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Be ready for the 2007 SEISMIC Design Competition



What is the Seismic Design Competition?

This Seismic Design Competition for Undergraduates in Civil and Structural Engineering is being made possible through support from the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) and the volunteer efforts of the Student Leadership Council (SLC). PEER's mission is to develop and disseminate performance-based earthquake engineering. Nine universities on the west coast are associated with PEER, they include: UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, UCSD, Caltech, Stanford, USC and University of Washington.

The competition is an opportunity to design, analyze, fabricate, and subject a scaled model of a high-rise office building to earthquake motions.  Teams will construct the model using balsa wood. Judging will be based on the annual income of the building.  The annual income will be based on rental income, initial costs, and seismic cost.  There are also architecture, poster, and presentation components to the scoring. See last year's pictures and results.

The objectives of this Fourth Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition sponsored by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research (PEER) Center are:

  • To provide civil engineering undergraduate students an opportunity to do a hands on project within a performance-based seismic design framework by designing and fabricating a cost effective frame structure that performs well under earthquake simulation.
  • To promote the study of earthquake engineering amongst undergraduates.
  • To build the awareness of the versatile activities at PEER among the civil engineering students and faculty at the core universities as well as the general public in order to encourage nation-wide participation.

To increase the attentiveness of the value and benefit of the Student Leadership Council (SLC) representatives and officers among the core universities for the recruitment and development of SLC, which is a key liaison between PEER students and the PEER center.

The competition will be held during the EERI Annual Meeting in Los Angeles, February 7-10, 2007.

The competition is open to teams from around the world, as long as the participants are full time undergraduate students in a related field (Civil Engineering, Seismology, etc.).

We expect to have most of the participants coming from PEER research institutions and from the other two earthquake engineering research centers, in the U.S.: the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) and the Mid America Earthquake Engineering Research Center (MAE).  MCEER is headquartered at the State University of New York, at Buffalo.  MAE is headquartered at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Only teams from PEER universities will be eligible for PEER financial support

For more information please contact us via e-mail.

Here is a donwloadable PowerPoint presentation about the seismic competition, including its origin and history.

For archives and info about the 2005 Competition, visit: Mike Gebman's Seismic Competition Page.


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