2024 Seismic Design Competition

2024 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition

The 2024 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition will be held in Seattle, Washington, from April 9 to April 12!

We hope to see you at the 2024 Undergraduate Seismic Design Competition!

Please click through the above menu links for more information!

For SDC questions, please contact: sdc@eeri.org

For general team and participation questions, please contact: slc@eeri.org


Getting Started

Interested in competing in the Seismic Design Competition but don’t know where to start? The slides here include helpful start up information for new teams and instructions on how to go about starting a team and a student EERI chapter if your school doesn’t have one yet! Please reach out to slc@eeri.org with any questions.


Helpful Links:

EERI Mission

EERI Student Chapters

EERI Student Chapter Best Practices

EERI Annual Report Submission

Join EERI Today


Announcement 3: 12/04/2023

Computers and Structures, Inc. (CSI) has generously extended support by offering software licenses for Etabs and SAP2000 to teams that require access to the analysis softwares and have been unable to secure a license through their university or school. Please fill out the License Request Form – here.

Please use your university/ school email while filling out the form. This form is exclusively for teams facing challenges in obtaining licenses through their academic institutions. We kindly ask that all teams submit the form by Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST to ensure ample time for processing.


Announcement 2: 10/23/2023

Hi teams, the rules for SDC 2024 are finally out!! Please refer to the “Rules & Competition Documents” Section to find all of the rules documents and read each one carefully. The proposal this year is due on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm PST. Good luck to all of the teams this year!! : D

The Boring Logs report was obtained from the Washington Geologic Portal.

Also, reminder that the SLC has created a Discord channel for student communication with the SLC! The invitation link for the discord channel can be found in the “Forms” tab.

If your team hasn’t filled out the interest survey but would still like to participate, it’s not too late! Just shoot an email to: sdc@eeri.org


Announcement 1: 09/06/2023

The 2024 Seismic Design Competition (SDC) season is fast approaching! While the rules and regulations are still being finalized by the Student Leadership Council (SLC)’s SDC chairs, the SLC wants to know in advance how many undergraduate teams are interested in competing next year! Please fill out the interest form located in the “Forms” tab above. The SLC has also created a Discord channel for student communication with the SLC! The invitation link for the discord channel can be found in the “Forms” tab as well.

This year, the SLC has also created slides to help get teams started! These slides also include instructions on how to go about starting a team and a student EERI chapter if your school doesn’t have one yet. This information can be found in the new “Getting Started” tab above.

Please reach out to: slc@eeri.org with any questions and we hope to see you all in Seattle, WA!!


Rules & Competition Documents



Official Rules 2024

Boring Log (Obtained from the Washington Geologic Portal)


Additional Helpful Documents

Design Guide 2024

Ground Motion Selection Guide


Requirements & Rubrics

Proposal Requirements 2024


Please click on the forms below to open them up in a new tab!

Interest Form

Discord channel for student communication with the SLC

Important Dates

Please note that all dates are subject to change! Also all cutoffs are 11:59 pm PST.

Milestone Date / Deadline
Interest Form* Friday, October 13, 2023
Proposal Submission Friday, December 15, 2023
Proposal Acceptance Tuesday, January 5, 2024
Damping Proposal Submission Friday, January 26, 2024
Damping Proposal Acceptance Monday, February 5, 2024
Final Registration TBD
Floor Area Calculations & Performance Predictions TBD


*If a team has not submitted the interest survey but would like to participate in the competition, please contact slc@eeri.org.


Clarifications can only be asked via the SDC 2024 Discord channel this year.

Clarifications will mainly be posted in the SDC 2024 Discord Channel and then copied to the website. To join the SDC 2024 Discord Channel, please click here.

There was a clarification rules meeting on Friday, December 1, 2023. The video recording for the event can be found on our Youtube channel here. The document with the asked questions and their corresponding answers can be found here..

Please click on the questions to see the answers!


2024 Logistics

  • I was wondering if we are to register in the 2024 Annual Meeting in Seattle because the EERI 2024 SDC is the same date and time as the meeting or we register somewhere else for the EERI 2024 SDC. I was also wondering if the Special Session Proposals and Poster Abstracts is needed for EERI 2024 SDC or is it something else because the due date is coming up on October 17th and I wanted to make sure. Do we just need to follow the schedule on 2024 Seismic Design Competition website? We are also waiting for the 2024 rules and other documents for the competition, so would it be possible if you post updates in the discord whenever it is updated on the website?

    Registration for SDC team members has not opened yet. The Special Sessions Proposals and Poster abstracts are not part of the SDC, but rather the conference portion of the EERI Annual Meeting. The schedule on the SDC website is a good guide as for when to expect milestones to occur and we will be posting updates here, our website, our social media, and sending periodic emails to help keep everyone informed. On the discord, updates regarding important information will be put in the announcements channel.

  • I noticed that the rules and design guide mention that GM#1 will be released on the SDC website. However, it doesn't appear to be up yet. Will GM#1 be released before the proposal is due?

    GM#1 will be released after the proposal due date, sometime in January.

  • We would like to know if there is any limit to the number of advisors we can have. We currently have one faculty advisor. My team and I were looking to get advice from a different professor but he has requested that he be made an advisor first. Are teams limited to one advisor, or does the term "advisor" mentioned in the rules simply refer to anyone who advises the team, with or without an official position?

    There is no limit to the number of faculty advisors a team can have, but each team needs at least one. The “advisor” mentioned in the rules refers to anyone who may advise the team, whether that’s a grad student, professor, or working professional. If this professor wants to become an official faculty advisor, then they should email eeri@eeri.org and cc silvana@eeri.org stating their intent to become a (secondary, tertiary, etc.) faculty advisor for the team.

  • We noticed that there is a new rule to not use Styrofoam beads, our team uses and reuses each year the larger size packing peanuts are these still allowed? or should we be looking for alternatives?

    You can keep using the large size packing peanuts as in the previous years, as long as you maintain the cleanliness of the setup room and your workspace throughout the competition.

  • Noticed that BC schools/club members are to get their membership through EERI-BC this year, is this membership acceptable to participate in the competition or is the regular $25 EERI student membership also required?

    Regional chapter memberships are limited specifically to each regional chapter. You will still need to have active EERI student membership to participate in SDC. Please go to https://eeri.org/join-eeri-today to renew your membership or join EERI today. Thanks!

  • 2024 Official Rules General Questions

  • My team and I are wondering if we can use the site given in the ground motion as our site location or do we need find a different one. Thank you and hope to hear from you soon.

    Please use the same site (4th and James). This site corresponds to the location where the boring logs were obtained and is the assumed location of the building.

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