Primary hazards and risks

Addressed to

Natural Hazards and Risks in Structural Engineering (NHRE) M.Sc.



Dr.-Ing. Schwarz
Dr.-Ing. Abrahamczyk
Prof. Höffer (Uni Bochum)


Course aim

Students will be able to define the seismic and wind action being related to design concepts and practical applications. They will be familiar to use ground and wind recordings and building response data and they will be trained in practical realization and handling of data, different types of sensors and data acquisition instruments. The students should be able to interpret dynamic building response characteristics and define input parameters for calculations.


Course content

P1 - Seismic Monitoring (3SPW - L; 3CP)

Measurements for site response evaluation; description of seismic action; recording instruments, input parameters for seismic hazard assessment; EQ-Action for building design; Building Monitoring Systems: tasks and developments, analysis of instrumental data; identification of dynamic and structural response parameters

P2 - Regional Ground Motion Prediction and Database (1 SPW – P; 1CP)

Identification of hazard describing parameters; seismic networks, availability/ elaboration of ground motion data and records; Ground Motion Prediction Equations (GMPEs); application of ground motions models and tools to the study area and target site; re-interpretation of national code background; tool: MATLAB

P3 - Wind Risk Mitigation in Structural Engineering (2 SPW - L; 2CP)

Application of meteorology in wind engineering, extreme value analysis; turbulence effects and aero-elasticity, basics of wind resistant design, risk chain, risk control (control of exposition, shelter projects, risk-based inspection and maintenance), wind tunnel technology, examples and practical applications to support structures of onshore and offshore wind turbines


Recommended course requirements



General information

creditstypesemesteradmission requirementsform of examination

6 credits


P1 + P2 (written exam + project report, 67%), P3 (written exam – 33%)