2016 Seismic Design Competition

The 2016 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition was held in conjunction with the 2016 EERI Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California from April 5th to April 8th.

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 2017 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition!

Many thanks to the generous sponsors of the 2016 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.

San Francisco State University for providing the competition’s backup shake table.


2016 SDC Champions: Technical University of Cluj – Napoca

Rank Team Name
1 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
2 University of California, Berkeley
3 Cornell University

2016 SDC Results Summary

Click HERE for videos and pictures of each team.

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

Rank Team Name   Videos    
1 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca photo video    
2 University of California, Berkeley photo GM1 GM2 GM3
3 Cornell University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
4 University of Toronto photo GM1 GM2 GM3
5 Antalya International University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
6 University of Massachusetts Amherst photo GM1 GM2 GM3
7 Karadeniz Technical University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
8 Purdue University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
9 San Francisco State University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
10 California State University, Long Beach photo GM1 GM2 GM3
11 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo photo GM1 GM2 GM3
12 University of California, San Diego photo GM1 GM2 GM3
13 University of British Columbia photo GM1 GM2 GM3
14 University of Memphis photo GM1 GM2 GM3
15 Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest photo GM1 GM2 GM3

The following structures collapsed:

Rank Team Name   Videos    
16 North Carolina State University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
17 University of California, Los Angeles photo GM1 GM2 GM3
18 Iowa State University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
19 University of Minnesota photo GM1 GM2 GM3
20 University of Colorado Boulder photo GM1 GM2 GM3
21 University of Puerto Rico – Mayagüez photo video    
22 University of California, Irvine photo GM1 GM2 GM3
23 University of Connecticut photo GM1 GM2 GM3
24 California State University, Los Angeles photo GM1 GM2 GM3
25 Stanford University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
26 University of Southern California photo GM1 GM2 GM3
27 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona photo GM1 GM2 GM3
28 California State University, Sacramento photo GM1 GM2 GM3
29 University at Buffalo (SUNY) photo GM1 GM2 GM3
30 Rice University photo GM1 GM2 GM3
31 University of Nevada, Reno photo GM1 GM2 GM3
32 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia photo GM1 GM2 GM3
IE University of Texas at Austin photo      


The full results can be downloaded here: Results

2016 SDC Special Awards

Kinemetrics Award for the Spirit of the Competition:
Stanford University
University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez

Architecture Award:
Antalya International University
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

Best Seismic Performance Award:
California State University, Long Beach

Degenkolb Award for Structural Innovation:
University of California, Berkeley

CSI Communication Award:
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca

T-Shirt Design Contest Winner:
North Carolina State University

FEMA SDC Competition Awards:

Rank Team Name
1 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
2 University of California, Berkeley
3 Cornell University


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

Rank Team Name
1 Stanford University
2 North Carolina State University
3 San Francisco State University
4 University of British Columbia
5 University of Toronto
6 University of Colorado Boulder
7 University of Massachusetts Amherst
8 Iowa State University
9 University of California, Berkeley

Many thanks to the judges for the 2016 SDC!

Christopher Putman (Holmes Culley)

Terri Norton (University of Nebraska – Lincoln)

Alissa Beck (Werner Sobek Stuttgart GmbH)

Brent Maxfield (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – day Saints)

Ibbi Almufti (ARUP)

Cale Ash (Degenkolb Engineers)

Maryam Tabbakhha (University of California, Berkeley)

David Friedman (Forell/Elsesser Engineers, Inc.)

Forrest Lanning (Miyamoto International, Inc.)

John Worley (ARUP)

Angel Pérez-Irizarry (University of Wisconsin – Madison)

Ammar Motorwala (Virginia Tech)

Eduardo Fierro (BFP Engineers, Inc.)

Cynthia Perry (BFP Engineers, Inc.)

David Cocke (Structural Focus)

Erica Fischer (Degenkolb Engineers)

Marko Schotanus (Rutherford + Chekene)

Tea Visnjic (Exponent)

Terry Lundeen (Coughlin Porter Lundeen, Inc.)

Alexandria Julius (AIR Worldwide)

Chung-Soo Doo (Bay Area Rapid Transit)

Zahraa Saiyed (LEED AP BD + C)

David Wald (U.S. Geological Survey)

Mark Petersen (USGS)

Dominik Lang (NORSAR)

Maria Mohammed (Structural Focus)

Josia Rastandi (PT. Rekatama Konstruksindo)

Fabian Cevallos-Larco (Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador)

Guillermo Diaz-Fanas (Mueser Rutledge Consulting Engineers)

Ashraf Habibullah (Computers and Structures, Inc.)


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2016 Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Workshop

The SLC conducted its first Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Workshop at the 2015 EERI Annual Meeting on Friday, April 3rd in conjunction with EERI’s Learning from Earthquakes Committee. Guest speakers presented on reconnaissance and damage assessment and evaluation after an earthquake on the topics of buildings (David Ojala, Exponent), bridges (Marc Veletzos, Merrimack College), and geotechnical features (Kyle Rollins, Brigham Young University). Additionally, training was provided for EERI reconnaissance applications. A field exercise engaged participants by having them use the EERI applications and building assessment forms to evaluate damage to mocked-up structures on posters.

The attendance was quite large with fifty students and twenty industry professionals registered for the workshop!

The materials from this training session including presentation slides, handouts, and damage mock-up posters can be found here.

If you are a representative from a student EERI chapter and would like to request resources or guidance from the SLC as you plan your own Post-Earthquake Reconnaissance Workshop, please email slc@eeri.org .