Risk projects and evaluation of structures

Addressed to

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



Dr.-Ing. Schwarz
Dr.-Ing. Abrahamczyk


Course aim

Training of student’s ability to apply methods and current state in natural hazard and risk assessment integrating research and practical applications to site- or structure-specific risk analysis and planning decision.

Students will be able to apply modern EQ software to transfer buildings into dynamic models and to evaluate the seismic response characteristics in dependence on design decisions; they will be trained to identify failure mechanism and design defects, and to evaluate appropriateness of strengthening measures. Students will be familiar with different analysis methods, techniques and tools of vulnerability assessment.


Course content

P1 - Risk projects (2 SPW – L+P; 2CP)

Assessment of hazard phenomena; multi-hazard and risk mapping; lessons from recent events and field missions; reinterpretation of observed response for different building types; recent developments in design and construction; regional seismic risk assessment projects; damage scenarios and loss prediction; results from global earthquake models

P2 - Evaluation and Re-Design of structures/ Evaluation of a Seismic Instrumented Building  (2 SPW – E+P; 4CP)

Identification of building type representatives; empirical and analytical vulnerability assessment; evaluation of damaged structures, rehabilitation strategies and reconstruction techniques; performance- and scenario-based risk assessments; comparison of instrumentally or experimentally gained results with outcomes of numerical simulations; damage prognosis; elaboration of instrumental data and model calibration.

Tools: Perform3D / 3Muri


Recommended course requirements



General information

creditstypesemesteradmission requirementsform of examination

6 credits

elective compulsorywinter

Primary Hazards and risks;
Earthquake engineering and
structural design/GIS

2 project reports (P1, P2)