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Items filtered by date: Thursday, 14 November 2013 is pleased to announce the launch of its First Interactive GeoSoftware Database! You can find it online at Our goal is to create the most comprehensive database for structural engineering software worldwide. This new database is a major upgrade of our previous database that was already very popular. However, the new one has dramatically improved features and its content is growing daily. It already includes 46 software in 8 categories listed, and new are added each day!

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Thursday, 14 November 2013 14:55

Frequency Response Analysis with DIANA

The dynamic analysis of dam-fluid-foundation interaction is of vital importance in engineering practice. Westergaard originally developed analytical expressions to compute the hydrodynamic pressure on a dam with vertical upstream face subjected to seismic ground motions. With advances in computer technology and the advent of finite element analysis, the numerical analysis of dams, with software such as DIANA, has become easier and faster.

This paper highlights the capabilities of DIANA to consider the effects of fluid compressibility and foundation flexibility. This is one of a collection of white papers written by staff members at TNO DIANA BV which are available for download on this website.


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Thursday, 14 November 2013 09:46




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Thursday, 14 November 2013 08:58

Organizations & Associations


ACI - American Concrete Insitute, founded in 1904 and headquartered in Farmington Hills, MI, USA, is a technical and educational consensus organization whose purpose is to advance engineering and technical education, scientific investigation and research, and development of standards for the design and construction of concrete structures.

ADRC, Asian Disaster Reduction Center, Japan.

AESS - Australian Earthquake Engineering Society: The Society aims to promote the practice of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology.

Agrement, South Africa: Established in 1969. Its primary business is the certification of non-standardized construction products.

AIJ, Architectural Institute of Japan.

AISC - American Institute of Steel Construction, headquartered in Chicago, is a not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities.

ANSS - Avanced National Seismic System, USA: The mission of ANSS is to provide accurate and timely data and information products for seismic events, including their effects on buildings and structures, employing modern monitoring methods and technologies. This mission serves a basic function of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP).

ASI - Australian Steel Institute was formed in 2002 by the merger of Australian Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Steel Institute of Australia (SIA). The new body is Australia’s peak steel industry association, completely focused on serving the industry interests and the steel sector’s future success.

ASME - American Society of Mechanical Engineers: Founded in 1880. Well known for its codes and standards.

ATC, Applied Technology Council: This organization is quite active in many earthquake fields and has produced many reports and conference proceedings in the last few years.

AWS - American Welding Society was founded in 1919 as a multifaceted, nonprofit organization with a goal to advance the science, technology and application of welding and related joining disciplines. From factory floor to high rise construction, from military weaponry to home products, AWS continues to lead the way in supporting welding education and technology development to ensure a strong, competitive and exciting way of life for all Americans.

BCA - British Cement Association.

BIA - Brick Industry Association: Many brief reports on building construction can be found in this site.

Blume Center, Stanford University: This site contains a wealth of information in the forms of reports and articles. 

BMS - British Masonry Society

British Concrete Society.

CAEE - Chinese Association for Earthquake Engineering: The objective of the Association is to promote nationwide cooperation in the field of earthquake engineering through interchange of knowledge, ideas, research results and practical experience among scientists and engineers, to popularize the knowledge of resisting earthquake to the people in seismic area and to strengthen the international friendship and cooperation between scientists and engineers of China and other countries. 

California Seismic Safety Commission: Established in 1975, its main task is to investigate earthquakes, make research on earthquake-related issues, and make recommendations to the Governor and Legislature of California. It has published many reports on earthquake engineering. 

CCA Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia is the peak body representing the interests of Australia's five billion dollar cement, pre-mixed concrete and extractive (quarrying) industries. CCAA is a not-for-profit organisation. 

CCANZ, Cement & Concrete Association of New Zealand. 

SEAOC - The Structural Engineers Association of California. SEAOC's mission is to advance the structural engineering profession; to provide the public with structures of dependable performance through the application of state of the art structural engineering principles; to assist the public in obtaining professional structural engineering services; to promote natural hazard mitigation; to provide continuing education and encourage research; to provide structural engineers with the most current information and tools to improve their practice; and to maintain the honor and dignity of the profession. SEAOC is divided into 5 different organizations. 

CERI, Center for Earthquake Research and Information, the University of Memphis: This site contains useful information on recent earthquakes. 

CIB, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction: established in 1953 to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and information exchange between governmental research institutes in the building and construction sector. 

CISC - Canadian Institute of Steel Construction is the national industry organization representing the structural steel, open web steel joist and steel platework fabricating industries. CISC operates as a technical, marketing and government relations organization. CISC promotes good design and safety, together with efficient and economical use of steel as a means of expanding the construction markets for structural steel, joists and platework. CISC services encompass, amongst others, information services related to design and costing of steel structures and preparation of design aids such as the Handbook of Steel Construction and marketing activities to promote the use of steel in construction. 

CISN, California Integrated Seismic Network: This site contains useful information on recent earthquakes. 

COMET, Centre of Observation and Modeling of Earthquake and Tectonic, England: COMET is a collaborative centre involving scientists from three universities: the University of Oxford, University College London, and the University of Cambridge. COMET scientists use satellite observations to model how the Earth's crust has deformed. 

Concrete Centre, UK: The Concrete Centre is the central development organisation for the UK cement and concrete industry. Its aim is to assist all those involved in design and construction to realise the full potential of concrete. 

Concrete Institute of Australia is an independent, non-profit organisation made up of many members who share a common interest in staying at the forefront of concrete technology, design & construction throughout Australia. 

CRSI - Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute — Founded in 1924, the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute (CRSI) is a trade association that stands as the authoritative resource for information related to steel reinforced concrete construction. Serving the needs of architects, engineers and construction professionals, CRSI offers many technical publications, design aids, software programs, educational seminars, promotional activities, membership functions and design award programs. 

CUREE: Consortium of Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering. This site contains, among other material, information on structure in architecture and recommendations for earthquake resistance in the design and construction of wood frame buildings. 

DPRI - Disaster Prevention Research Institute, Kyoto University: It was established in 1951. It carries out research on a variety of problems related to the prevention and reduction of natural disasters. 

Earthquake Research Institute, University of Tokyo: Established in 1924, its main task conducting scientific research on earthquake and volcanic eruption. 

ECCS - European Convention for Constructional Steelwork is the federation of the National Associations of Steelwork industries and covers a worldwide network of Industrial Companies, Universities and Research Institutes. The aim of ECCS is to develop the market for constructional steel in the service of its members by reaching consensual views on Eurocodes and standards, Products and technologies, Education and training methods, Merits of steel construction, Qualification of enterprises and Environmental aspects. 

EUCENTRE, European Centre for Training and Research in Earthquake Engineering, Italy: The primary mission of EUCENTRE is the development of applied research and carrying out training personnel in the field of seismic engineering. 

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency, USA: The primary mission of the Federal Emergency Management Agency is to reduce the loss of life and property from all hazards, including natural disasters. 

IAEE - International Association for Earthquake Engineering was established in February 1963 with its Central Office in Tokyo. The IAEE aims to promote international cooperation among scientists and engineers in the field of earthquake engineering through interchange of knowledge, ideas, and results of research and practical experience. 

ICC: The International Code Council (ICC) was established in 1994 to produce a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes for USA. Since then, it developes many of the codes used in construction industry. ICC-ES is as a subsidiary of the ICC, and it works as a leading agency in evaluating building products for compliance with code. Click here for more information about ICC-ES. 

ICI - Indian Concrete Institute, is a registered professional body of more than 8500 individuals and organizations from India, devoted to betterment of structural concrete and interested in the advancement of concrete and construction technologies, concrete products, Research & Development and Technical education. 

INSDAG - Institute for Steel Development and Growth, India, is a member-based non-profit making organization. The institute primarily works towards the development of technology in steel usage and the market for the steel fraternity.

International Federation for Structural Concrete (fib - fédération internationale du béton) is a non-profit organisation created in 1998 from the merger of the Euro-International Concrete Committee (CEB - Comité Euro-International du Béton) and the International Federation for Prestressing (FIP – Fédération Internationale de la Précontrainte). The parent organisations CEB and FIP existed independently since 1952. 

International Union of Testing and Research Laboratories for Materials and Structures (RILEM): The mission of RILEM is to advance scientific knowledge related to construction materials, systems and structures and to encourage transfer and application of this knowledge world-wide. This mission is achieved through collaboration of leading experts in construction practice and science including academics, researchers, testing laboratories and authorities. 

IRIS Seismic Monitor: Developed by IRIS Consortium, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Colorado, and Reel Illusions Inc. It provides information on global earthquakes around the world. 

IStructE - Institution of Structural Engineers (UK & International). 

JCI - Japan Concrete Institute: The Institute, as the parent body for promoting research concerning concrete, has the purpose of carrying out investigation and research on concrete, reinforced concrete, other types of concrete and various materials and equipment related to concrete, and through coordination of investigations and research and dissemination of the results, aims to further research and advances in technology concerning concrete. 

Mid-America EQ, Mid-America Earthquake Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: A research Center founded in 1997. Since then, it has published many reports on earthquake engineering. 

NAHB Research Center:  Created in 1964 as a subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), USA. The aim of this organization is to improve the Quality and Affordability of Housing. 

NCEDC - Northern California Earthquake Data Center: The Northern California Earthquake Data Cente is a joint project of the University of California Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The NCEDC is a long-term archive and distribution center for seismological and geodetic data for Northern and Central California. 

NCSEA - National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. 

NEES, George Brown Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation Program of the National Science Foundation: NEES is a shared national network of 15 experimental facilities, all linked by the ultra-high-speed Internet2 connections of NEESgrid. 

NISEE - National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering, University of California, Berkeley: Since 1972, it has been one of the major earthquake engineering information resources. 

NZSEE - New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering: The New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering was formed in April 1968, and through study projects, seminars, conferences, and publication of the BULLETIN, has made a significant impact on attitudes and practices for earthquake engineering. 

PEER, Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, University of California, Berkeley: Plenty of information on different topics of earthquake engineering can be found in PEER's reports. Earthquake records can be found in the PEER Strong Motion Database. Papers, reports and other information on performance-based seismic design are also available online. 

SCI - Steel Construction Institute, UK, is an independent, technical, member-based organisation, which was founded in 1986. The objective of The Steel Construction Institute is to develop and promote the effective use of steel in construction. SCI offers technical services to all professionals within the steel construction industry. SCI is probably the world's largest research and technical organisation supporting the use of steel in construction. 

SEA - Structural Engineers Association: Lot of interesting stuff and news from the USA Engineers. 

SEA - Structural Engineers Association International: contains, among other material, links to Structural Engineers' Associations worldwide. 

SED - Schweizerischer Erdbebendienst: Swiss Seismological Service. 

SESOC - Structural Engineering Society New Zealand: The objective of SESOC is to promote the science, art and practice of structural engineering; to ensure the advancement and dissemination of knowledge relating to structural engineering and to provide a forum for structural engineering practitioners to communicate amongst themselves and to the public at large. 

SSSS - Singapore Structural Steel Society was formed with the objectives of constituting an association of engineers, architects, industrialists and others concerned with and interested in the analysis, design, construction, research and other aspects of structural steels. The Society provides a forum for its members, guests and others, for discussion, education, collaboration and other mutually beneficial activities including seminars, invited lectures, short courses, and publications.

Steel Reinfrorcement Institute of Australia - The website of the Steel Reinforcement Institute of Australia offers a wealth of technical resources on reinforcing steel including special research and publications written by experts and developed specifically for use by practising engineers, architects, builders and government.

The Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (CPCI) - is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada with membership throughout the North America. CPCI, is an organization dedicated to fostering greater understanding and use of precast and prestressed concrete, maintains a staff of technical and marketing specialists.

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