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                                                                    Gonzalo Montalva Alvarado



Ph.D., Civil Engineering, Washington State University, 2010. (Dissertation)

M.Sc., Civil Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2004.

Thesis: Dynamic Earth Preassures Acting on Buried Structures.

Civil Engineer Degree (Structural Mayor), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2004.

B.S. Civil Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2000.

Research Interests

  • Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering

  • Stochastic Analysis

  • Geostatistics

  • Site Response.

  • Experimental and Numerical Methods in Geotechnical Engineering

  • Applied Mining Geotechnical Engineering

  • Soil-Structure Interaction

  • Research (my publications and projects)

  • Some Geotech Pictures



Latest Earthquakes in the World

GeoPhoto Album

GeoEngineer Web Page

Ground-Motion Attenuation Models (NGA)

United States Universities Council on Geotechnical Education and Research (USUCGER)

J. Carlos Santamarina's web page (recommended!!)



My intention here is post some tools that I find useful while playing with Matlab.

-spectra is a function to compute elastic response spectra from given ground motions. It should run reasonably fast, if you find a faster one please let me know. Note that the function computes acceleration response spectrum, not pseudo-acceleration. It's a p-file (so it does not have help), for help please use hspectra

I have also developed a user friendly application to conduct site response analyzes, I need to include the effects of uncertainties in soil parameters which have great effect on the results. I will post it here when I finish this process.



Gonzalo Montalva Alvarado, MSc., Ph.D.
Universidad de Concepción.

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