CEME 7003 - Wind and Earthquake Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2023

The course provides students with an understanding on the behaviour of structures under wind and earthquake loads. Students will learn concepts and techniques for analysing dynamic response of structures subjected to these loadings, and the aspects of structural design with regard to wind and earthquake loads. On the completion of the course, students will develop: (1) an understanding of dynamic responses of structures in related to dynamic loads with emphasis on wind and earthquake effect, (2) ability to assess the response of structures subjected to wind and earthquake loads, and (3) skills in the analysis and design of structures subjected to wind and earthquake loads using Australian Standards.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CEME 7003
    Course Wind and Earthquake Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge CEME 7301
    Assessment Assignments, Design Exercise, Exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Professor Alex Ching-Tai Ng

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Distinguish between the most common structural systems employed to resist lateral loading.
    2. Appreciate the natural hazard posed by wind and earthquake, and understand the associated structural design performance objectives.
    3. Identify and define key concepts related to structural dynamics and vibration characteristics of structures, such as natural frequencies, mode shapes, damping, response spectrum, and nonlinear systems; and understand the nexus between these concepts and the practical design process.
    4. Demonstrate an understanding of key ideas and assumptions underpinning seismic-resistant design, including system ductility, and understand how the engineer can accomplish them through practical detailing.
    5. Explain basic principles governing wind loading of structures, including wind speeds, basic pressures, and localised pressures due to air-flow around a building as governed by its shape.
    6. Apply conventional force-based seismic design in the form of equivalent static analysis or dynamic modal analysis, and develop appreciation for emerging techniques such as displacement-based design.
    7. Compute design actions on structures using the general approaches codified in Australian standards AS 1170.2 (Wind) and AS 1170.4 (Earthquake).
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)

    Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth

    Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.


    Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving

    Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.


    Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills

    Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.


    Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness

    Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.


    Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency

    Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.


    Attribute 7: Digital capabilities

    Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.


    Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.

  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Powerpoint slides are available on MyUni.
    Recommended Resources
    “Dynamics of Structures” by Ray W. Clough and Joseph Penzien, Computers & Structures, Inc., 2003.

    “Dynamics of Structures – Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering” by Anilk. Chopra, Prentice-Hall, 2007.

    “Wind Loading of Structures” by John D Holmes, Seifu Bekele, CRC Press 2022.
    Online Learning
    All course material including lecture slides, assignments and design excerise will be made available on MyUni throughout the semester.

    MyUni will be used to support the teaching. The Discussion Board in MyUni will provide additional support for students to have discussions related to this course. It is strongly recommended that students use the Discussion Board.

    Course announcements will be proivded on MyUni regularly throughout the course. It is students' responsibility to check MyUni regularly.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Teaching for this class will consist primarily of lectures/ lecture recordings and workshops, where the fundamental theory will be presented, and followed by examples to illustrate how the theory can be applied to solve structural dynamics problems. Students will develop their understanding of the course content through reading of the textbook, practice problem solving through the tutorial questions and attendance at workshops where problem solving strategies are presented and discussed.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    There are 4 hours study activities (lecture recordings and workshops) each week in the semester. It is expected that students will spend another 8 hours per week outside of class studying the material and practising their problem solving with examples from the textbook.
    Learning Activities Summary
    1. Introduction to wind and earthquake design concept
    2. Free vibration of single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) systems
    3. Forced vibration of SDOF systems
    4. Earthqauke ground motion and response spectrum
    5. Noninear structural response
    6. Multi-degrees-of-freedom (MDOF) systsems
    7. Time-history analysis and modal response-spectrum analysis of MDOF systems
    8. Earthquake-resistant design, force-based design, displacement-based design and capacity design
    9. Design criteria of structures subjected to wind loading
    10. Dynamic effects and loads on tall buildings

    Note: These are planned topics in the course. Some topics may be changed, added or deleted as appropriate.
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment % Group/Individual
    Assessment 1 6 Individual
    Assessment 2 6 Individual
    Assessment 3 16 Group
    Assessment 4 6 Individual
    Quiz 6 Individual
    Final Exam 60 Individual

    The overall assessment schedule is given in the table above.

    There will be four assignments throughout the course. For Assignments 1, 2 and 4, each of them is worth 6% of your final mark. Assignment 3 is a group assignment (2-3 students) with design components. It is worth 16% of your final mark. These assignments will be submitted, marked and returned regularly throughout the semester. Marks on these assignments will make up 40% of the final subject mark.

    There will be a quiz (summative) during the semester, worth 6% of your final grade. The quiz will be closed book, closed note and run under examination conditions. If you miss the Quiz or cannot attend it due to medical reasons, please contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible.

    Final Examination:
    The final examination (summative) will cover all the materials covered during the semester and contribute towards 60% of the final mark for the subject.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Consistent with the School policy, in order to pass the course, students must obtain at least 40% in the examination, in addition to obtaining 50% or more of the total marks available for the Course. If the exam hurdle is not met students will receive a course result of the lesser of their calculated grade and the nominal grade of 45 (Fail). In addition, and in accordance with modified arrangements for coursework assessment policy, students must complete all assignments and design excerise to be eligible for an Additional Assessment.

    Requests for exemption from coursework components will only be considered when presented on an Exemption from Attendance Form. All exemption requests must be made by the end of Week 3 of Semester. Exemptions will not be considered for exams.
    Assessment Detail
    There are four assignments (Assessments 1-4), a quiz and a final exam in this course. Each assignment will be available once the required contents are covered and students will be given roughly a week to complete each assignment. The quiz will happen during the semester period. The final exam will happen during the exam period. In the assignments, students are required to complete calculations and/or provide discussions.
    Digital submissions should be submitted by the appropriate MyUni portal for the particular assessment. Further information will be provided through the course’s MyUni website.

    Late submissions will not be accepted in all but the most exceptional circumstances. There will be a loss of 10% of the marks obtained if the late submission is less than 24h late, 20% if the late submission is between 24 and 48h late and so on. Extensions will only be granted in special circumstances (e.g. illness) and must be sought for each assessment task individually. Extensions will not be granted less than 24h before the deadline for a given task, with the exception of a medical certificate. No submissions will be accepted after 7 days of the due date unless an extension has been formally granted.
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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