Thompson Rivers University

Jianzhong (James) Gu

Name: Dr. Jianzhong (James) Gu
Position: Associate teaching professor
Phone: 250-828-5048


Please note that my office email account was frequently attacked for unknown reasons. Please contact me by my personal email jianzhonggu at gmail dot com.

Research Interests

Timber engineering, reliability and probability analysis, earthquake engineering, disaster resilient built environment and innovative structural systems


Ph.D., University of British Columbia (2006)
M.A.Sc., Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2001)
B.Eng., Shanghai Jiao Tong University (1992)


Please note that I only use my GMAIL account for external communications related to research and other affairs.
Gu J. (2016). Using numerical procedures to quantify seismic reliability of wood shear walls and braced frames. Advances in Structural Engineering. 19(9): 1472-1483
Gu J. (2016). Sensitivity analysis of probabilistic seismic behaviour of wood frame buildings. Earthquakes and Structures. 11(1): 109-127
Gu J. (2015). Using parallel computer systems to examine seismic reliability of structures. Steel Structures and Construction. 1: 101.
Gu J. (2015). Some practical considerations in designing underground station structures. Structural Engineering and Mechanics. 54(3): 491-500.
Gu J. (2014). Design of regular and shear-reinforced panel web beams for long-span construction. Engineering Structures. 76(10): 187-192.
Gu J. (2014). Seismic reliability analysis of wood shear walls using different methods. Journal of Structural Engineering ASCE. 140(2), 04013054.
Lam F, Gu J & Zakurecky I. (2006). Performance of posts laminated with mountain pine beetle transmitted blue-stained lodgepole pine. Forest Product Journal, 56(9), 60-64.
Lam F, Lee G, Yan H, Gu J, & Saravi, A. A. (2004). Structural performance of wood-based stair stringers. Forest Product Journal, 54(4), 39-44.
Gu J, Liu X & Chen W. (2001). Structure analysis with the effect of creep in concrete filled steel tube arch bridge. Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 35(10),1574-1577.
Gu J & Liu X. (2001). Creep analysis of concrete filled steel tube under uni-axial load. China Journal of Highway and Transportation, 14(4), 59-62.
Chen W, Liu X & Gu J. (2001). Dynamic graphic expression of concrete failure surface in principal stress space. Journal of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 35(10), 1570-1573.

In addition, Dr. Gu has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed conference papers. Please contact him if you are interested in.

Employment History

Senior Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University (2016-present)
Lecturer, Thompson Rivers University (2010-2016)
Design Engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. (2006-2010) (with projects awarded by Canadian Wood Council, Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Masonry Institute of British Columbia, etc)

Courses Taught

ARET3400 Fluid Mechanics
ARET3600 Structural Analysis
ARET3620 Wood Design
ARET3610 Steel Design
ARET3630 Concrete Design
DRAF1520 Engineering Drafting
EPHY1700 Engineering Mechanics
EPHY2950 Engineering Fundamental Thermodynamics
ARET2210 Construction Management

Professional Affiliations

Civil Engineer (P.Eng.), British Columbia
Civil Engineer (P.E.), California, USA
Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.), Washington, USA (eligible for PE registration)
LEED Accredited Professional BD+C, USA/Canada Green Building Council
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers


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