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2015 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

The 2015 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition was held in conjunction with the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts from March 31st to April 3rd.

Thirty-eight teams from all over the world competed. The SLC would like to thank all teams for their participation, and hopes to see you all again next year at the 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition!

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the 2015 SDC!



2015 SDC Champions: Technical University of Cluj - Napoca

RankTeam Name
1Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
2University of California, Los Angeles
3University of California, Berkeley

2015 SDC Results Summary

Check back for video and photos of each team.

17 structures survived all three ground motions: 1940 El Centro, 1995 Kobe, and GM3 (Davis):

RankTeam Name Videos
1Technical University of Cluj-Napoca photo GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
2University of California, Los Angeles photo GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
3University of California, Berkeley photo GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
4University of Nebraska-Lincoln photo GM1 GM2 GM3
5Karadeniz Technical University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
6California State University Fullerton photo GM3
7California Polytechnic State University, Pomona photo
8University of Nevada, Reno photo GM1 GM2 GM3
9Rice University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
10Fatih University photo GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
11California State University, Los Angeles photo GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
12Northeastern University photo GM1 GM2 Sine
13University of Connecticut photo GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
14University of California, Irvine photo GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
15University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign GM1 GM2 GM3 Sine
16McMaster University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
17University of Massachusetts Amherst


The following structures collapsed:

RankTeam Name Videos
18Stanford University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
19Antalya International University photo
20University of British Columbia photo GM1 GM2 GM3
21Cornell University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
22University of California, San Diego photo GM1 GM2 GM3
23University at Buffalo photo GM1 GM2 GM3
24California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo photo
25Brigham Young University photo
26University of Memphis photo GM1 GM2 GM3
27University of Southern California photo GM1 GM2 GM3
28San Francisco State University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
29San Diego State University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
30Purdue University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
31California State University, Long Beach photo GM1 GM2 GM3
32Iowa State University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
33University of Puerto Rico photo GM1 GM2 GM3
34University of Michigan GM1 GM2 GM3
35Cankaya University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
36University of Minnesota photo GM1 GM2 GM3
37University of Notre Dame photo GM1 GM2 GM3
38University of Colorado at Boulder photo GM1 GM2 GM3

The full results can be downloaded here: Results

2015 SDC Special Awards

Kinemetrics Award for the Spirit of the Competition:
McMaster University

Degenkolb Award for Structural Innovation:
University of Connecticut

CSI Communication Award:
University of California, Los Angeles

T-Shirt Design Contest Winner:
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

FEMA SDC Competition Awards:

RankTeam Name
1Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
2University of California, Los Angeles
3University of California, Berkeley


Design Proposal Results
Here are the top five teams for the design proposal:

RankTeam Name
1Stanford University
2University of Connecticut
3Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
4University of California, Berkeley
5Brigham Young University

Many thanks to the judges for the 2015 SDC!

Adel Abdelnaby (University of Memphis)

Thalia Anagnos (San Jose State University)

Stacy Bartoletti (Degenkolb Engineers)

Craig Bennett (Bennett Preservation Engineering)

Sergio Brena (University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Ian Buckle (University of Nevada, Reno)

David Cocke (Structural Focus)

Guillermo Diaz-Fanas (Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers)

Erica Fischer (Purdue University)

David Friedman (Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.)

Ayse Hortacsu (Applied Technology Council)

Mary Beth Hueste (Texas A&M University)

Eric Johnson (Weidlinger Consultants)

Guven Kiymaz (Antalya University)

Michael Kreger (University of Alabama)

James Malley (Degenkolb Engineers)

Janiele Maffei (California Earthquake Authority)

Judy Mitrani-Reiser (Johns Hopkins University)

Terri Norton (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)

Jamie Padgett (Rice University)

Marko Schotanus (Rutherford + Chekene)

Andrew Seifried (Lettis Consultants International, Inc.)

Andreas Stavridis (University at Buffalo)

L. Thomas Tobin (Tobin & Associates)

Lelli Van Den Einde (University of California, Davis)

Terence Weigel (University of Louisville)



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