Seismic design team takes part in EERI competition
Students from Purdue's ASCE Seismic Design Team took part in the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's (EERI) Undergraduate Design Competition. The competition was held in conjunction with the annual EERI Meeting and the U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering in Anchorage, Alaska between July 21st to July 25th. Nearly 30 teams represented universities from the U.S. and abroad.
The competition involves designing a high-rise building within dimensional constraints. The design is constructed prior to the competition with balsa wood and glue. At the competition, the building is put on a shake table which simulates 3 earthquakes. Points are given to each team in terms of profit and costs. Profit from the building is based on the theoretical rentable floor area. Costs of the building are based on the weight of the building (signifying construction cost) and the theoretical damage from the earthquakes simulated by the shake table. There is also a presentation and poster section to the competition. The representatives of the team discussed the design and its expected results in front of the competition judges and the other teams.
The students representing the team are Kyle Johnson (Sr, captain), Laura Hillman (Sr), Joseph Voors (Sr), Kevin Jackowski (Jr), Marisol Tsui (Jr) and Connor Reising (Jr).