Engineering Seminar Series
Andre Filiatrault, Ph.D, Eng.
Professor of Structural Engineering
State University of New York at Buffalo

Seismic Design of Nonstructural Building Elements: Why, How and Who?

Abstract

The reduction in seismic performance of buildings caused by the vulnerability of nonstructural building elements has been observed repeatedly during recent earthquakes worldwide. Moreover, nonstructural damage has limited the functionality of critical facilities, such as hospitals following major seismic events. The investment in nonstructural building elements and building contents is far greater than that of structural elements and framing. Therefore, it is not surprising that in many past earthquakes, losses from damage to nonstructural building elements have exceeded losses from structural damage. Furthermore, the failure of nonstructural building elements can become a safety hazard or can hamper the safe movement of occupants evacuating or of rescue workers entering buildings. In comparison to structural elements and systems, there is relatively limited information on the seismic design of nonstructural building elements. Basic research work in this area has been sparse, and the available codes and guidelines are usually, for the most parts, based on past experiences, engineering judgment and intuition, rather than on objective experimental and analytical results. This presentation will provide a state-of-the-art overview of the technical and organizational issues associated with the seismic design of nonstructural building elements.

About Prof. Filiatrault

Prof. Filiatrault is a professor in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY. He received his master's (1985) and Ph.D. (1988) degrees in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia. His research over the last 25 years has focused on the seismic testing, analysis and design of civil engineering structures. His current research involves the seismic design and analysis of wood structures, seismic performance of nonstructural building components, seismic performance of substation electrical equipment, earthquake response and rehabilitation of critical lifelines, and seismic design of propped rocking cantilever concrete walls. The professional achievements resulting from his research and teaching activities include four textbooks, more than 250 peer-reviewed scientific publications, the 1990 Sir Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski Medal from the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the 2002 Moisseiff Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers and the 2008 Outstanding Researcher/Scholar Award from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York.

Date

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Time

11:00 am EST

Viewing Instructions

We will be using Webex to webcast this presentation. To watch the presentation, please follow the steps bellow: PLEASE, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND CONNECT TO WEBEX

Discussions and Feedback

If you would like to ask questions regarding the topic being presented, you can send an e-mail to seeslwebcast@gmail.com during or after the presentation. If time allows, an attempt will be made to convey any questions received during the presentation to the presenter to answer live during discussions. Other questions will be collected and sent to the presenter, whose answers will subsequently be posted on this website.

Sponsors

Seminar sponsored by:

Troubleshooting

Please note that the above link will only be active a few minutes before the event is scheduled to begin. An archived version of this webcast will post posted shortly after the seminar is completed.
Contact Mr. Goran Josipovic by email at seeslwebcast@gmail.com if you have any problems that prevent you from watching this broadcast.