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Support your local student chapters to participate in the 2017 Seismic Design Competition in Portland

It is time to repeat last year’s successful initiative to connect the local EERI student chapters that are participating in the annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition with potential sponsors to help support students for this year’s EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

The objective of the Seismic Design Competition (SDC) is to design, model and construct a cost-effective 16-29-story tall scaled balsa wood model building that can resist shake table testing with three ground motions of increasing intensity. Each year approximately 40 teams compete, representing universities across the globe. In addition to the performance of the model under ground shaking, the teams will be scored based on various other criteria, including the prediction of peak roof drift and acceleration based on computer modeling, the quality of their presentation and poster, and the building architecture. If you have ever attended an EERI Annual Meeting, you’ll remember the excitement the SDC adds to the event, and what a great experience this if for the students.

Three of the Northern California EERI student chapters, UC Berkeley, Stanford University, and California State University, Sacramento, are planning to participate in the 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition. Please read on to learn more about two of the teams, and we encourage you to contact the team contacts listed to make a (tax deductible!) donation. Donations large and small will support the teams that have worked so hard on designing and building the models.

To donate online, go here. Be sure to email Sonya Hollenbeck to specify that your donation should go to the Northern California Chapter Seismic Design Competition.

We look forward to growing these and other initiatives over the next few years, and make this one more way for the local EERI Student Chapters to get funding for participation in the seismic design competition.

University of California, Berkeley

Team contact: Samantha Cristol

Cal Seismic Design TeamThe Cal Seismic Design team is an undergraduate cohort dedicated to structural design, analysis, and construction. With a membership of 60 undergraduates spanning a variety of majors, the team acts as the first available resource for any student considering seismic design and innovation. Last year, the UC Berkeley team was awarded the Degenkolb Award for Structural Innovation, in addition to placing second overall.

Our team has dedicated an immense amount of time and energy to designing, testing, and improving our entry for the competition, as we prepare to travel to Portland. Our design proposal was in the top nine out of all submissions, and we are looking forward to once again compete on an internal stage.

The UC Berkeley team is looking to raise an additional $1000 of their $22,000 budget, as they are hoping to bring 30 students to Portland this year.


Team contact: Sam Schreiber

Stanford Seismic Team Photo_croppedStanford’s diverse, close-knit team includes students from various backgrounds and disciplines, with majors ranging from Civil and Mechanical Engineering to Linguistics. Due to our small size, we can be flexible and accommodate people in whatever tasks they feel best suit them, whether that be hands-on construction work or more administrative roles. We strive to incorporate the ideas of each individual member every step of the way. We expect to be a strong contender this year, and look forward to the coming weeks as we prepare for competition in March. Stanford is looking to raise up to $4500 to cover our competition costs, which will give all interested members the opportunity to attend the competition.

California State University, Sacramento

Team contact: Yanjinlkham Batbayar

teamphotoThe EERI CSUS team is proud to be competing for the second time at the EERI Seismic Design Competition. We are a growing organization at the CSUS campus, comprised of dedicated civil engineering students who are interested in innovation, design, and creation of a functional seismically stable structure. We had many lessons learned from our first competition last year. To prepare ourselves for this year’s seismic design competition, we have invited local and sac state alumni engineers, who had participated in the seismic design competition previously. We have used their guidance to obtain useful tips on how to design and fabricate. The officers of our club have attended the SAP2000 tutorial class to improve their ability to use the program. So far, we have successfully submitted our proposal, material testing has been performed, and we are in the process of continuously working and improving our design to meet the requirements and aesthetics.

Our team consists of 16 undergraduate students who will propose, design, and fabricate a scaled balsa wood model of a high rise structure. CSUS is looking to raise $3000 funding of their $4000 budget for this year’s SDC.

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