Seismic Design Competition

The EERI Student Leadership Council (SLC) is coordinating and implementing the 14th Annual Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition (SDC) at the 2017 Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon.

The objectives of the competition are to:

  • Promote the study of earthquake engineering among civil engineering undergraduate students.
  • Provide students the opportunity to work on a hands-on project designing and constructing a cost-effective frame building to resist seismic loading.
  • Promote EERI activities among civil engineering students as well as the general public, and to encourage international participation in these activities.

Thirty-three teams from universities across the US and around the world will be competing in the SDC in Portland, Oregon. Each team has designed and constructed a complex tall building model made from balsa wood (weighing no more than 7 pounds). The teams will present to a judging panel on Wednesday, March 8, and have their structures tested on a shake table on Thursday, March 9. The teams are scored on their design presentation, their summary poster, their architectural design, their ability to fulfill the design challenges, the accuracy of their predicted model performance, and the response of their model during shaking table testing.

EERI and the SLC would like to thank the sponsors of the 2017 Seismic Design Competition for their generous support: FEMA, Computers and Structures, Inc., California Earthquake Authority, Degenkolb Engineers, Kinemetrics, Oregon State University, MTS, ATC, and Cascadia Region Earthquake Workgroup (CREW).

To learn more about the SDC, or view the rules, scoring details, and other criteria, visit the Student Leadership Council's 2017 SDC web page. You can also follow SLC activities on Twitter (@EERI_tweets) and Facebook.

Finally, if you are a professional attending the Annual Meeting and you would like to be a judge for one aspect of the SDC, please send an email to for more information or to sign up.

Visit the 2017 Seismic Design Competition webpage!


Date Event Time Location
Monday March 6, 2017 Teams Arrive in Portland All Day Marriott  Portland  Downtown Waterfront Hotel
Welcome Event 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Model Display Setup 1:30 pm - 7:30 pm Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)


March 7. 2017

Team Meeting 8:00 am – 9:00 am Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Model Display and Preliminary Judging 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Workshop 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Salon A&B (Lower Level 1)


March 8, 2017

Student & Industry Expo All day Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Expo Scavenger Hunt All Day Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Team Presentations 4 Sessions Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Session I 8:00 am – 10:00 am  
Session II 10:00 am – 12:00 pm  
Session III 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm  
Session IV 3:00 pm – 4:45 pm  

Judging Debrief with Team Captains

Captains must be present

4:45pm – 6:00 pm Eugene Room (Lower Level 1)
Teams Set up for Auction 5:30pm – 6:00 pm Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Calcutta Auction and Poster Session 6:15 pm – 7:45pm Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)


March 9, 2017

Model Shaking 4 Sessions Exhibit Hall (Lower Level 2)
Session I 7:30 am – 9:45 am  
Session II 10:00 am – 12:30 pm  
Session III 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm  
Session IV 3:45 pm – 6:00 pm  
Wrap Up Party Sponsored by Computers & Structures, Inc. 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm Salons A-E (Lower Level 1)


March 10, 2017

 Walking Tour of Portland 9:00 am - 10:00 am  Hotel Lobby
Awards Ceremony and Lunch 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Salons F-I (Lower Level 1)


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