SDA leads seminar on the topic "Design and calculation in the earthquake situation"

As part of the monthly seminars of the BDB Aachen, the SDA-engineering GmbH leads the event on the subject "Design and calculation in the earthquake situation". The event is concerned with aspects of the design suitable for the earthquake as well as the verification concepts of the Eurocode 8 (DIN EN 1998-1, DIN EN 1998-1/NA). Here, the focus is particularly directed to the introduction of the national Annex of the EC8 and the introduction of new earthquake maps for Germany.

The event will take place on September 9, 2019 in Aachen. The venue will be announced.

Seminar on seismic design of buildings lead by SDA-engineering at the Chamber of Engineers North Rhine-Westphalia

On 05.04.2019 for the 3rd time the SDA-engineering GmbH directs the seminar on the topic of “seismic design of buildings according to DIN EN 1998” of the Akademie of engineers West e. V. The seminar around the topic earthquake under the direction of Prof. Butenweg will take place on 05.04.2019 from 10.00-17.30 in Dortmund. Further information can be found on the website of the Akademie of engineers West e. V.

Construction seminars 2019 of KS Süd e.V.

The SDA-engineering GmbH, represented by Prof. Butenweg, leads the lecture "Earthquake design of masonry structures made of sand-lime bricks according to DIN EN 1998-1" of the construction seminars of KS Süd e. V. in February 2019. The event will take place on the following dates:

February, 12 Frankenthal

February, 13 Neu-Isenburg

February, 14 Karlsruhe

February, 19 Freiburg-Munzingen

February, 20 Filderstadt

SDA at the German Environmental Congress 2018

At the German Environmental Congress on 19. and 20. of September 2018 the SDA engineering GmbH was represented with the lecture "Earthquake Design of Industrial Plants" by Prof. Butenweg. The lecture provided the basics of seismic design of industrial facilities according to the Eurocode concept in conjunction with the VCI guideline "The load case earthquake in plant engineering".

SDA supports the training of international engineers in the graduate program MME-Construct

The master program will improve the structural engineering knowledge in subjects such as the design of industrial facilities under exceptional loading, seismic design and vulnerability assessment of structures to hazardous events. The knowledge in structural analysis will be enhanced by the application of innovative numerical solution methods and professional software packages. SDA is supporting the courses “Design and Detailing of Nonstructural Industrial Components and Equipment” and “Selected Chapters of Plant Engineering and Construction” at the RWTH Aachen University.

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SDA becomes operational in DAfM Research Advisory Board

The German Committee for Masonry Construction e. V. (DAfM) concentrates the existing expertise of science, construction supervision, consulting engineers and test engineers as well as builders, construction industry and building materials industry in the field of masonry construction. The aim of the DAfM's work is to promote science and application research in the field of masonry construction in order to generate user-friendly guidelines and practice-oriented execution rules. SDA supports the work of the Research Advisory Board with many years of experience in practice and research.

2nd SeDIF-Conference 2020 in Aachen

SDA hosts the second International Conference on Seismic Design of Industrial Facilities together with the Chair of Structural Analysis and Dynamics (RWTH Aachen University), the Center for Wind and Earthquake Engineering (RWTH Aachen University), TÜV SÜD Industrie Service GmbH and TÜV SÜD Academy GmbH. This conference takes place in Aachen on March 4.-5., 2020 and aims at bringing together researchers, design engineers and plant operators to discuss the particularities of seismic design in plant engineering. Detailed information on the SeDIF-Conference 2020 can be found on

SDA participates in the 16. ECEE in Thessaloniki

This year, the 16th European Conference on Earthquake Engineering takes place in Thessaloniki from 18.-21. of June 2018. Earthquake engineers, geotechnicians as well as geologists and seismologists from all over the world will meet to discuss current findings. SDA-engineering is represented with a total of five specialist articles from various topics on the seismic design of structures and pipelines. In addition, Prof. Butenweg participates as German representative in the board meeting of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE).


SDA at the TIASD 2018 in Porto

The third edition of the International Workshop on Traditional and Innovative Approaches will be held in Guimarães, near Porto, from 26.-28. of April. It will be an exchange of experiences in the field of seismic design. Researching experts will meet to discuss established approaches as well as new, innovative approaches for designing structures to withstand earthquake loading. SDA-engineering participates with a lecture on the topic "Innovative decoupling element for infill masonry walls".

SDA attends the 10th Conference on Flat Bottom Storage Tanks in Munich

The main focus of this international conference on the 18th and 10th October 2016 is to update on new regulations for the operation and design of above ground storage tanks in Europe and worldwide. SDA-engineering GmbH contributes with two presentations dealing with the seismic design of tank structures.

Establishment of the Center of Wind and Earthquake Engineering

On 05.02.2016 the Center for Wind and Earthquake Engineering (CWE) was established at Aachen University. The center forms the basis for a fruitfull interdisciplinary collaboration of the adressed research fields at Aachen University. Prof.-Dr.-Ing. Christoph Butenweg is board member of the established center on behalf of FH Aachen - University of Applied Sceinces.

SDA-engineering supports young researcher

SDA-engineering GmbH supports Anne Deichsel to visit the the 1stInternational Workshop on Traditional and Innovative Design Approaches in Seismic Design. The Workshop takes place in Munich, from 31.03 till 03.04.2016.

SDA-engineering organizes a seismic design workshop in Essen, "Haus der Technik"

The seminar on earthquake design according to DIN EN 1998-1 will take place on the 10th of Narch in Essen. Furthermore the seminar includes the seismic design of industrial facilities and a comparison with US codes and guidelines. The seminar location is the "Haus der Technik" directly located near the main station. Further information are provided on the website 

SDA-engineering organizes seismic design courses in Azerbaijan

SDA-engineering GmbH participates the EU-Twinning Project „Support tot he State Agency on Control over Savety in Construction (SACSC) of Ministry of Emergency Situations oft he Republic of Azerbaijan in the field of transition tot he EU construction standards“ coordinated by the German Institute for bulilding Technique in Berlin. SDA will organize courses for the earthquake resistant design of structures. 

SDA-engineering attend the SEDIF-conference in Aachen

SDA-engineering GmbH attended the SEDIF-conference in Aachen on the 26. und 27. September 2013 and presented the activities of SDA with an exhibition stand.

On the conference the state of the art of the seismic design of industrial facilities was presented by 140 participants  from 17 different countries. SDA contributed with three presentations dealing with the earthquake-resistant design in plant engineering. 

SDA-engineering is SME-Partner within the EU-Project INSYSME

SDA-engineering GmbH will take part in the European Union project INSYSME: "Innovative Systems for Earthquake Resistant Masonry Design Enclosures in RC Buildings".

The project started with 16 partners with a Kick-Off-Meeting in Padova in October 2013. The project duration is 3 years and will be coordinated by the University Padova.

DGEB-Awards for Dr.-Ing. C. Gellert and Dipl.-Ing. M. Chasapi

The SDA members Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gellert and Dipl.-Ing. Margarita Chasapi received the awards 2012 of the German Association for Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics (DGEB) within the framework of the D-A-CH conference in Vienna. 


Dr.-Ing. Christoph Gellert received the award for his doctoral thesis "Nonlinear safety verification of masonry structures under earthquake loading".

Dipl.-Ing. Margarita Chasapi received the award for her diploma thesis "Seismic Analysis and design of cylindrical liquid storage tanks according to DIN EN 1998-4".