Seismic Design Optimality and Robustness - Civil, Environmental, and Construction Engineering

Numerous efforts have been made to understand the consequences of earthquakes on existing infrastructure, best design and detailing strategies to mitigate damage and achieve performance targets, and research has led to significant improvements in the predictive capabilities for the performance of buildings when subjected to strong motions. However, very little has been studied on the effects of soil site classes and geologic structures on dynamic coupled soil-foundation-structure response, particularly during the design process.
In this research work, we will demonstrate there is the need to consider variability in the response estimates simply because certain designs are not robust. Furthermore, this work will provide information on what types of design are less sensitive to changes in the model/parameters under multiple ground motions; therefore, leading to more reliable optimal designs.
The undergraduate assistant will be responsible for developing structural models (modify existing models), perform seismic analysis using the models, post-process and present results and findings, and summarize the performed work and results in a small report.
The project would entail 10-15hrs weekly for a duration of one semester minimum and up to two semesters.

Project Dates

Start Date: 1/11/2021 - End Date: 4/27/2021

Students Needed

Type of Project


Student Responsibilities

Responsibilities: - Develop structural models (modify existing models) - Perform seismic analysis using the models - Post-process and present results and findings - Summarize the performed work and results in a small report - Participate to research meetings with the research supervisor on a weekly basis

Time Commitment

12 hour(s)

Student Requirements

Requirements or preferred skills: - Geotechnical Engineering I (CEG 4011C) and/or Geotechnical Engineering II (CEG 4012) - Structural Analysis (CES 4100C) - Matlab - Microsoft office (Word, Excel, etc.)

Interested in Working With the Following Programs

For EXCEL URE Students Only

Additional Notes

Position Overview

  • Date Posted: 10-02-2019
  • Location:
    • Orlando (Main Campus)
  • Paid: Yes