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Civil Engineering Master Information
3. Semester
Major Courses
Major in Construction and Maintenance Management
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
101-0549-00LSelected Topics on Legal Aspects in Civil EngineeringW+3 credits2GH. Briner, D. Trümpy
AbstractBasic knowledge in public and private law of civil engineering. Examples of the subjects treated: space management, protection of the environment, legal procedures, standards for building technology and contracts.
ObjectivePart 1: The students shall acquire basic knowledge of the public law concerning civil engineering:
space management, conception of buildings, protection of the environment, procedures
Part 2: The students shall acquire basic knowledge of the private law concerning civil engineering
ContentTeil 1: Jede Lektion behandelt für ein bestimmtes Stadium des Projekts ein Thema des öffentlichen Baurechts wie Bau- und Zonenordnungen, Quartierpläne, Umweltverträglichkeitsprüfungen, Baubewilligungsverfahren etc..
Teil 2: Grundzüge des privaten Baurechts wie Abnahme und Genehmigung von Bauwerken, Vollmacht des Architekten / Ingenieurs zu Rechtshandlungen namens des Bauherrn, Mängelrüge im Bauwesen, Mehrheit ersatzpflichtiger Baubeteiligter, Generalunternehmervertrag, Haftung des Baumaterialverkäufers, Bauhandwerkerpfandrecht, Grundzüge der SIA-Norm 118, Baukonsortium, technische Normen, internationale Bauverträge, Architekten / Ingenieure als Gerichtsexperten, Aspekte des Bauzivilprozesses
Lecture notesD. Trümpy: Tafeln zu den Grundzügen des schweizerischen Bauvertragsrechts (Vorlesungsunterlage)
H. Briner: Tafeln zu den Grundzügen des öffentlichen Raumplanungs-, Bau- und Umweltrechts (Vorlesungsunterlage)
Literature- Stöckli P./Siegenthaler Th. (Hrsg.) Die Planerverträge, Schulthess 2013
- Gauch Peter, Werkvertrag, 5. Auflage, Schulthess 2011
- Lendi, M.; Nef, U.Chr.; Trümpy, D. (Hrsg.): Das private Baurecht in der Schweiz, vdf Zürich 1994
- Trümpy, D.: Architektenvertragstypen unter Berücksichtigung der Ausgabe 1984 der SIA-Ordnung 102, Zürcher Studien zum Privatrecht Nr. 67, Zürich 1989
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Teilnehmer sollen stets ein Exemplar der SIA-Norm 118, der SIA-LHO 103 sowie die Gesetzesausgaben von OR und ZGB bei sich haben.
101-0577-00LAn Introduction to Sustainable Development in the Built EnvironmentO3 credits2GG. Habert
AbstractThis year the UN Conference in Paris will shape future world objectives to tackle climate change.
This course provides an introduction to the notion of sustainable development when applied to our built environment
ObjectiveAt the end of the semester, the students have an understanding of the term of sustainable development, its history, the current political and scientific discourses and its relevance for our built environment.

In order to address current challenges of climate change mitigation and resource depletion, students will learn a holistic approach of sustainable development. Ecological, economical and social constraints will be presented and students will learn about methods for argumentation and tools for assessment (i.e. life cycle assessment).

For this purpose an overview of sustainable development is presented with an introduction to the history of sustainability and its today definition as well as the role of cities, urbanisation and material resources (i.e. energy, construction material) in social economic and environmetal aspects.

The course aims to promote an integral view and understanding of sustainability and describing different spheres (social/cultural, ecological, economical, and institutional) that influence our built environment.

Students will acquire critical knowledge and understand the role of involved stakeholders, their motivations and constraints, learn how to evaluate challenges, identify deficits and define strategies to promote a more sustainable construction.

After the course students should be able to define the relevance of specific local, regional or territorial aspects to achieve coherent and applicable solutions toward sustainable development.

The course offers an environmental, socio-economic and socio-technical perspective focussing on buildings, cities and their transition to resilience with sustainable development. Students will learn on theory and application of current scientific pathways towards sustainable development.
ContentThe following topics give an overview of the themes that are to be worked on during the lecture.

- Overview on the history and emergence of sustainable development
- Overview on the current understanding and definition of sustainable development

- Case Study 1: Sustainable construction, the role of construction industry (national/international)
- Case Study 2: Cities, forms of settlements
- Case Study 3: Material resources, scenarios, energy, construction materials, urban metabolism
- Case Study 4: Buildings, heating/cooling, consumers, prosumers and other stakeholder, cooperations

- Method 1: Life cycle assessment (planning, construction, operation/use, deconstruction)
- Method 2: Economics for sustainable construction
- Method 3: Construction, flexibility, modularity

- Synthesis 1: Climate Change mitigation and adaptation in cities
- Synthesis 2: Transition to sustainable development
Lecture notesAll relevant information will be online available before the lectures. For each lecture slides of the lecture will be provided.
LiteratureA list of the basic literature will be offered on a specific online platform, that could be used by all students attending the lectures.
101-0587-00LWorkshop on Sustainable Building Certification Restricted registration - show details
Number of participants limited to 25
W+3 credits2GD. Kellenberger
AbstractBuilding labels are used to certify buildings and neighbourhoods in term of sustainability. Many different labels have been developed and can be used in Switzerland (LEED, DGNB, SNBS, Minergie). In this course the differences between the certification labels and its application on 3 emblematic case study buildings will be discussed.
ObjectiveAfter this course, the students are able to understand and use the different certification labels.
They have a clear view of what the labels take into consideration and what they don't.
ContentThree buildings case study will be presented.

Different certification schemes, including LEED (American standard), DGNB (German Standard with Swiss adaptation), SNBS, MINERGIE-ECO and 2000-Watt-Society (Swiss standards) will be presented and explained by experts.

After this overall general presentation and in order to have a closer look to specific aspects of sustainability, students will work in groups and assess during one or two weeks this specific criteria on one of the case studies presented before. This practical hands on the label will end with a presentation and a discussion where we will highlight differences between the labels.

This alternance of working session on one specific criteria for one specific building followed by a group presentation and discussion to compare labels is repeated for the different focus point (operation energy, mobility, daylight, indoor air quality).
Lecture notesThe slides from the presentations will be made available.
LiteratureAll documents for certification labels as well as detail plans of the buildings will be available for the students.
101-0439-00LIntroduction to Economic Analysis - A Case Study Approach with Cost Benefit Analysis in TransportW6 credits4GK. W. Axhausen, R. Schubert
AbstractThe course presents cost benefit analysis and related evaluation methods in transport and introduces the survey methods used to derive the monetary values of non-market goods.
ObjectiveFamiliarity with the essential methods of project appraisal
ContentCost-Benefit-Analysis; multi-criteria analysis; European guidelines; stated response methods; travel cost approach and others; Valuation of travel time savings; valuation of traffic safety
Lecture notesHandouts
LiteratureVSS (2006) SN 640 820: Kosten-Nutzen-Analysen im Strassenverkehr, VSS, Zürich.

Boardman, A.E., D.H. Greenberg, A.R. Vining und D.L. Weimer (2001) Cost – Benefit – Analysis: Concepts and Practise, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River.

ecoplan and metron (2005) Kosten-Nutzen-Analysen im Strassenverkehr: Kommentar zu SN 640 820, UVEK, Bern.
101-0419-00LRailway Construction and MaintenanceW4 credits4GU. A. Weidmann, P. Güldenapfel, M. Kohler, M. J. Manhart, further speakers
AbstractTrack geometry including calculation and measuring as well as related data systems; interaction between track and vehicles, vehicle dynamics, stress; track construction including special features of railway bridges and tunnels; track diagnostics and forcast; track maintenance and related methods
ObjectiveThe lecture gives a deeper insight into track geometry, the interaction between track and vehicles as well as in construction and dimensioning of the track. Methods for the diagnosis of the state of the track and its forcast are shown. State-of-the-art maintenance strategies and technologies are presented.
ContentTrack geometry including calculation and measuring as well as related data systems; interaction between track and vehicles, vehicle dynamics, stress; track construction including special features of railway bridges and tunnels; track diagnostics and forcast; track maintenance and related methods
Lecture notesThe slides will be made available.
LiteratureA list with related technical literature will be handed out.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe lecture Railway Infrastructures (Transportation II) is recommended.
Major in Geotechnical Engineering
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
101-0329-00LTunnelling IIIW4 credits2GG. Anagnostou, E. Pimentel, M. Ramoni
AbstractDeepen the knowledge on selected topics of underground construction as well as learning working out conceptual solutions of complex problems.
ObjectiveLecture: Deepen the knowledge on selected topics of underground construction.
Exercises: Conceptual solutions of complex problems.
ContentCaverns: Geometry, construction methods, support.
Shafts: Construction methods, support.
Urban tunnelling: Boundary conditions, system choice, alignement, design.
Field measurements: Principles, monitoring layout, applications, interpretation.
Cut and cover tunnels: Modelling, design.
Exercising conceptual solution of complex tunnelling problems based upon discussion of current tunnel cases with particularly demanding problems in small groups.
Lecture notesAutographieblätter
LiteratureEmpfehlungen
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisite: BSc course "Tunnelling", MSc courses "Tunnelling I" and "Tunnelling II".
101-0339-00LEnvironmental GeotechnicsW3 credits2GM. Plötze
AbstractIntroduction of basic knowledge about problems with contaminated sites, investigation of this sites, risque management, remediation and reclamation techniques as well as monitoring systems.
Introduction in landfill design and engineering with focus on barrier- and drainage systems and lining materials, evaluation of geotechnical problems, e.g. stability
ObjectiveIntroduction of basic knowledge about problems with contaminated sites, investigation of this sites, risque management, remediation and reclamation techniques as well as monitoring systems.
Introduction in landfill design and engineering with focus on barrier- and drainage systems as wellas lining materials, evaluation of geotechnical problems, e.g. stability
ContentDefinition of contaminated sites, site investigation methods, historical research and technical investigation, risque assessment, contamination transport, remediation, clean-up and retaining techniques (e.g. bioremediation, incineration, retaining walls, pump-and-treat, permeable reactive barriers), monitoring, research projects and results

waste, waste disposal, treatment and management, multi-barrier-systems, site investigation, lining systems and recovering systems of landfill (e.g. materials, drainage systems, geosynthetics), stability, research projects and results
Lecture notesDr. R. Hermanns Stengele, Dr. M. Plötze: Environmental Geotechnics (german) digital
Prerequisites / Noticeexcursion
101-0359-00LPhysical Modelling in Geotechnics
Does not take place this semester.
W3 credits2Gto be announced
AbstractAspects of both physical modelling in geotechnical engineering complemented by application of numerical modelling: appreciation of typical mechanisms pertaining to ultimate & serviceability limit state; influence on resulting design methods
ObjectiveLeading to an appreciation of the typical mechanisms pertaining to ultimate & serviceability limit state
Influence on resulting design methods.
ContentPrinciples of physical modelling:
Centrifuge (physics, scaling laws, errors)
Experimental methods:
Geotechnical (sand/clay model making, site investigation), mechanical (packages, actuators), electronic (data acquisition)
Application of physical modelling for typical geotechnical problems, validated or calibrated by finite element analysis (learnt and applied in an earlier course).
Review of mechanisms observed, comparison between modelling, numerical and/or classical plasticity methods, implications for design.

From:- Foundations (shallow and deep), bridge abutments, reinforced soils, soil nailing & anchorages, tunnels & deep excavations, earthquake effects, dynamic problems, environmental geomechanics, transport processes, dams, embankments & slopes, cold regions engineering.
Lecture notesHandout notes,
Example worksheets
http://geotip.igt.ethz.ch
Literature- Taylor, R.N. (Ed) (1995): Geotechnical centrifuge technology, Blackie Academic & Professional, London.
- Craig, W.H.; James, R.G.; Schofield, A.N. (Eds) (1998): Centrifuges in soil mechanics, Balkema, Rotterdam.
- Britto, A.M.; Gunn, M. (1987): Finite elements with critical state soil mechanics, Ellis Horwood, London.
- Springman, S.M. (Ed.) (2002): Constitutive & Centrifuge Modelling: Two Extremes, Swets & Zeitlinger, Lisse, The Netherlands.
- Springman, S.M.; Laue, J.; Seward, L.J. (Eds.) (2010) Physical Modelling in Geotechnics ICPMG 2010 Vols. 1 & 2
Prerequisites / NoticeA simple soil structure interaction boundary value problem will be selected (e.g., foundation, embankment, slope) as the exercise topic, which will modelled, in various forms, throughout the course. A predictive (class A) numerical analysis will be carried out by the students, followed by a centrifuge test on the same geometry to validate the numerical calculations. Subsequently a Class C2 numerical analysis will be conducted, calibrated by the physical modelling event.
101-0367-00LGeotechnical Engineering in TransportationW3 credits2GC. Rabaiotti
AbstractRoad design criteria, Technology of road construction materials, geotechnical testing methods in Laboratory and in situ, Planning, monitoring and interpretation of soil field tests, Soil classification for traffic construction, Compaction of road structures and dams, Frost characteristics of soil materials, soil stabilization
ObjectiveAim of the course is to teach students the most important aspects of the road structure, its building and design methods. An essential part of the course is devoted to understand the influence of the insitu
conditions: soil, underground, climate, water, as well as of the charachteristics of building materials and of road surface on the durability of the pavement.
ContentRoad design criteria, Technology of road construction materials, geotechnical testing methods in Laboratory and in situ, Planning, monitoring and interpretation of soil field tests, Soil classification for traffic construction, Compaction of road structures and dams, Frost characteristics of soil materials, soil stabilization
Lecture notesAutographie, Uebungsblätter, Handouts
Literatureas indicated in the course
Prerequisites / NoticeIn den Vorlesungen und Übungen werden verschiedene Demonstrationsmaterialien verwendet.

Voraussetzungen: Grundlagenkenntnisse in "Bodenmechanik/Grundbau" sowie in "Projektierung von Verkehrsanlagen"
Major in Structural Engineering
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
101-0119-00LStructural Masonry Information W3 credits2GN. Mojsilovic
AbstractKnowledge of the engineering properties of materials for masonry construction.
Technical understanding of the structural behaviour of load-bearing masonry structures subjected to in-plane forces and combined actions.
Develop a technical competence for design procedures for load-bearing masonry structures by means of exercises.
ObjectiveKnowledge of the engineering properties of materials for masonry construction.
Technical understanding of the structural behaviour of load-bearing masonry structures subjected to in-plane forces and combined actions.
Develop a technical competence for design procedures for load-bearing masonry structures by means of exercises.
ContentHistorical Development of Masonry Construction
Detailing and Execution
Construction Materials
Structural Behaviour and Modelling
Structural Analysis and Dimensioning
Reinforced Masonry
Seismic Behaviour
Lecture notesLecture notes
Literature"Mauerwerk", Zimmerli Bruno, Schwartz Joseph und Schwegler Gregor, Birkhäuser Verlag Basel, 1999
"Mauerwerk, Bemessungsbeispiele zur Norm SIA 266", SIA Dokumentation D0257, 2015
"Mauerwerk", Norm SIA 266, 2015
"Mauerwerk - Ergänzende Festlegungen", Norm SIA 266/1, 2015
Prerequisites / NoticeStructural Concrete III
101-0129-00LExisting StructuresW3 credits2GT. Vogel
AbstractTreatment of the topic primarily from the perspective of a consulting engineer dealing with a single object.
Elaboration of a systematic procedure for respective projects. Consolidation for concrete structures and extension to other construction methods.
Uncovering of interfaces between owners, architects, contractors and specialists.
ObjectiveTreatment of the topic primarily from the perspective of a consulting engineer dealing with a single object.
Elaboration of a systematic procedure for respective projects. Consolidation for concrete structures and extension to other construction methods.
Uncovering of interfaces between owners, architects, contractors and specialists.
ContentSystematics of existing structures, examination (condition survey, condition examination, recommendation of remedial measures), non-destructive testing methods, natural stone masonry, strengthening methods (esp. plate bonding)
Lecture notesLecture notes
LiteratureNormen SIA 269, 269/1 bis 269/6,
SIA-Dokumentationen D 0239 und D 0240 der Einführungskurse
101-0149-00LPlate and Shell StructuresW3 credits2GT. Vogel, S. Fricker
AbstractBasic load bearing behaviour of plate and shell structures
ObjectiveComprehension of basic load bearing behaviour of plate and shell structures; knowledge of typical applications of different materials, ability to reasonably interpret and check results of numerical calculations; establish access to technical literature.
ContentIn-plane loaded plates (cartesian and polar coordinates)
Kinematics of in-plane loaded plates
Folded plate structures
Thin plates with small deflections
Circular plates
Thin plates with large deflections
Geometry of curved surfaces
Shells (basics, membrane theory, bending theory, form finding)
Lecture notesAutographie "Flächentragwerke"
LiteratureEmpfohlen:
- Girkmann, K.: "Flächentragwerke", Springer-Verlag, Wien, 1963, 632 pp.
- Flügge, S.: "Stresses in Shells", Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 1967, 499 pp.
- Hake, E. ; Meskouris,K. : "Statik der Flächentragwerke", Springer-Verlag, Berlin, 2001
- Timoshenko, S.P.; Woinowsky-Krieger, S.: "Theory of Plates and Shells", McGraw-Hill, New-York, 1959, 580 pp.
101-0159-00LMethod of Finite Elements IIW3 credits2GE. Chatzi
AbstractBasic theoretical and procedural concepts of the method of finite elements (FE) for the analysis of nonlinear & dynamic systems are introduced. Kinematic and material nonlinear effects and the dynamic analysis of structures in terms of modal and time domain analysis are described.
The course is complemented by Homework Sessions using computing tools and FE software such as MATLAB, ABAQUS & ANSYS.
ObjectiveBasic theoretical and procedural concepts of the method of finite elements (FE) for the analysis of nonlinear & dynamic systems are introduced. Kinematic and material nonlinear effects and the dynamic analysis of structures in terms of modal and time domain analysis are described.
The course is complemented by Homework Sessions using computing tools and FE software such as MATLAB, ABAQUS & ANSYS.
ContentIntroduction to finite element nonlinear analysis in structural engineering.
Formulation and solution of nonlinear problems.
Nonlinear constitutive relations.
Dynamic finite element analysis.
Solution of eigen value problems.
Practical application of the finite element nonlinear and/or dynamic analysis
Problem solution using MATLAB, ABAQUS and ANSYS
Lecture notesHandouts, Course Script available on http://www.ibk.ethz.ch/ibk/ibk/ch/education/femII/index_EN
LiteratureCourse Script available on http://www.ibk.ethz.ch/ibk/ibk/ch/education/femII/index_EN

Useful Reading:
"Nonlinear Finite Elements of Continua and Structures" by T. Belytschko, W.K. Liu, and B. Moran.
Bathe, K.J., Finite Element Procedures, Prentice Hall, 1996.
101-0169-00LTimber Structures II Restricted registration - show details
Prerequisite: Timber Structures I (101-0168-00L)
W3 credits2GA. Frangi, R. Jockwer, R. Steiger
AbstractBasic knowledge of structural timber design including material behaviour especially anisotropy, moisture and long duration effects and their consideration in structural analysis and detailing. Design, detailing and structural analysis of timber roof structures, buildings and bridges.
ObjectiveComprehension and application of basic knowledge of structural timber design including material behaviour especially anisotropy, moisture and long duration effects and their consideration in structural analysis and detailing. Design, detailing and structural analysis of timber roof structures, buildings and bridges.
ContentField of application of timber structures; Timber as building material (wood structure, physical and mechanical properties of wood and wood-based products); Durability; Principles of design and dimensioning; Connections (dowels, nails, screws, glued connections); Timber components and assemblies (mechanically jointed beams, trusses); Design and detaling of timber roof structures, buildings and bridges.
Lecture notesAutography Timber Structures
Copies of lecture slides
LiteratureTimber design tables HBT 1, Lignum (2012)
Swiss Standard SIA 265 (2012)
Swiss Standard SIA 265/1 (2009)
Prerequisites / NoticeTimber Structures I
101-0189-00LSeismic Design of Structures IIW3 credits2GB. Stojadinovic
AbstractThe following advanced topics are covered: 1) behavior and non-linear response of structural systems under earthquake excitation; 2) seismic behavior and design of moment frame, braced frame, shear wall and masonry structures; 3) fundamentals of seismic isolation; and 4) assessment and retrofit of existing buildings. These topics are discussed in terms of performance-based seismic design.
ObjectiveAfter successfully completing this course the students will be able to:
1. Use the knowledge of nonlinear dynamic response of structures to interpret the design code provisions and apply them in seismic design structural systems.
2. Explain the seismic behavior of moment frame, braced frame and shear wall structural systems and successfully design such systems to achieve the performance objectives stipulated by the design codes.
3. Determine the performance of structures under earthquake loading using modern performance assessment methods and analysis tools.
ContentThis course completes the series of two courses on seismic design of structures at ETHZ. Building on the material covered in Seismic Design of Structures I, the following advanced topics will be covered in this course: 1) behavior and non-linear response of structural systems under earthquake excitation; 2) seismic behavior and design of moment frame, braced frame and shear wall structures; 3) fundamentals of seismic isolation; and 4) assessment and retrofit of existing buildings. These topics will be discussed from the standpoint of performance-based design.
Lecture notesThe electronic copies of the learning material will be uploaded to ILIAS and available through myStudies. The learning material includes the lecture presentations, additional reading, and exercise problems and solutions.
LiteratureEarthquake Engineering: From Engineering Seismology to Performance-Based Engineering, Yousef Borzorgnia and Vitelmo Bertero, Eds., CRC Press, 2004

Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, 4th edition, Anil Chopra, Prentice Hall, 2014

Erdbebensicherung von Bauwerken, 2nd edition, Hugo Bachmann, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2002
Prerequisites / NoticeETH Seismic Design of Structures I course, or equivalent. Students are expected to understand the seismological nature of earthquakes, to characterize the ground motion excitation, to analyze the response of elastic single- and multiple-degree-of-freedom systems to earthquake excitation, to use the concept of response and design spectrum, to compute the equivalent seismic loads on simple structures, and to perform code-based seismic design of simple structures. Familiarity with structural analysis software, such as SAP2000, and general-purpose numerical analysis software, such as Matlab, is expected.
101-0179-00LProbabilistic Seismic Risk Analysis and Management for Civil SystemsW3 credits2GB. Stojadinovic, M. Broccardo, S. Esposito, P. Galanis
AbstractAdvanced topics covered in this course are: 1) probabilistic seismic hazard analysis; 2) probabilistic seismic risk analysis; 3) seismic risk management using structural and financial engineering means; and, time permitting, 4) advanced topics in systemic probabilistic risk evaluation.
ObjectiveAfter successfully completing this course the students will be able to:

1. Gather the necessary data and conduct a probabilistic seismic hazard analysis for a site.
2. Gather the necessary data and conduct a probabilistic vulnerability analysis of a building or an element of a civil infrastructure system at a site.
3. Design structural and/or financial engineering solutions to mitigate the seismic risk at a site.
ContentThis course extends the series of two courses on seismic design of structures at ETHZ and introduces the topic of probabilistic seismic risk analysis and seismic risk management for the build environment and civil infrastructure systems. The following advanced topics will be covered in this course: 1) probabilistic seismic hazard analysis; 2) probabilistic seismic risk analysis; 3) seismic risk management using structural and financial engineering means; and, time permitting, 4) advanced topics in systemic probabilistic risk evaluation.
Lecture notesThe electronic copies of the learning material will be uploaded to ILIAS and available through myStudies. This will include the lecture notes, additional reading, and exercise problems and solutions. There is no textbook for this course.
LiteratureReading material:
- Jack R Benjamin, C. Allin Cornell (2014) Probability, Statistics, and Decision for Civil Engineers
- A. H-S. Ang (Author), W. H. Tang Probability Concepts in Engineering: Emphasis on Applications to Civil and Environmental Engineering
- P.E. Pinto, R. Giannini and P. Franchin (2004) Seismic reliability analysis of structures, IUSSPress. Pavia;
- McGuire, R.K. 2004. Seismic hazard and risk analysis: EERI Monograph MNO-10, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute.
- A Mc. Neil, R. Frey and P. Embrechts, Quantitative Risk Management, Concepts, Techniques and Tools, Princeton University Press, 2015
- R. Rees, A. Wambach, The Microeconomics of Insurance, Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics, Vol. 4, Mps. 1-2 (2008), pp. 1- 163, DOI: 10.1561/0700000023
- Earthquake Engineering: From Engineering Seismology to Performance-Based Engineering, Yousef Borzorgnia and Vitelmo Bertero, Eds., CRC Press, 2004
- Dynamics of Structures: Theory and Applications to Earthquake Engineering, 4th edition, Anil Chopra, Prentice Hall, 2012
- Erdbebensicherung von Bauwerken, 2nd edition, Hugo Bachmann, Birkhäuser, Basel, 2002

References:
-Norm SIA 261: Einwirkungen auf Tragwerke (Actions on Structures). Schweizerischer Ingenieur- und Architekten-Verein, Zürich, 2003

Software:
- Bispec: software for unidirectional and bidirectional dynamic time-history and spectral seismic analysis of a simple dynamic system. http://eqsols.com/Bispec.aspx
- SAP2000 v15.1: general-purpose 3D nonlinear structural analysis software. http://www.csiberkeley.com/sap2000
- OpenSees: Open System for Earthquake Engineering Simulation, is an object-oriented, open- source software framework. http://opensees.berkeley.edu/
Prerequisites / NoticeETH Seismic Design of Structures I course (101-0188-00), or equivalent. Students are expected to understand the seismological nature of earthquakes, to characterize the ground motion excitation, to analyze the response of elastic single- and multiple-degree-of-freedom systems to earthquake excitation, to use the concept of response and design spectrum, to compute the equivalent seismic loads on simple structures, and to perform code-based seismic design of simple structures.
101-0637-01LWood and Wood Composites
Remark: Until HS15 in major materials and mechanics.
W3 credits2GA. Frangi, I. Burgert, G. Fink, M. Fontana, R. Steiger
AbstractKnowledge of characteristic properties of wood as a anisotropic and porous material and their consideration in structural timber design. History, ecology, structure of timber, drying, material properties, influence of moisture and creep. Durability and grading.
Solid timber, glued laminated timber and wood composites.
Fire behaviour and fire design.
ObjectiveKnowledge of characteristic properties of wood as a anisotropic and porous material and their consideration in structural timber design. Knowledge about history, ecology, structure of timber, drying, material properties, influence of moisture and creep, durability and grading.
Knowledge about material properties and field of applications of solid timber, glued laminated timber and wood composites.
Design of timber in fire.
ContentCharacteristic properties of wood as a anisotropic and porous material and their consideration in structural timber design. History, ecology, structure of timber, drying, material properties, influence of moisture and creep, grading. Durability.
Material properties and field of applications of solid timber, glued laminated timber and wood composites.
Fire safety and fire design.
Case studies.
Lecture notesPower Point slides. Further literature.
Literature- U. Lohmann: Holzhandbuch, 2. Aufl., DRW-Verlag Stuttgart, 1982
- R. von Halasz, C. Scheer (Hrsg.): Holzbau-Taschenbuch, Band 1: Grundlagen, Entwurf und Konstruktionen, 8. Aufl., Verlag Ernst & Sohn, Berlin., 1986
Prerequisites / NoticeDie Vorlesung ist mit einer halbtägigen Exkursion verbunden.

Voraussetzungen: Grundkenntnisse der Baustoffkunde
101-0190-06LTopics on Signal Processing and IdentificationW2 credits2VS. Pakzad
AbstractIn this course some fundamental topics on digital signal processing will be reviewed. This includes an introduction to digital signals In time, frequency and z-domain, as well as sampling theory and digital filter design. We will then discuss the state space model of dynamic systems and introduce methods of identification of such systems, with an emphasis on using data from mobile sensors.
ObjectiveThe students will be able to analyse digital signals and systems in time-, z-, and frequency domains, and create, implement, and identify digital systems. The examples and sample data are measured from civil structures.
Major in Transport Systems
NumberTitleTypeECTSHoursLecturers
101-0439-00LIntroduction to Economic Analysis - A Case Study Approach with Cost Benefit Analysis in TransportW6 credits4GK. W. Axhausen, R. Schubert
AbstractThe course presents cost benefit analysis and related evaluation methods in transport and introduces the survey methods used to derive the monetary values of non-market goods.
ObjectiveFamiliarity with the essential methods of project appraisal
ContentCost-Benefit-Analysis; multi-criteria analysis; European guidelines; stated response methods; travel cost approach and others; Valuation of travel time savings; valuation of traffic safety
Lecture notesHandouts
LiteratureVSS (2006) SN 640 820: Kosten-Nutzen-Analysen im Strassenverkehr, VSS, Zürich.

Boardman, A.E., D.H. Greenberg, A.R. Vining und D.L. Weimer (2001) Cost – Benefit – Analysis: Concepts and Practise, Prentice-Hall, Upper Saddle River.

ecoplan and metron (2005) Kosten-Nutzen-Analysen im Strassenverkehr: Kommentar zu SN 640 820, UVEK, Bern.
101-0469-00LRoad SafetyW6 credits4GH. Schüller, M. Deublein
AbstractThe collection and the methods of statistical and geographical analysis of road accidents are important fundamentals of this course. Safety Aspects in design of urban roads are discussed and measures for improving the safety situation are presented. Procedures of infrastructure safety management for administrations and police are another topic.
ObjectiveImparting knowledge base about road safety and the event of accident, presenting possibilities to increase road safety
ContentAccident origin, collection of road accidents, statistical (descriptive and multivariate, accident prediction models) and geographical analysis of road accidents, risk analysis and rehabilitation measures, road safety instruments for infrastructure with focus on road safety audit, Swiss and international transport policy
LiteratureBasic literature: message Via sicura; Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management; ELVIK, R.; VAA, T. (2004). The Handbook of Road Safety Measures. Oxford: ELSEVIER Ltd.; EU-Projekt RiPCORD-iSEREST (http://ripcord.bast.de/)
Further literature: will be presented during the course
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