Scientific Program

The scientific program of the conference spans all scientific, engineering or management fields related to earthquake engineering that can help improving the seismic performance of infrastructures and the resilience of community. The conference aims to bring together researchers, structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, architects, seismologists and regulatory bodies in order to maximize exchanges in the community. Main topics of the conference will be (without being limited to):

- Seismic hazard and Seismology

- Seismic geotechnical issues

- Seismic structural behaviour and design (buildings, bridges, dams, energy transportation lines, etc.)

- Codes and standards

- Seismic rehabilitation

- Seismic mitigation systems

- Dam safety

- Risk Management and Societal impacts

- Machine learning applications for seismic reliability of structures

- Structural Health Monitoring

You may consult the preliminary program of the conference below. The final program will be released a few weeks before the event.


Preconference Workshop

Performance Based Design and seismic updates in the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code 2019 (CHBDC)

This workshop will provide attendees with a solid understanding of the seismic performance-based design requirements for bridges, approaches, implementation and CHBDC code updates (Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code) for 2019. It will provide updates and recommendations for performance (PBD) and for force-based (FBD) design methods in S6-19. Principles and practice-related information, tools and methods will be provided for the most recent seismicity and seismic hazard models and results in Canada, code updates for new and existing bridges, geotechnical code changes and implementation into bridge design, an overview of the extensive additions within Section 6 for foundation, abutment wall seismic design within FBD or PBD frameworks. New damage measures for concrete bridges and approaches and design of steel bridge components will be discussed. Design examples will be included for geotechnical, structural and integrated design. Seismic isolation and added damping to bridges from planning, analysis, design, testing and procurement perspectives will be presented.

Preliminary syllabus of the workshop:

  • S6-19 Code Changes
  • Seismicity and Seismic Hazard
  • Geotechnical Aspects
  • Owner Responsibilities and policies
  • Structural Seismic Behavior
  • Design
  • Seismic Isolation and Damping

Speakers: Don Kennedy (Associated Engineering), John Adams (Natural Resources Canada), Denis Mitchell (McGill University), Robert Tremblay (Polytechnique Montréal), Paul Wilson (Thurber Engineering). All speakers are direct contributors to the seismic provisions of CHBDC 2019.

The workshop will be a full-day course scheduled on Monday June 17, 2019. It is not included in the registration fees of the conference (see additional required fees here). Registration to the workshop is required online during registration period or on site on Monday morning June 17, 2019. Registration includes the workshop material, coffee breaks and a lunch.



Important Dates

Call for papers 
March 23, 2018

Abstract submission deadline

Registration starts
November 23, 2018

Abstract acceptance notice
November 23, 2018

Full paper submission deadline
January 31, 2019 (Extended deadline)

Full paper acceptance notice
February 28, 2019

Early bird and presenting author registration deadline
March 15, 2019

June 17-20, 2019

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