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Introduction to Earthquake Engineering

PROGRAM AREA: Structures
Web-based Training (WBT)Web-based Training (WBT)
Calendar Year
4 Hours
0.4 Units
$0 Per Participant



130093W Introduction to Earthquake Engineering is a Web-based Training (WBT) prerequisite to the 3-day 130093A Displacement-Based LRFD Seismic Analysis and Design of Bridges Instructor-led Training (ILT). The participants will generally be notified to take the WBT about 1 month before the 130093A ILT session and must complete it before the start of Day 1 of the ILT. This WBT consists of 5 lessons including: Introduction to Earthquake Seismology (Lesson 1); Damages to Bridges due to Strong Motion (Lesson 2); Single Degree-of-Freedom (SDOF) Systems and Response Spectra (Lesson 3); AASHTO Design Ground Motion Characterization (Lesson 4); and Introduction to Geotechnical Hazards (Lesson 5).


Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe basic concepts of plate tectonics and seismology
  • Explain fundamental concepts of modern seismic design
  • Identify parameters used to characterize earthquake ground motions
  • Recognize the steps employed in a probabilistic seismic hazard analysis
  • Characterize design ground motions in accordance with AASHTO
  • List the different types of geotechnical hazards


The target audience for this course includes bridge and geotechnical engineers with 0 to 20 years of experience that are preparing to attend the 130093A Instructor-led Training.

If you have questions about this NHI training, please contact NHI at or 877.558.6873.

The National Highway Institute (NHI) has been accredited as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, NHI has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, NHI is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.


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