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2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

The 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition was held in conjunction with the 2017 EERI Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon from March 7th to 10th.

Thirty-three 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 2018 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition!

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the 2017 SDC!

The SLC would also like to recognize the support of:

The department of civil and environmental engineering and the center for geotechnical modeling at UC Davis for providing and maintaining the shake table . 

University of Memphis for providing the competition accelerometers. 

Portland State University for providing the competition's weights.  

2017 SDC Champions: Cornell University

RankTeam Name
1Cornell University
2Stanford University
3California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


Click on the following links for videos and pictures the 2017 SDC:
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2017 SDC Results Summary

 28 structures survived all three ground motions:

RankTeam Name
1Cornell University
2Stanford University
3California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
4University of California, Berkeley
5Karadeniz Technical University
6Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
7 California Polytechnic State University, SLO
8University of Toronto
9University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
10 The State University of New York at Buffalo 
11University of California, San Diego 
12 Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest 
13University of California, Los Angeles 
14California State University, Los Angeles 
15Purdue University 
16 University of British Columbia 
17University of Southern California 
18 University of Massachusetts-Amherst 
19 University of Connecticut 
20 Iowa State University 
21 University of Nebraska - Lincoln 
22 McMaster University 
23 San Francisco State University 
24 North Carolina State University 
25 Sacramento State University 
26 Rice University 
27 Portland State University 
28 University of Texas at Austin 
29 The University of Memphis 

The following structures collapsed:
RankTeam Name
30University of Colorado Boulder
31  Virginia Tech 
32 Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra
33 Lehigh University 

The full results can be downloaded HERE


2017 SDC Special Awards

Kinemetrics Award for the Spirit of the Competition:
University of California, Berkeley  

Architecture Award:
Karadeniz Technical University

Best Seismic Performance Award:
San Francisco State University 

Degenkolb Award for Structural Innovation:
University of Texas at Austin 

CSI Communication Award:
Cornell University

T-Shirt Design Contest Winner:
California State University, Los Angeles  

FEMA SDC Competition Awards:

RankTeam Name
1 Cornell University
2 Stanford University
3 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

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