Welcome to Earthquake Resistant Design Interactive  

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This course integrates information from various engineering and scientific disciplines in order to provide a rational basis for the design of earthquake-resistant structures. As such, the course touches upon pertinent information from engineering seismology, geotechnical engineering, economics, risk and reliability theory, and architecture in addition to advanced topics related to the dynamics and the analysis and design of structures.

The focus of the course is on buildings, bridges, industrial facilities and other types of structures that may in the event of a major earthquake be allowed to respond in the inelastic range. The course emphasizes a theoretical understanding of the fundamental factors influencing and controlling the response of these structures, and on the developments of effective, but simplified, design procedures capable of achieving specified performance goals.


This site is a PEER Graduate Course Module, as well as being the site for the UC Berkeley structural engineering course CE 227. The site was designed by Janise Rodgers, a graduate student researcher at PEER. Course content was developed by Stephen A. Mahin, Nishkian Professor of Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley.


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Questions and comments about the site should be directed to the webmaster. If you wish to contact those who worked on this project, click below for contact info.

Stephen A. Mahin          Janise Rodgers

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All site contents Copyright 1999-2000 Janise Rodgers and Stephen A. Mahin of the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California Berkeley, unless stated otherwise.