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2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

The 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition will be held in conjunction with the 2017 EERI Annual Meeting in Portland, Oregon, March 7th – 10th, 2017.

We hope to see you at the 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition!


Announcement 27-January-2017

Over the last few weeks, several teams have approached the SLC raising concerns about 2017 SDC ground motions. The SDC chairs and SLC have decided to update the ground motions to facilitate the fairest competition possible with equal opportunities for all teams.These motions have been recorded on the competition shaketable, and filtered accordingly. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please feel free to ask.

Best regards,

SDC Co-Chairs

Announcement 13-December-2016

The 2017 SDC T-Shirt Competition has begun. Details can be found on the EERI SLC Facebook Page. Submissions are due ​to on ​ January 23, 2017.

Best Regards,

Outreach Chairs

Announcement 02-December-2016

Thank you all for submitting proposals! This year we had an incredible response with 46 teams from all around the world submitting proposals. As always, we strive to accommodate as many teams as possible at the SDC: this year, we will be inviting 35 teams. With that said, the EERI SLC would like to congratulate all the schools invited to participate in the 2017 Seismic Design Competition! The teams invited are presented below in alphabetical order. The Top 9 proposals are identified with an asterisk next to them. The list will be updated with the rankings of all proposals when the competition begins next year.
  • Antalya International University 
  • California Polytechnic State University, SLO
  • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona*
  • California State University, Los Angeles
  • Cornell University*
  • Iowa State University
  • Karadeniz Technical University
  • Lehigh University
  • McMaster University
  • North Carolina State University*
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra 
  • Portland State University
  • Purdue University
  • Rice University
  • Sacramento State University
  • San Francisco State University
  • Stanford University*
  • Technical University of Civil Engineering Bucharest
  • Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
  • The State University of New York at Buffalo
  • The University of Memphis
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, Berkeley*
  • University of California, Los Angeles*
  • University of California, San Diego*
  • University of Colorado Boulder*
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst
  • University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez
  • University of Southern California 
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • University of Toronto*
  • Virginia Tech

Best regards,

SDC Co-Chairs

Announcement 15-November-2016

Team captains the design guide for the 2017 Seismic Design Competition is now available below. This document contains several important clarifications and guidelines. Therefore we encourage you all to please read through it carefully.

Best regards,

SDC Co-Chairs

Announcement 05-October-2016

The rules for the 2017 Seismic Design Competition and proposal guidelines are now available below. Please read through both carefully.

Team captains who have pre-registered prior to this announcement should have received an E-mail notifying them the rules are now available. This e-mail serves as a confirmation that you have successfully pre-registered. If you did not receive an e-mail, your e-mail address may have been incorrectly submitted, or you did not successfully pre-register. In either case, please try re-submitting the form below.

Announcement 16-September-2016

Pre-registration for 2017 SDC is now open! All teams that plan to compete are required to pre-register. 

The rules and proposal guidelines are being finalized, and will be made available within a few of weeks.

The competition will be held in Portland, Oregon. The competition format will be very similar to last year with preliminary judging on Tuesday March 7th and Wednesday March 8th. The shake day will be Thursday March 9th, and an awards ceremony will be held Friday March 10th.  

Similar to the 2016 competition, the 2017 SDC will limit the number of teams that compete. The competition will be limited to 35 teams. Invitations to the competition will be based on the design proposal submitted by each team. Proposals will be judged according to the rubric that will be provided with the rules.

Please do not hesitate to contact the SDC chairs ( or the SLC co-presidents ( with any questions you have.  

Thanks and Regards, 

EERI SDC Chairs 



Competition Documents

Official rules

Glossary of terms

Design Proposal Information


Ground Motion Records

Design Guide





Clarification submission (passed!)

Performance predictions and floor area calculations submission

Score Sheet and Judging Forms

Design Proposal Rubric

Presentation judging rubric

Poster judging rubric
Architecture judging rubric

Miscellaneous Documents


SLC Logo

Detailed shipping information

Useful Online Tutorials

Modeling Balsa Wood Tower in SAP2000.

If you have any useful tutorials you would like to share with other teams, please email us.


Important Dates
Please note that all dates are subject to change!

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 Pre-registration deadline (link available above)
Friday, November 4th, 2016 Proposal submission deadline (email pdf to
Thursday, December 1st, 2016 Notification of proposal results
Friday, January 13th, 2017 Preliminary damping device submission deadline (optional)
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Final damping device submission deadline
Friday, February 3rd, 2017 Final registration deadline (link to be emailed to invitees)
Monday, February 20th, 2017 Rule submission form closes
Friday, March 3rd, 2017 Floor area calculations & performance predictions

Seismic Design Competition Location

The 2017 SDC will be hosted in Portland, Oregon:

Venue: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel
Address: 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201

Additional information can be found on our Facebook page

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