Competitions

2017 Competition – Portland, Oregon

Cornell EERI Seismic Design Team Takes 1st Place!


Eight team members traveled to Portland, Oregon from March 7th to March 10th to represent Cornell University at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Undergraduate Student Design Competition. This included presenting our building design/architecture and putting the building under three different seismic strains, each getting progressively more intense.

Cornell ranked first place overall in the competition, with notable rankings in our poster (first place), presentation (second place), and design proposal (third place). We are extremely proud of our team and our efforts. In total, our team put in over 1700 hours! We thank all of you for your support! For more pictures, click here.

2016 Competition – San Francisco, California


 

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Cornell Takes Third Place with the Garrett Tower

Eight team members traveled to San Francisco from April 6th to April 8th to represent Cornell University at the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s Undergraduate Student Design Competition. Our building withstood all three ground motions, including the 1940 El Centro earthquake, the 1995 Kobe earthquake, and a third ground motion more challenging to withstand than the first two.

Cornell ranked third place overall in the competition, with notable rankings in Architecture (fourth place) and annual seismic cost (third lowest predicted damage cost from El Centro and Kobe).

2015 Competition – Boston, Massachusetts


The 2015 Competition was held in Boston, Massachusetts from March 31 to April 3rd. Four of Cornell’s fourteen member team attended competition during their Spring Break. Day 1 involved travel, check-in, and a tour of our sponsor’s (Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc.) headquarters. On Day 2, the buildings were inspected for rule violations and teams stood by their posters to answer questions from the judges and other teams about their buildings. On Day 3 each team gave a ten minute presentation explaining their design, construction process, material testing, and earthquake analysis methods. The presentations were followed by questions from the judges and audience members. Finally, on day 4 the buildings underwent the shake table testing. 17 buildings survived all three ground motions and 22 collapsed during the third, most powerful ground motion.

The Mogami Tower passed inspections with zero penalties!
The Mogami Tower passed inspections with zero penalties!

Competition Bonus!

Our team’s Sponsor: Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc., is headquartered in Boston, so we were able to meet them and tour the firm during our stay in Boston. As a team, it was great to establish a good connection with a successful civil engineering firm. As individuals, it was insightful to meet and speak with employees who have our dream jobs!

The team (Julian, Stella, Dan, and Shannon-not pictured) tours Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc. with SGH employee Casey during competition in Boston
Julian, Stella, Dan, and Shannon (not pictured) toured Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc. with SGH employee Casey during competition in Boston.

2014 Competition – Anchorage, Alaska


 

EERI’s 2014 Annual Meeting and our first year at competition coincided with the 10th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering. The meeting and competition were held in Anchorage, Alaska from July 21-25th. Click here for more information on the competition events and speakers.

2014 Competition
Julian, Olivia, Victoria, and Jason at the 2014 Competition

 

Competition Highlights:

  • Our building survived all three ground motions
  • We ranked first in seismic resilience
  • Overall, we ranked 9th among 35 teams