2007 Undergraduate Shake Table Competition

Competition Date:  February 8-9, 2007

Location:     Universal City Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California

                   Held in conjunction with the 2007 EERI Annual Meeting


This Competition has been developed, planned, and hosted by the Student Leadership Councils (SLC) of the three NSF funded Earthquake Engineering Research Centers; MCEER, PEER, and MAE



MCEER Team Applications are due by December 8th, 2006.  Applications can be downloaded here.


Download 2007 USDC Rules here (.pdf), MCEER Modified for registration and funding


More information can be found at:  http://peer.berkeley.edu/students/Seismic2007.html


Competition Objectives

The objectives of this Fourth Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition sponsored by the Tri-Centers of earthquake research including PEER, MCEER, and MAE 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, MCEER and MAE 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 tri-center students and each of the three research centers.

Structural Design Objectives

Your team has been hired to submit a design for a multi-level commercial office building. To verify the seismic load resistance system, a scaled model must be constructed from balsa wood and will be tested under severe earthquake simulation. Model structures shall be constructed at a scale of 72:1. Structures will be tested on the UCIST unidirectional earthquake shake table, with plan dimensions of 18.0 inch by 18.0 inch (45.7 cm by 45.7 cm) and a payload capacity of 15.0 kg (33 lb). Structures should withstand scaled versions of ground motions recorded during the 1940 El Centro, 1994 Northridge and 1995 Kobe earthquakes, which will be available online.


Participants of the 2006 Competition held in conjunction with the 8th U.S. National Conference in Earthquake Engineering, San Francisco, CA




Structures at the 2006 MCEER Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition in the Structural Engineering and Earthquake Simulation Laboratory (SEESL), University at Buffalo Ground Motions

See the 2006 competition rules for eligibility requirements, building construction details, structural testing, competition scoring, and oral presentation details.



Results of last year's MCEER competition can be found at:  http://www.mceer.buffalo.edu/slc/SeisComp/USDC_06.htm