Seismic Design

Our Purpose

While not officially having any relationship with the National ASCE Body, the Purdue Seismic Design Competition Team has found a home with our ASCE Chapter. The Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition is hosted annually by EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) and invites student teams to their annual competition based on a design proposal submitted by each team. Upon receiving an invitation the team then constructs their seismic tower as outlined in the design proposal, ultimately subjecting it to a series of earthquakes on a shake-table which are modeled after real-world seismic events. Our Chapter's team has been invited to five of the six annual competitions since 2011. This competition affords our members the opportunity to learn about the concepts associated with the seismic design of structures, something that undergraduate students rarely are exposed to.

Recent Awards

2013: Team was re-founded and re-formed. 27th place out of 36 competing towers

2014: 27th place out of 28 competing towers

2015: 30th place out of 38 competing towers

2016: 8th place out of 32 competing towers

2017: 15th place out of 33 competing towers

2018: 16th place out of 40 competing towers

2019: Most Recent. 14th place out of 38 competing towers