Geotechnical Aspects of Earthquake Engineering - December 6-7, 2011 - Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center -   Blacksburg, VA
General Information

Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering is a practical short course that covers the basics of earthquake geology and engineering seismology, procedures for evaluating the seismic stability of slopes and retaining walls, and procedures for evaluating liquefaction potential and associated phenomena.

The course is designed to answer common questions about geotechnical earthquake engineering such as:

  • How do I determine the ground motion parameters to use in my analysis/design from information available from the US Geological Survey?
  • If I want to perform a site specific seismic hazard analysis, what are the applicable ground motion predictive equations for my site?
  • How do I evaluate the seismic stability of a slope?
  • How do I estimate the earthquake-induced displacement for a given slope?
  • How do I determine the seismically induced earth pressures acting on a retaining wall?
  • For a given set of design ground motion parameters, how do the various types of retaining walls compare?
  • How do I evaluate the liquefaction potential at my site?
  • How do I determine the appropriate factor of safety against liquefaction for my site?
  • How do I estimate the magnitude of seismic compression or the post-liquefaction consolidation at my site?

Who should attend? Engineering staff from project level engineers through senior level managers who wish to refresh and/or expand their knowledge of geotechnical aspects of earthquake engineering and practice oriented analysis/design procedures.

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Sponsored by:

Virginia Tech
The Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research
Continuing and Professional Education

For More Information Contact:
Lisha Farrier
Center for Geotechnical Practice and Research
Virginia Tech


Continuing & Professional Education @ Virginia Tech