345 Solved Seismic Design Problems

As someone who was trained in a province with absolutely zero (natural) seismic activity, I’m just now taking in as much earthquake information as I can. “345 Solved Seismic Design Problems” by Majid Baradar follows that guiding logic. There are better, more up-to-date resources to examine code regulations and design methods than a book published in the mid-90s. However, the development of earthquake theory and the underlying concepts are relevant regardless of the published decade.

“345 Solved Seismic Design Problems” is broken down into five sections.

  1. Seismology
  2. Codes
  3. Diaphragm Theory
  4. Details of Structures
  5. Design Problems

The book is supposed to function as a multiple-choice exam preparation tool (perhaps for the PE or SE exam). I’m not at that point just yet, so I did what every student should do in their learning process — understand the solution before attempting the problem. It’s an inside-out strategy that exposes fundamental concepts. Call it learning efficiency. Section 1 deciphers basic earthquake concepts and is valuable to review for introductory information. Section 2 uses the UBC code provisions. Although there is some common applicability in my jurisdiction, it is ultimately not the governing code. There are some interesting observations and rules-of-thumb within the solutions, though, that can be applied generally in understanding seismic design. Section 3 is a valuable section to review because of the importance of diaphragms in LRFS. Section 4, similar to Section 2, has limited applicability but some fundamentally important observations that do not change based on location. Section 5 is setup with numerical examples. These are the most worthwhile to compute, however, the code provisions may differ depending on your jurisdiction.

I got what I needed out of this book and will likely return at some point to complete the book’s questions. Thanks again to the VPL for saving me buckets of cash and giving me boundless resources to enrich my knowledge. Here are some [NOTES].