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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Engineering Seismology and Seismic Norms


SchoolEnvironmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDENVE 419Semester7th
Course CategoryElective
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS

Lectures and Tutorials

T=2, E=1, L=0

Course TypeScientific area
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URLhttps// (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

The main objective of the course is to enable students, who have already gained knowledge of related subjects (statics, strength of materials, soil mechanics and foundations, structural analysis, reinforced concrete design), to understand basic topics of earthquake engineering, engineering seismology and seismic protection of structures.

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of earthquake engineering and engineering seismology.
  • Learn the basic principles of modern seismic norms and aseismic design principles.
  • To analyze and deal with the basic issues and problems in structural and geotechnical seismic engineering in a simple and effective way.
General Competencies/Skills
  • Search, analyze and synthesize data and information, using the necessary technologies
  • Adaptation to new circumstances and challenges
  • Decision making
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Design and Manage Projects
  • Advanced, free, creative  and causative thinking


The course content includes:

  1. Introduction to earthquake hazard and seismic risk of structures.
  2. Seismotectonics of Greece.
  3. Engineering seismology and soil dynamics.
  4. Local site conditions.
  5. Records and spectra.
  6. Introduction to structural dynamics.
  7. Single and multiple degrees of freedom systems.
  8. Greek and European seismic norms.
  9. Geotechnical/geoenvironmental earthquake engineering case studies.
  10. Analytical and computational projects.


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face)

Use of Information and Communication Technology

  • Extensive use of Information & Communication Technology in teaching procedure
  • Power point presentations
  • E-class support (for teaching and students communication)
  • Specialized software.
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures - Theory26
- Lectures - Methodology13
- Projects (individual reports)6
- Autonomous study30
Course Total75

Assessment Method

Ι. Written final examination (70%): Answering theoretical (and practical) questions related to lesson themes.

ΙΙ. Individual Projects (30%).



  • H. Bachmann, Αντισεισμική προστασία κατασκευών, Εκδόσεις Χ. Γκιούρδα, 1998. (Εudoxus code 12402).
  • M.N. Fardis, E. Carvalho, A. Elnashai, E. Faccioli, P. Pinto, A. Plumier. Οδηγός σχεδιασμού σύμφωνα με τον Ευρωκώδικα 8: Αντισεισμικός σχεδιασμός κατασκευών, Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 2011. (Εudoxus code 12534933). 
  • T. Paulay, M.J.N. Priestley, Αντισεισμικός σχεδιασμός κατασκευών από οπλισμένο σκυρόδεμα και τοιχοποιία, Εκδόσεις Κλειδάριθμος, 1996. (Εudoxus code 13601)
  • Χ. Καραγιάννης, Σχεδιασμός - Συμπεριφορά κατασκευών από ωπλισμένο σκυρόδεμα έναντι σεισμικών δράσεων, Εκδόσεις Σοφία, 2013. (Εudoxus code 33154704)

Recommended reading:

  • D. J. Dowrick, Αντισεισμικός σχεδιασμός, Εκδόσεις Χ. Γκιουρδα, 1983. (Εudoxus code 12403)
  • Ιγνατάκης Χ., Σέξτος, Α., Κτίρια από οπλισμένο σκυρόδεμα. Διαστασιολόγηση σύμφωνα με τους Ευρωκώδικες 2 και 8. Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών,, 2015.
  • Κίρτας  Ε.,  Παναγόπουλος Γ., Προσομοίωση κατασκευών σε προγράμματα ηλεκτρονικού υπολογιστή, Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών,, 2014.
  • Μανώλης Γ.Δ.,  Κολιόπουλος Π.Κ., Παναγιωτόπουλος Χ.Γ., Δυναμική των κατασκευών, Σύνδεσμος Ελληνικών Ακαδημαϊκών Βιβλιοθηκών,, 2015.


Course Instructor:Professor Y. Tsompanakis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Lectures:Professor Y. Tsompanakis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Tutorial exercises:I. Koutsogiannaki (LTS- EnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises: