge of structural dynamics (through short course or workshop) and familiar with ETABS software. The emphasis of the course will thus be on detailed implementation of EC8 design code permitted methods and use of computer software ETABS v2016.

Key concepts in correct and effective modelling of buildings will be demonstrated with focus on Lateral Force Method (static) and Response Spectrum Method (linear dynamics). Advanced analysis methods such as Nonlinear Pushover Analysis, Dynamic Response History Analysis and Performance Based Design will also be discussed. Participants will be guided through hands-on examples for seismic analysis and design of several realistic building examples including multi-towers building and irregular-shape RC buildings.

While the emphasis is on EC8 for Malaysia, the knowledge and skills learned will also be useful for design of overseas projects with seismic requirements.

Course Outline

1. Review of Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Design Philosophy

  1. Fundamentals of structural dynamics
  2. Elastic response spectrum
  3. Effects of earthquakes on buildings
  4. Earthquake design philosophy
  5. EC8 and Singapore National Annex documents
  6. No-collapse and damage limitation requirements
  7. Design response spectrum
  8. Ductility and behaviour factor
  9. Structural irregularity in plan and elevation
  10. Demonstration examples of structural dynamics
    (SDOF and MDOF systems)

    1. Resonance and effects of damping
    2. From earthquake ground motion to elastic response spectrum

2. Important concepts on creating a good building model for FE analysis

  1. FEM overview
  2. Modeling RC joints stiffness
  3. Modeling cracked section properties
  4. Staged construction for transfer system
  5. Understanding building response with modal analysis
  6. P-Delta analysis
  7. Modeling for geometric imperfections
  8. Rigid and semi-rigid diaphragms
  9. Principles of capacity design
  10. Preferred structural framing for seismic analysis
    1. Strong-column and weak-beam
    2. Ductile failure vs brittle failure

3. Modeling, analysis and design a 28-storey RC building for seismic effects

  1. Irregularity checks
  2. Second-order effects & imperfections
  3. Natural frequencies, mode shapes, effective modal mass
  4. Inherent and accidental torsions
  5. Lateral force method of analysis
  6. Modal response spectrum analysis
  7. Modal and directional combinations
  8. Combination of actions for member design
  9. Inter-storey drift check
  10. Different RC Detailing requirements and their impact on design forces.

4. Seismic analysis and design of complex buildings

  1. Multi-tower building
  2. Building with PT floors
  3. Building with flexible foundation
  4. Irregular building with semi-rigid diaphragm

5. Alternative ways to design for seismic effects

  1. Dissipative structure (medium ductility class)
  2. Base isolation with rubber bearings for critical buildings
  3. Basic concepts of performance-based seismic evaluation for existing buildings
    1. Static push-over analysis
    2. Dynamic response history analysis

Speaker Profile

Prof. Dr. Er. Koh Chan Ghee
PhD, M.S., M.Eng, B.Eng, P.Eng. (S’pore), MASCE, SrMIES

Professor C. G. Koh obtained his Ph.D in 1986 from the University of California at Berkeley. He is currently the Director of Centre for Hazards Research of the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore. His research interests include computational and experimental dynamics, vibration isolation and mitigation, structural system identification, and offshore/marine engineering.

Professor C. G. Koh has been actively involved in research and consultancy mainly on structural dynamics problems. He has been engaged as technical advisor and consultant in more than 70 industrial projects (in Singapore and the region). The projects include major infrastructure developments such as train-track systems, high-tech plants, tall buildings (earthquake and wind), cable nets and offshore systems. He has also conducted numerous short courses (public and in-house) on structural dynamics and seismic analysis.

Choo, June ShyanP.E

Er. Choo is a Singapore Registered Professional Engineer with many years of consulting experience both in Singapore and USA. In USA, he was a consultant with Dietrich Industries, Inc. and designed many Light-gauge steel frame structures scattered over USA. He also spearheaded Dietrich Industries’s first IT project worth USD 4 millions which enable their engineers to model, analyse and design any steel structures in 3D with automatic shop drawing generation. In Singapore, he was a consultant at CPG Consultants Pte Ltd where he designed and supervised many building projects.

He is currently the Technical Director of Otte Group of Companies, which specializes in advanced and innovative IT solutions for Building, Structural and Geotechnical Engineering professionals. Er. Choo has extensive experience in computer-aided analysis and design with advanced engineering software. He has conducted numerous training courses and seminars in Singapore, Malaysia, and overseas.

Er. Choo graduated with Master of Public Works, and Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a Full Academic Merit Scholarship from University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He was awarded the Chi Epsilon (National Civil Engineering Honor Society, USA) scholarship in the Metropolitan District, the National Dean’s List and School of Engineering Dean’s List in his undergraduate studies in the same university.

Terms and Conditions

      1. Due to limited seats, registration is on a first-come-first-served basis. Training seats will be confirmed upon receipt of payment.
      2. Cancellation of registration notice must be made in writing if you are unable to attend. Course fee refund as follows: 
        • Notice received 14 days prior to course date – 90% refund.
        • Notice received 7 days prior to course date – 75% refund.
        • Cancellation will not be accepted if notice is received less than 7 days before the event; but a substitute delegate is welcomed at no extra charge