ENEQ642-19A (C) Any Time Start 2019

Seismic Assessment and Retrofit Strategies for Existing Reinforced Concrete Buildings

15 points

Start/End Date: The start and end dates are specific to each student. For further information please contact one of the following (as appropriate):
  • For Masters theses please contact the relevant College Office.
  • For Doctoral degrees (PhD) please contact the Postgraduate Office.
  • For other types of anytime start courses (i.e. generally courses worth 60 points or less) please contact the Course Coordinator.
Withdrawal Dates
The withdrawal dates for this course (both with and without fee refund) will be confirmed once a) the course start date and b) course length is confirmed. Students are advised to consult the department for further information.


Seismic assessment procedures. Failure mechanisms and experimental evidence. Numerical investigation of reinforced-concrete-infilled frames. Modelling techniques. Overview of alternative retrofit strategies. Use of fibre-reinforced polymers. Flexural, shear and confinement upgrading. Diagonal metallic haunches, external walls, post-tensioned walls, selective weakening.

The course will cover the following main aspects:

 Overview of key and most common structural weaknesses and associated anticipated behaviour/response of existing reinforced concrete buildings. Reference will be given to experimental tests, analytical/numerical studies and the recent lessons learnt from post-earthquake building inspections and investigations.

 Discussion on main features and approaches of alternative seismic assessment procedures, with reference to existing national and international literature.

 Fundamentals of analytical and numerical modeling techniques to represent the seismic response of as-built reinforced concrete buildings

 Introduction to Performance-Based Retrofit Strategies and alternative solutions/techniques available/mostly used in New Zealand and/or overseas.

 Feasibility and efficiency of adopting and/or combining different solutions such as Fibre Reinforced Polymers, low-invasive low-cost metallic diagonal haunches, (post-tensioning or traditional) wall systems and selective weakening techniques

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course students would be  expected to have gained familiarity with:

a)   the general concepts and principles underpinning seismic  assessment and retrofit approaches, according to a performance-based philosophy;

b)   the relevant existing literature at national and international level for either assessment and retrofit, based on experimental, numerical, analytical studies and observations /reports from post-earthquake recognisance missions;

c)    the general potentiality, as well as limitations, of a range of strengthening retrofit solutions, either based on traditional or more recently developed techniques.


Subject to approval of Head of Department. RP: Post-graduate admission and approval of the departmental Director of Post-graduate Studies. Undergraduate background in earthquake engineering is expected.



Recommended Preparation

Post-graduate admission and approval of the departmental Director of Post-graduate Studies. Undergraduate background in earthquake engineering is expected.

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 429 4 Feb - 10 Feb
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 429 4 Feb - 10 Feb
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 17:00 Rehua 429 11 Feb - 17 Feb
Lecture D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 235 11 Feb - 17 Feb
Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00 Wheki 101 25 Mar - 31 Mar

Timetable Note

The course will be delivered in two block modes lasting two consecutive days each to facilitate the attendance of practicing engineers and/or out-of-town students.

Block 1: Thursday 7 February 2019 9:30am-5:00pm (Rehua 429) & Friday 8 February 2019 9:00am-3:00pm (Rehua 429)

Block 2: Monday 11 February 2019 9:30am-5:00pm (Rehua 429) & Tuesday 12 February 2019 9:00am-4:00pm (Jack Erskine 235)

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Stefano Pampanin


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
final written exam 60%
Project report 24 Mar 2019 40%

The students, either individually or paired in groups, will be assigned a case-study project (worth 40%). The project work will cover aspects of simplified or detailed assessment, analytical and numerical modelling of the structural response, conceptual design and performance evaluation of alternative retrofit solutions.

The main findings will be presented via a written report, divided in two parts, assessment and retrofit, respectively, and, possibly, an oral presentation. A final written exam (worth 60%) is scheduled on Wednesday 27th March 2019

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,080.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENEQ642 Occurrences

  • ENEQ642-19A (C) Any Time Start 2019