To provide knowledge and skills for Malaysian Practitioners in the construction industries on the earthquake analysis and design of building
- To expose the earthquake design principles to local engineers
- To render professional services in earthquake regions
The main cause of damage to structures during an earthquake is their response to ground motions which are the loadings at the base. In order to design the structure under this type of loading condition, the principles of earthquake resistant design must be understood well. With the introduction of the Eurocode 8 which is going to be the main design code to be used for earthquake resistant design in Malaysia, practitioners must be prepared to comprehend its principals and procedures.
Designing for earthquake also needs the introductions of dynamic loading. When considering the analysis of structures for dynamic motions, the loading and all aspects of the response vary with time. This results in possible solutions at each instant during the time interval under consideration. From an engineering standpoint, the maximum values of the structural response are usually the ones of particular interest, especially in the case of structural design. Thus, the understanding of basic structural dynamic analysis and principal in earthquake design especially under the new code of EC8 are important for all engineers to understand.
Prof. Ir. Dr. Azlan Bin Adnan is a Professor of Structural Earthquake Engineering at the
Structural and Material Department, School of Civil Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and a profesional engineer under the Board of Engineers Malaysia. He is the Head for research group, “Engineering Seismology and Earthquake Engineering Research” or e-SEER.
He was born in Kuala Lumpur and had a high school education from Victoria Institution, Kuala Lumpur. He pursued his B.Sc in Civil Engineering at California
State University, Long Beach and his M.Sc in Structural Engineering at UTM. His Ph.D. degree was obtained through a joint program between UTM and Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, USA. Before joining UTM in 1989, Dr. Azlan Adnan had been working with several organizations in the government and private sectors for more than three years.
He is a member of several international associations such as the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) of United States and the Seismological Society of America (SSA) and serving as Malaysian Seismic Expert for International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), Paris, France, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna, Austria and Global Earthquake Model (GEM), Pavia, Italy.
Currently, he is serving as the Vice President
of Malaysian Structural Steel Association (MSSA). Since the setting up of e-SEER research group in 1998, the group had successfully obtained research funds of more than RM 8 million through the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) and
Construction Industry Development Board (CIDB) with 13 research titles as the project leader. All projects funded are related to earthquake studies; for examples, “Development of Seismic Design Code for Malaysia”, “Development of Earthquake Hazard Reduction Material Using Steel and Natural Rubber”, “Bridge Conditional Rating Using Artificial Neural Network Considering Earthquake Effects”, “Seismic Hazard and Risk Assessment for Malaysia”, and
Application of Base Isolation System to Bridges in Malaysia”.
Dr. Azlan has received fiveinternational and many national awards. He received awards for his invention, “Digital Triaxial Seismo Accelerograph using Single Mass and Hall Sensors (SEER-SAG)”; a gold medal in the 2005, 33rd International Exhibition on New Techniques, Innovation and Product at Geneva, Switzerland, and a bronze medal in the IENA 2004, International Trade Fair “Ideas-Inventions-New Products” at Nuremberg, Germany. He has also received the Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards for the year 2005 and 2008 under the category “R&D Project of the Year Award”. His invention of the “Intelligent Structural
Conditional Rating Inspection System (SEER-INTEL)”, has won a gold medal in the Malaysia
Technology Expo (MTE), 2008 and a silver medal in the Invention and New Product Exposition (INPEX) 2008 at Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA. His latest inventions of SEER-SAC and SEER-iBLOCK received two gold medals and “Innovation of the Year Award” at British Invention Show (BIS2013) in London. Beside publishing more than 200 technical and academic papers, he is also the earthquake engineering consultant for several mega projects on seismic hazard and risk for Pan-Borneo Sarawak Highway Project, the National Power Berhad (TNB) Thermal and Hydro Power Plants, the new expansion project of Penang bridge, the Second Penang Bridge, the KLIA1 and KLIA2 ATC towers, the new ironore processing plant in Teluk Rubiah, Perak, the Bum-Bum Island-Semporna Bridge, Tawau Dam in Sabah and the Bakun Dam, Sarawak. He is actively involved in the National Seismic Design Code Committee of Malaysia and MESTECC Inter-Agency Committee on Earthquake and Tsunami.