Solomon Tesfamariam


Office: EME4287
Phone: 250.807.8185

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

Seismic risk assessment of infrastructure; Multi-hazard design; Hybrid building

Courses & Teaching

Earthquake Engineering; Reinforced Concrete Design; Decision Analysis and Optimization for Civil Engineering; Infrastructure Management


Dr. Tesfamariam received his Ph.D. from the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Ottawa. His doctoral research work is on developing a risk-based seismic screening criteria using fuzzy based techniques. He joined the School of Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) Okanagan as an assistant professor in January 2008, and promoted to associate professor in July 2013. Prior to joining UBC Okanagan, he has worked for over seven years at the National Research Council Canada on developing different decision support tools for infrastructure management, and analytical and numerical based modelling of pipe failures. Dr. Tesfamariam’s current research interest entails: developing a multi hazard risk-based decision support tools for infrastructure management (earthquake, wind, fire, etc.);  hybrid building design; risk management of civil infrastructure system; and vulnerability assessment of spatially distributed network systems.


Tesfamariam Research Group


PhD – Civil Engineering - University of Ottawa, ON
MASc – Civil Engineering - University of Toronto, ON
BEng – Civil Engineering- Ryerson University, ON

Research Interests & Projects

Dr. Tesfamariam’s expertise in broader areas of civil engineering, and his current research in risk assessment and management of civil infrastructure entail:

  • Seismic risk assessment of reinforced concrete buildings and civil infrastructure systems
  • Hybrid building design
  • Seismic risk management (decision making, retrofitting, optimization)
  • Risk-based decision making for infrastructure management
  • Vulnerability assessment of spatially distributed assets (power transmission network, water distribution network, etc.)

Selected Publications & Presentations

Book Edited/Chapters

Tesfamariam, S. and Goda, K. [Editors] (2013). Handbook of Seismic Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems, Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, UK).

De Iuliisa, M., Kammouha, O., Cimellaroa, G.P., and Tesfamariam (2019). Resilience of the built environment: A methodology to estimate the downtime of building structures using fuzzy logic. Resilient Structures and Infrastructure (Editors: E. Noroozinejad Farsangi, I. Takewaki, T.Y. Yang, Gardoni, P.), Springer, New York, NY.

Abebe, Y., and Tesfamariam, S. (2019). Climate change impact and adaptation for urban drainage systems. Climate Adaptation Engineering: Risks and Economics for Infrastructure Decision-Making (Eds.: E. Bastidas-Arteaga and, M.G. Stewart), Butterworth-Heinemann, UK.

Tesfamariam, S., Kabir, G., Sadiq, R. (2018). Risk and life cycle cost based asset management framework for aging water supply system. Handbook of Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (Eds.: P. Gardoni), Routledge, UK.

Tesfamariam, S. and Goda, K. (2013). Seismic risk analysis and management of civil infrastructure systems: an overview, Chapter 6. Handbook of Seismic Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems (Eds.: S. Tesfamariam and K. Goda), Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, UK.

Tesfamariam, S. and Liu, Z. (2013). Seismic risk analysis using Bayesian belief networks, Chapter 7. Handbook of Seismic Risk Analysis and Management of Civil Infrastructure Systems (Edited by: S. Tesfamariam and K. Goda), Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, UK.

Tesfamariam, S. and Martín-Pérez, B. (2010). Chapter 19: Stress wave propagation for evaluation of reinforced concrete structures. Non-destructive Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Structures: Non-destructive Testing Methods (Volume 2) (Edited by: Dr. C. Maierhofer, Professor H.-W. Reinhardt and Dr. G. Dobmann, Woodhead Publishing Ltd, Cambridge, UK), pp 24.


Refereed Journal

Balek, N.B.C. and Tesfamariam, S. 2019. Statistical inference of sewer pipes deterioration using Bayesian geoadditive regression model. ASCE’s Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 25(3), 04019021.
De Iuliisa, M., Kammouha, O., Cimellaroa, G.P., and Tesfamariam, S. 2019. Downtime estimation of building structures using fuzzy logic. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 34, 196-208.
Balek, N.B.C. and Tesfamariam, S. 2019. Graph theoretic surrogate measure to analyze reliability of water distribution system using Bayesian belief network-based data fusion technique. ASCE’s Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 145(8), 04019028.
De Risi, R., Goda, K. and Tesfamariam, S. 2019. Multi-dimensional damage measure for seismic reliability analysis. Structural Safety, 78, 1-11.
Loss, C., Tannert, T. and Tesfamariam, S. 2018. State-of-the-art review of displacement-based seismic design of timber buildings. Construction & Building Materials, 191, 481-497.
Bezabeh, M, Bitsuamlak, G., Popovski, M. and Tesfamariam, S. 2018. Probabilistic serviceability-performance assessment of tall mass-timber buildings subjected to stochastic wind loads: Part I – Structural design and wind tunnel testing. Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics, 181, 85-103.
Tesfamariam, S., Goda, K. 2017. Energy-based seismic risk evaluation of tall reinforced concrete building in Vancouver, BC, Canada, under Mw9 megathrust subduction earthquakes and aftershocks. Frontiers in Built Environment: Earthquake Engineering, 1(3), 1-17. doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2017.00029.
Bezabeh, M., Tesfamariam, S., Popovski, M., Goda, K. and Stiemer, S.F. 2017. Seismic base shear modification factors for timber-steel hybrid structures: A collapse risk assessment approach. ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering, 143(10), 04017136.
Shabarchin, O. and Tesfamariam, S. 2016. Internal corrosion hazard assessment of oil & gas pipelines using Bayesian belief network model. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 40, 479–495.
Bigdeli, K., Hare, W., Nutini, J. and Tesfamariam, S. 2016. Optimizing damper connectors for adjacent buildings. Optimization and Engineering, 17(1), 47-75.
Isoda, H. and Tesfamariam, S. 2016. Connections for timber-concrete hybrid building: Experimental and numerical model results. ASCE Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities, 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000849, 04016024.

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