The Theory and Practice of Performance-based Design (PBD): The Future of Earthquake Engineering was held on 7 November 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Philippines for the benefit of the building and construction industry and the engineering professionals in the country where seismic activities are prevalent.

This technology transfer event, previously held in San Francisco, New York City, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Bangkok, was organized in the Philippines following the request from some members of the Association of Structural Engineers of the Philippines (ASEP) during the Bangkok seminar to conduct the seminar in the Philippines.

Over 280 participants drawn from public and private sectors comprised of engineers, architects, executives, managers, and directors attended the biggest PBD event in the Philippines organized by CSI in collaboration with ASEP and Asian Center for Engineering Computations and Software (ACECOMS) at the Asian Institute of Technology.

Keynote speaker Ashraf Habibullah, President and CEO of CSI, delivered a four-part lecture covering topics including nonlinear theory, nonlinear modeling, nonlinear analysis techniques, and nonlinear applications in structural engineering. The participants also had an opportunity to interact with Ashraf during coffee breaks and photo session at the end of the session.

A hands-on session was conducted on 8 November by ASEP and ACECOMS, AIT to provide hands-on demonstration of PBD. The seminar covered topics including: A General Approach in the Determination of Two Level Earthquakes for Performance-Based Earthquake Engineering Design by Engr. Carlos M. Villaraza, ASEP President; A Step-by-step Procedure on Performance-based Design of 40-story Reinforced Concrete Building (Overall Procedure) by Engr. Thaung Htut Aung, Deputy Project Director, AIT Consulting; and A Step-by-step Procedure on Performance-based Design of 40-story Reinforced Concrete Building (Detailed Modeling, Analysis and Evaluation) by Engr. Mir Shabir Ali Talpur, Senior Project Engineer, AIT Consulting.

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