Short Course

Earthquake Engineering Short Course

January 25 & 26, 2018

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Frankfort KY
Early Bird Rate: $100 / After 12/15/17 – $150

15 Professional Development Hours Available



For any questions, contact John Conway at or 502-633-7585

The conference venue is limited to 50 people.  If a high demand is received prior to the early registration deadline, then KGEG will consider finding another venue to accommodate additional participants.  Boxed lunch will be provided.

Purpose and Background 

Earthquake design acceleration in Western Kentucky can be significant and control structural and geotechnical design considerations. Those considerations can result in significant cost increases for construction or rehabilitation of structures.  The building codes allow for a reduction in the design accelerations and sometimes an improved seismic design category, provided certain site specific seismic studies are performed.  In this course, different types of site specific studies will be explored as they relate to the design of structures.

Who Should Attend? 

This seminar should be of interest to geotechnical and structural engineers, or others who wish to extend their knowledge in the area of earthquake engineering.

Topics to be discussed include

  • Engineering seismology and characteristics of ground motions: Seismic sources; style of faulting; ground motion predictive relationships; ground motion response spectrum
  • Site specific seismic hazard analysis: Deterministic approach; probabilistic approach
  • Kentucky seismicity:  How does Kentucky’s unique geology affect the ground motions predicted by the USGS website
  • Local soils effects on bedrock accelerations: Soil amplifications, dynamic soil properties, and site response analysis (Shake), site seismic classification
  • Mitigation of liquefaction:  Fundamental of liquefaction behavior; consequences of liquefaction; mitigation of liquefaction hazard
  • Seismic slope stability: Pseudo static method; Newmark method; seismic stability of embankments; stability analysis of liquefied soils
  • Foundation Design:  Foundation design to mitigated seismic hazards
  • Site Specific Seismic Analysis:  What is site specific analysis, and how can it improve your seismic design category
  •  Building Codes:  Current building codes and future trends

Seminar Outline

DAY 1 (8AM – 4:30PM)

Period 1 – Introduction and basic math considerations

Wave forms
Single degree of freedom systems

Period 2 – Earthquake event characteristics

EQ magnitudes and recurrence intervals
Acceleration records
Attenuation functions
Deterministic and probabilistic design
Kentucky Seismicity

Period 3 – Local site affects

Site amplification
One‐dimensional shear wave propagation
VS testing methods/correlations
Software – One-dimensional shear-wave propagation – Strata.exe or others

DAY 2 (8AM – 4:30PM)

Period 4 – Geotechnical earthquake considerations

Liquefaction and Mitigation
Retaining Walls and Mitigation
Slope stability and Mitigation
Foundation Design and Mitigation

Period 5 – Site design

Current Building Codes
Site Specific Seismic Analyses
Dynamic Building Analysis
Proposed Modifications to the building code


Michael E. Kalinski, Ph.D., P.E., is a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Kentucky.  He specializes in geotechnical earthquake engineering, soil dynamics, vibration monitoring and engineering geophysics, including the application of engineering and geophysics in developing nations.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kentucky, Texas and California, and a Registered Geophysicist in California.

Edward Kavazanjian, Ph.D., P.E., D.GE, NAE, is the Ira A. Fulton Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Arizona State University.  Dr. Kavazanjian is co-author of the FHWA guidance documents on seismic design for structural foundations and transportation geotechnical features and served as chair of the recent National Academy of Engineering study on earthquake-induced liquefaction and is consequences.

Mark McGinley, Ph.D., P.E., FASTM, is a Professor, University of Louisville. Dr. McGinley is a structural engineer and building scientist with an excess of 30 years of research and forensic engineering practice in building systems. He is an expert in masonry building systems, in particular, masonry building envelopes.   Dr. McGinley is actively involved as a committee member developing design codes and has been involved research into the seismic response of masonry and wood structures.

Thomas D. Rockaway, Ph.D., P.E., is an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, and Director for the Center for Infrastructure Research at the University of Louisville. He is active in earthquake engineering and has performed numerous seismic analyses for buildings and sites.

Zhenming Wang, Ph.D., is head of the Geologic Hazards Section of the Kentucky Geological Survey.