New STRUDEE2014 summer course

Flyer sent out for the STRUDEE summer course

A new announcement has been sent out via email on the new International Graduate Summer Course in Iceland 2014:

STRUctural Dynamics principles in Earthquake Engineering (STRUDEE)
Iceland, 5 – 27 June 2014
Application deadline: 1 April 2014

Structures are often subjected to dynamic forces of one form or the other during their lifetime. This course (7.5 ECTS) introduces the theory of dynamic response of structures with emphasis on physical insight into the analytical procedures and with particular application to earthquake engineering. The concepts of structural dynamics are formulated from the first principles of solid mechanics, extending the continuum hypothesis to a numerically efficient finite element approximation. Forced and free vibration of structures at different levels of idealization such as, continuum formulation, single degree of freedom approximation, and finite degree of freedom approximation, is covered. Basic insight into the powerful and efficient frequency domain analysis is provided. Stochastic modelling of earthquake ground motion and structural response is introduced in the framework of stochastic process and random vibration theory.

This course is designed for engineers, researchers, and architects. Basic understanding of the dynamic response of structures and advanced numerical and analytical skills in modelling and simulating seismic demands on structures is essential in formulating a safe and economical seismic design philosophy. Furthermore, the knowledge and skills in dynamic modelling and simulation of earthquake-induced structural vibrations is essential in correctly and consistently applying standard seismic design codes in practice. The main objective of the course is to educate and train the participants in understanding, modelling, and simulating structural vibrations due to earthquake-induced ground motion.

This new course continues the line of international summer courses held at the Earthquake Engineering Research Centre, University of Iceland, on natural hazards. The course is held in the town of Selfoss, in a region of active natural hazards such as earthquakes, strong wind, volcanoes, and floods.

Application deadline is 1 April 2014.

For more information and to apply, visit

Please see the attached announcement of the course, and please forward to any that you think might be interested. If at department office, please print out and post on your announcement board.

We hope to see you in Iceland!

Dr. Ragnar Sigbjornsson, Professor and Director
Earthquake Engineering Research Centre

Mr. Sigurdur Sigursveinsson, Director
University Centre of South Iceland.