Student Short Course on Earthquake Resistant Design of Buildings

(a focused course to undergraduate students of Civil Engineering)

About the course

India has experienced several earthquakes in the past few decades, e.g. Bihar-Nepal border (M6.4) in 1988, Uttarkashi (M6.6) in 1991, Killari (M6.3) in 1993, Jabalpur (M6.0) in 1997, Chamoli (M6.8) in 1999, Bhuj (M6.9) in 2001, Sumatra (M8.9) and Kashmir (M7.6) in 2005. More than 1,00,000 fatalities occurred due to collapse of buildings during these events. The Indian Seismic Code IS: 1893 indicates that about 60% of country's land area is under threat of moderate to severe earthquake shaking. Even when the earthquake hazard is highlighted, the lack of knowledge on earthquake-resistant design and construction practices led to considerable damages when exposed to the earthquakes that occurred over the last 23 years. The professionals involved in building construction need to make more efforts towards safety of buildings during possible future earthquake, and eventually eliminate loss of life due to building collapses.

Building construction is booming in India. Before more buildings are built in seismic zones of the country with current methods of design and construction practices, the minimum expected effort is to make the new buildings earthquake-resistant. Several earthquake-safety related issues need attention in the planning, design and construction of these buildings. All these stem from the expected earthquake behavior of buildings. Some of these items are still unresolved even in countries with advanced seismic design provisions, like USA and Japan. Researchers worldwide are continuously working towards development of techniques for improving earthquake safety of buildings. In India, the effort is still in the nascent stages. Even though design codes exist in the country, they are not practiced as intended. Currently, achieving the code compliance is a major challenge for municipal bodies. Code compliance will get an impetus when building professionals internalize the need for earthquake safety. And, building professionals will be able to take ownership only through education.

About EERC

The large and rapidly growing urban seismic risk in India is a problem that needs to be quickly solved. Pre-disaster planning i.e., mitigation and preparedness can have a good impact on minimizing the post-disaster response i.e, emergency, rescue and rehabilitation. This also reduces tragedy and suffering to a great extent. Main reason for the casualties is collapse of buildings. In order to ensure the construction of safe building infrastructure, we need to address several issues. To contribute to some of the issues, IIIT Hyderabad established Earthquake Engineering Research Centre (EERC). The following are the thrust areas on which EERC is conducting extensive research.

  • Seismo-tectonics of Indian plate
  • Estimation of seismic hazard
  • Collapse simulation and damage assessment of RC and masonry structures
  • Earthquake risk mitigation through awareness and preparedness.

For more details, visit research center's home page


Program Schedule

16th May 2016

  • Session 1: Introduction to Earthquake Engineering
  • Session 2: Gravity Analysis of Building
  • Session 3: Design Philosophy as per IS: 456-2000
  • Session 4: Design of Slab

17th May 2016

  • Session 1: Lateral Load Analysis of Building
  • Session 2: Gravity Load Analysis using SAP
  • Session 3: Design of Beam
  • Session 4: EERCVisit, Models Explanation and R&D Showcase

18th May 2016

  • Session 1: Dynamic Analysis of a Building-Iand II
  • Session 2: Lateral Load analysis, TH and RS Analysis using SAP
  • Session 3: Design of Column
  • Session 4: Design of Foundation

19th May 2016

  • Session 1: Design of Staircase
  • Session 2: Design of Shear wall
  • Session 3: Role of Civil Engineering in Society
  • Session 4: Feedback & Certificates Distribution
09:30 - 11:00 11:00 - 11:30 11:30 - 13:00 13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:00 16:00 - 17:30
Session 1 Tea break Session 2 Lunch Session 3 Tea break Session 4


Last date of registration is 9th May 2016

Registration Fee

Fee: Rs.2500/- (Includes Lunch and Course Material)
Payment of registration fee should be made by Demand Draft or at par Cheque in favour of “IIIT Hyderabad” and send to below address.

Note: Limited accommodation is available on first come first serve basis. Cost Rs.300/-per day


Course Team

  • Ramancharla Pradeep Kumar (Coordinator)
  • Chenna Rajaram
  • Swajit Singh Goud
  • Aniket Bhalkikar(+91 9985004656)
  • PVS Neelima
  • Pulkit D. Velani(+91 89778 66212)


Address for communication

Earthquake Engineering Research Centre
International Institute of Information Technology
Gachibowli, Hyderabad -500032, India
Ph: 040-6653 1318

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Page last updated on April, 2016