Numerical investigation of the seismic performance of various types of bridge configuration using advanced analysis tools

Bridge infrastructure constitutes a substantial portion of national wealth of Canada, whose performance during earthquake events has a significant impact on the public safety. This study focuses on investigating the force-based and performance-based seismic design of bridges specified in the latest versions of Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code 2014/2019. Numerical studies will be conducted, and design guidelines will be recommended. The project will provide valuable insight into performance-based seismic design of bridges, which is helpful for its mass scale application in Canada. Spannovation Consulting Limited. is a new and forward-thinking organization started by principals with a combined experience of more than 40 years. In particular, Saqib Khan has over 20 years of seismic analysis and design experience and is also a member of the CAN/CSA-S6-19 subcommittee for Chapter 4 – Seismic Design. The principles are setting up a uniquely integrated practice comprising research and development, teaching bridge engineering, and consulting. This collaboration will help Spannovation solve some of the industry’s leading challenges in the seismic analysis and performance demonstration of bridges thereby helping the firm become a major player in the bridge research and development and consultancy arenas.

Faculty Supervisor:

Shahria Alam


Maher AL-Hawarneh


Spannovation Consulting Limited




Construction and infrastructure


University of British Columbia



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