C&EE 245

Earthquake Ground Motion Characterization

Next offering Winter 2015. Instructor to be determined

Prerequisite: C&EE 137 or 246. C&EE 110 strongly recommended.


Reference materials:

  1. Course reader available from ASUCLA store
  2. Kramer, SL, 1996. Geotechnical earthquake engineering, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ (book is in process of being re-written by Kramer and Stewart, with substantial ground motion component, but will not be ready by Winter 2015).
  3. Recommended: McGuire, R, 2004. Seismic hazard and risk analysis, EERI Monograph MNO-10.


Major topics:

Earthquake fundamentals: plate tectonics, fault types, basics of wave propagation, magnitude and intensity scales. 4 lec.

Probability theory for seismic applications. 2 lec.

Earthquake source characterization: source locations, magnitude range, recurrence. 3 lec.

Ground motion prediction: fundamental factors controlling ground shaking characteristics, prediction from GMPEs and simulations, special near-fault considerations. 4 lec.

Seismic hazard analysis: emphasis on PSHA – how it works and analysis products, disaggregation, managing epistemic uncertainty, conditional mean spectrum, time series selection. 4 lec.