Analysis and Design of High Rise Buildings using ETABS and Foundation Design using SAFE for Seismic Loads


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A Quick Overview

As land available shrinks in urban areas, buildings reach for the sky. It is the job of the structural engineer to ensure that buildings, dotting our urban landscape, are not only safe but also economical. Out of the many forces that multi-story buildings are subjected to, earthquakes are often the severest. The objective of this course is to give students a basic understanding of the analysis and design of multi-story buildings located in high risk seismic zones. Students are expected to be familiar with subjects like structural analysis and reinforced concrete design, undertaken during undergraduate years. Since most buildings built in India are made of RC, the dominant set of examples used here is of reinforced concrete buildings. But, with no loss of generality, the broad concepts discussed in this course are valid for both RC and Steel buildings. The focus will be on imparting job-oriented
skills and knowledge rather than pure theory. Emphasis will be on designing code compliant structures and use of commonly used softwares like ETABS and SAFE.

In this course, you will be learning about
● Overview of seismic design- We will start with the basics of seismic design; what is the fundamental difference between designing a structure for earthquakes as opposed to wind? What have we learnt from some of the past earthquakes, in terms of structural response and some common causes of failures? Why does ductility play such an important role in ensuring earthquake resistance?

● Fundamentals of Structural Dynamics and its Applications to Earthquake Engineering – Here we will understand how to estimate seismic forces with reasonable accuracy. As one might imagine, this isn't a straightforward task, given the uncertain and irregular nature of earthquakes. In this video, we will be looking into the application of vibrations & structural dynamics theory to ascertain the seismic response of multi-story buildings.

● Conceptual design of multi-story buildings for earthquake resistance- This is one of the key stages in the design process. Participants will be given an in-depth understanding of the favorable features that should
be incorporated in the earliest stages of design, when the interaction between the architect and the structural engineer is close. It is at this stage that a structural system appropriate for the specific conditions of the building and of the site needs to be chosen, so that architectural features are incorporated naturally into the design from the outset.

● Detailed design of Reinforced Concrete buildings- Here we will look into the detailed design of different structural elements, i.e., beams, columns, beam-column joints & shear walls. The emphasis will be on ductile reinforcement detailing, as per Indian Standards. We will also look at the common causes of failure in past earthquakes and how they can be prevented by appropriate detailing. Special attention will be given to analysis and design of shallow and deep foundation using basic excel spreadsheet and SAFE program.

● ETABS & SAFE – Participants will learn to harness the computational power of two of the commonly used software, for analysis and design of building structures in the consultancy industry.


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1Overview of seismic design

Seismic design philosophy and limit states
Earthquake and their geotechnical and structural effects
Capacity design philosophy
Problem statement

2Fundamentals of structural dynamics and its applications to earthquake engineering – 1

Single Degree of Freedom Systems

  • Force Displacement System
  • Damping Force
  • Equation of Motion – External Force
  • Equation of Motion – Earthquake Excitation
  • Undamped Free Vibration Systems
  • Viscously Damped Free Damping

Earthquake Response of Linear Systems

  • Response Spectrum Concept
  • Deformation, Pseudo-velocity and Pseudo-acceleration Response Spectra
  • Peak Structural Response from the Response Spectrum
  • Problem statement

3Fundamentals of structural dynamics and its applications to earthquake engineering – 2

Multi Degree of Freedom Systems

  • Discretization of structural systems
  • Elastic, damping & inertia forces
  • Damping Force
  • Equation of Motion
  • Free Vibration – Systems without damping

Modal Response Spectrum Analysis

Equivalent Lateral Force Method

Problem statement

4Conceptual design of concrete buildings for earthquake resistance - 1

General principles of conceptual seismic design

Regularity and irregularity of building structures

Problem statement

5Conceptual design of concrete buildings for earthquake resistance - 2

• Essentials of structural system for seismic resistance – RC frame systems, wall systems and dual systems

• The Capacity Design Philosophy

• The role of a stiff and strong vertical spine in the building

• Ductility as an alternative to strength



Clause wise study of IS 1893

Introduction to graphic software icons for ETABS

Students will be given another project on similar lines  

7Detailed design of concrete buildings -1

Design of beams with reference to IS 13920

Problem statement

8Detailed design of concrete buildings -2

Design of columns and beam - column joints with reference to IS 13920

Problem statement

9Detailed design of concrete buildings -3

  • Design of Shear walls with reference to IS 13920
  • Problem Statement

10ETABS modelling

• Architectural drawings will be presented. A cost efficient load path will be carved out using Etabs 2016.

• From identifying loads, to creating etabs model

• Complete analysis and design of RCC building in zone 5 will be demonstrated


11Foundation design -1

• Foundation structures for frames and structural walls

• Footing & pile design using excel spreadsheet

• Problem statement


12Foundation design -2

• Check for liquefaction

• Design of raft foundation using SAFE


Projects Overview

Project 1


Buildings oscillate during earthquake shaking. The oscillation causes inertia force to be induced in the building. The intensity and duration of oscillation, and the amount of inertia force induced in a building depend on the dynamic characteristics of the building, in addition to the characteristics of the earthquake shaking (beyond the control of an engineer) itself. The important dynamic characteristics of buildings are modes of oscillation and damping (assumed constant in most practical cases). A mode of oscillation of a building is defined by associated Natural Period of Vibration and associated Deformed Shape in which it oscillates. 

The project will shed light on various fundamental factors influencing the dynamic characteristics of a multi-storey building, using ETABS program. Moreover, by modelling several simple structures in ETABS, hands-on training in the software will also be imparted.


Project 2


Architectural drawings will be provided. An efficient load path will be have to be carved out using basic principles of conceptual design for earthquake resistance. The conceptual design of the structure will be followed by analysis for the design load combinations as per IS 1893. Finally, detailed design of individual structural elements will be carried out, as per IS 13920.

Complete analysis and design of RCC building in zone 5 is to be performed. The challenge will teach participants how to model structural systems using etabs software, extract output from the program and draft construction drawings. This skill is highly desired at the entry level in any design firm.


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  • Students of civil engineering in first, second, third, or final year.
  • Employees in civil engineering firms who are looking to upscale in their profession.



ETABS and SAFE will be used. Students will learn to build software models of the structure, analyze the results and use the output to prepare final construction drawings.

Note: The software license will not be provided to the students.


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  • Course completion certificates will be provided to all students
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Frequently Asked Questions

1Who can take this course?

Graduate Civil engineering students from 3rd year and final year and Post Graduate students from structural engineering. Anyone who has begun working in the structural engineering consultancy firm.

2What is included in this course?

Overview of seismic design concepts, dynamic analysis of building structures & estimation of earthquake forces, conceptual design of buildings for earthquake resistance with reference to IS 1893, detailed design of RCC member elements with reference to IS 13920 & foundation design.  

3What will the student gain from this course?

Students will get to experience the entire sequence of processes in a design project from finalizing the conceptual design in close collaboration with architects to preparation of construction drawings. This will be done using software like ETABS and SAFE as well as reference to IS 13920 and IS 1893. 

4What software skills are you teaching and how well are these tools used in the industry?

ETABS and SAFE will be used. Students will learn to build software models of the structure, analyze the results and use the output to prepare final construction drawings.

5What is the real world application for the tools and techniques being taught in this course?

Students will be able to design and assess new and existing building structures, especially in earthquake prone zones.

6What are the companies that use this software?

All design firms in construction industry

7How does this course help you in your path to MS or PhD?

The course will help break the monotony of pure academics in the field of structures. Students will get opportunity to apply theory to real projects, identify the loopholes in their learning process and widen their perspective on the subject. 

8How is this course going to help you get a job?

The skills learnt in the course will enable students to add value to any project and shorten their training period in a design firm in the construction industry, thereby enhancing employability. 

9What is the ratio of theory to hands-on practical content?

In this course, the ratio is almost 50 / 50, however, the quality and impact of pragmatic content is more.

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