Short Course on Dynamic Soil Structure Interaction

Pavia, March 2-6, 2015

Objectives of the course

The objective of this short course is to provide graduate students - both at MSc and PhD levels - and practicing engineers with the fundamental concepts and theory of dynamic soil-structure interaction (SSI), with special focus on the numerical tools currently available to model such problems in earthquake engineering practice. Although the course touches upon all aspects of the theory and the numerical modeling for seismic problems, emphasis will be on the basic concepts, including elements of vibration theory, wave propagation in the ground and wave interaction with foundations and structures, earthquake source mechanisms, wave amplification in soft soil deposits and the interaction of small and large-scale foundations and buildings erected on compliant soil. Both linear and non-linear aspects of modeling will be covered.

The course will include both theoretical lectures and hands-on solutions by the attendees of practical problems obtained via simple Matlab programs.

The course is taught by Prof. Eduardo Kausel, from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and by Dr. Glenn J. Rix, Principal Engineer at Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. and formerly a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.


About the instructors

Dr. Eduardo Kausel earned his first professional degree in 1967 from the University of Chile. After some post-graduate studies in 1969 at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany he moved to the United States, and earned his MS (1972) and ScD (1974) degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following graduation Dr. Kausel worked in the industry at Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston, and then joined the MIT faculty in 1978, where he is currently a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Massachusetts and has extensive experience as consulting engineer. Among the distinctions he has received are a 1992 Honorary Faculty Membership in Epsilon Chi (of only 2 in his department), the 1994 Konrad Zuse Guest Professor at the University of Hamburg in Germany, the Humboldt Prize from the German Government in 2000, and the 2001 MIT-CEE Award for Conspicuously Effective Teaching. Dr. Kausel is best known for his work on Dynamic Soil-Structure Interaction, and for the very successful Green’s functions he developed for the dynamic analysis of layered media, which are now incorporated in several well-known and widely used programs. Dr. Kausel is the author of some two hundred technical papers and reports in the areas of structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, and computational mechanics. Among these is his recent (2006) book “Fundamental Solutions in Elastodynamics” published by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Glenn J. Rix earned his Bachelors degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in 1982 and his Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984 and 1988, respectively. Dr. Rix joined Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. as a Principal Engineer in 2013 after a distinguished 24-year career as a Professor in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology specializing in soil dynamics and geotechnical earthquake engineering. At Geosyntec, Dr. Rix is focused on the areas of geotechnical earthquake engineering and engineering seismology (particularly for the eastern and central U.S.), seismic hazard assessment and risk mitigation for civil infrastructure at both the component and system scales, and advanced near-surface geophysics investigations and interpretations across a range of applications. Dr. Rix has authored or co-authored more than 50 refereed publications, and delivered more than 70 technical presentations at national and international conferences on the topics listed above, and he is a co-author of “Surface Wave Methods for Near-Surface Site Characterization” that was recently published (2014) by CRC Press. 


Further Information

Further information can be found in the announcement flyer (registration info., contacts etc.).