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Presented by
Jorge F. Meneses, Ph.D., P.E., G.E., D.GE, F.ASCE

Introduction – Seismic Ground Motions and Structural Dynamics
Single-degree and multi-degree of freedom systems
Earthquake actions, ground motions and structural response
Response spectra
Time histories and RotDnn motions (NGA project)

Ground Motion Hazard Evaluation: Site Characterization, Near-Source, Probabilistic and Deterministic Analyses
Site characterization
Probabilistic and deterministic analyses
Near-source effects

General Procedures for the Evaluation of Seismic Hazard (ASCE 7-22)
Definition of MCER and design response spectra
Site coefficients
Horizontal and vertical response spectra

Site-Specific Ground Motion Procedures (ASCE 7-22)
Site response analysis
Probabilistic and deterministic MCER
Design response spectrum and design acceleration parameters

Ground Motions for Nonlinear Analysis (ASCE 7-22)
Target response spectrum (UHS and conditional mean spectrum)
Ground motion selection and modification
Application of ground motions to structural model

Seismic Ground Motions for Seismically Isolated Structures
and Structures with Damping Systems (ASCE 7-22)
Spectral response acceleration parameters and response spectrum
Ground motions for response history analysis

Performance Objectives and Target Building Performance Levels (ASCE 41-17)
Basic, enhanced and limited performance objectives
Structural and non-structural performance levels and ranges

Evaluation of Seismic Hazard and Level of Seismicity (ASCE 41-17)
General and site-specific procedures
BSE-2N and BSE-1N seismic hazard levels
BSE-2E and BSE-1E seismic hazard levels


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Professional Engineers
7.0 PDHs

7.0 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This course is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects in all states.

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 7.0 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses.

The International Code Council has approved this event for .7 CEUs in the specialty area of Building (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed).


Jorge F. Meneses Ph.D. P.E. G.E. D.GE. F.ASCE

Principal Geotechnical Engineer, RMA Group, Inc.
Dr. Jorge Meneses is principal geotechnical engineer with RMA Group. He was a member of the California Seismic Safety Commission appointed by Governor Brown and confirmed by State Senate (2017-2021). He is a reviewer of seismic ground motions for the seismic design of high rise buildings for the City of San Diego, part-time faculty at San Diego State University, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Department of Structural Engineering at University of California San Diego, member of the Board of Directors of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), President of the EERI San Diego Chapter, past member of the ASCE 7-16 Committee (Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures); member of the ASCE 1 Committee (Geotechnical Analysis, Design, Construction, Inspection and Monitoring of Nuclear Safety-Related Structures); Honorary chair of the ASCE Geo-Institute San Diego Chapter; and member of the Academy of Geo-Professionals.

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AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES ( or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Seismic Ground Motions for Seismic Design

Delivery Method: Live Online

Course Description: This seven-hour course provides an in-depth analysis of seismic ground motions and their effects on structures for design professionals, starting with an introduction into earthquake actions, related ground motions, and structural responses, providing the techniques of resilient design to withstand seismic events and keep occupants safe. The course frequently references the ASCE 7-22 and ASCE 41-17 standards while exploring ground motion hazard evaluations and general procedures, site-specific ground motion procedures, ground motions for nonlinear analysis, seismically isolated structures, and structures with damping systems, and performance objectives and target building performance levels.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the ground motions caused by earthquake actions and structural responses in single-degree and multi-degree of freedom systems.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to evaluate ground motion hazards and perform probabilistic and deterministic analyses to determine the risk and susceptibility of a structure and what should be done about it.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to understand the benefits and resiliency of seismically isolated structures and structures with damping systems by analyzing the effects ground motion has on them.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to perform a nonlinear analysis and apply ground motions to structural models to understand and predict the seismic effect.

LUs: 7.0                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Experience in structural design

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 04/07/2025

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Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.