The EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) is coordinating and implementing the 13th Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (SDC) at the 2016 Annual Meeting.

The objectives of the competition are to:

  • Promote the study of earthquake engineering among undergraduate students.
  • Provide civil engineering undergraduate students with an opportunity to work on a hands-on project designing and constructing a cost-effective frame building to resist seismic loading.
  • Promote EERI activities among civil engineering students as well as the general public, and to encourage international participation in these activities.

Thirty teams from universities across the US and around the world will be competing in the SDC in San Francisco. Each team has designed a complex tall building model made from balsa wood (weighing no more than 7 pounds) that will be tested on a shaking table. Student teams are judged on their oral design presentation, their summary poster, the model's architectural design, their ability to fit within the design criteria and constraints, their analytical prediction of their model performance, and the response of their model during shaking table testing.

EERI and the SLC thank the sponsors of the 2016 Seismic Design Competition: FEMA, Computers and Structures, Inc., California Earthquake Authority, Degenkolb, Kinemetrics, Oregon State University, Arup, and PG&E.

To view SDC rules, scoring details, and other criteria, visit the Student Leadership Council's 2016 SDC web page. You can also follow SLC activities on Facebook.

Visit the 2016 Seismic Design Competition webpage!


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