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I am Fawad, an early-career academic and researcher in the area of Structural Engineering. I am associated with University of British Columbia (UBC, Canada) and have set up this web portal as an online repository of my open educational resources. It contains my lectures, video playlists, class notes, blogposts, research publications, and many other resources. Please feel free to use them for educational and instructional purposes.

I also maintain a comprehensive set of professional training resources on my YouTube channel Understanding Structures with Fawad Najam. Please do visit this channel to explore detailed video playlists on topics of my educational interests.

For any feedbacks, please contact at fawad.najam@ubc.ca.

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Fawad Ahmed Najam

Lecturer & Research Fellow, School of Engineering, University of British Columbia (UBC), Okanagan, Canada V1V 1V7.

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Our study interests include the areas in structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, performance-based seismic assessment and design of structures, numerical analysis, seismic hazard analysis, disaster resilience and vulnerability assessment, nonlinear modeling of structures, finite element programming, and structural engineering software development.

1203, 2020

Significance of Soil-Structure Interaction in Seismic Response of Buildings

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Structural Engineering|0 Comments

In current design office practice, a commonly used modelling assumption is that the base of a building structure can be idealised with fixed support conditions, thereby neglecting any effects from soil-structure interaction (SSI). Various recent studies, however, have shown that the explicit consideration of SSI effects in seismic analysis of buildings [...]

1203, 2020

Torsional Irregularity Check and Accidental Torsion

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: FAQs|0 Comments

Question: I am currently working in a Consultancy firm in Islamabad and have few queries regarding torsional Irregularity explained as follows: 1) As per UBC torsional irregularity exists if "Maximum story drift, computed including accidental torsion, at one end of the structure transverse to an axis is more than 1.2 [...]

1309, 2016

The Importance of Understanding Structural Behavior

By |September 13th, 2016|Categories: Structural Engineering|0 Comments

Once my PhD advisor told me a story. He asked, “You might have seen simply supported beams hundreds of times in textbook illustrations, papers and presentations; Have you ever saw an actual simply supported beam as part of a real structure, with a pin support at one end and roller [...]

806, 2015

Concrete Mix Design – Art of Balancing the Conflicting Requirements

By |June 8th, 2015|Categories: Structural Engineering|0 Comments

Concrete Mix Design - Art of Balancing the Conflicting Requirements Why we need to explore potentials of Indigenous materials in Pakistan Concrete, like all other engineering materials, needs to be designed for properties like strength, durability, workability and cohesion. This extremely versatile material can be designed for strength ranging from [...]

2705, 2015

Basics of making professional looking graphs in MS Excel

By |May 27th, 2015|Categories: Structural Engineering|0 Comments

Basics of making professional looking graphs in MS Excel   Graphical data visualization is the key element of almost every research publication. An impressive data reporting can not only helps in clear deductions and convenient result interpretation but also attracts readers’ attention by conveying message in easy-to-understand way. Recently I came [...]

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