UCLA wins EERI Annual Seismic Design Competition
The UCLA team repeated as winners of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute Seismic Design Competition. From left to right, Benjamin Wong, Norman Chak, Seema Barua, Marshall Lew (UCLA alumnus, AMEC), Jane Zhu, Jennifer Huynh, Maxwell Armenta (back), Andy Luu, Emily Yagi
From left to right, Benjamin Wong, Norman Chak, Seema Barua, Marshall Lew (UCLA alumnus, AMEC), Jane Zhu, Jennifer Huynh, Maxwell Armenta (back), Andy Luu, Emily Yagi
The 10th annual Seismic Design Competition was held in Seattle, WA on February 12-15, 2013. For this competition, we were asked to design and provide a scaled balsa wood model for a multi-story commercial office building that would be the new icon of Seattle. To verify the seismic load resistance system, the model was tested with three ground motions and the response of the model was measured. Monetary losses/profits were measured as a function of the structural response (roof drift and acceleration), structural weight, and rentable floor area. The team with the most cost-effective structure would win.
This year there were 37 schools from all over the nation as well as a few outside of the country. UCLA was able to perform well to place first in this competition for the second consecutive year. Oregon State University and Technical University of Cluj-Napoca placed second and third respectively. Some highlights of our performance include the best prediction analysis and second lowest annual seismic cost. Our team members include Anthony Ambrosio-Mier, Maxwell Armenta, Seema Barua, Winston Boyce, Dennis Cha, Norman Chak, Sam Cummings, Bill Faught, Jennifer Huynh, Victoria Lam, Paul Lee, Andy Luu, Steven Tindula, Benjamin Wong, Mary Xue, Emily Yagi, and Jane Zhu.
We would like to thank all of the faculty, student advisors, and sponsors for all the help and support they have provided. From our civil department, Professor Zhang provided for numerous consultations with design and analysis, Harold Kasper assisted in materials testing as well as fabricating unique members, PhD student Wang Xi provided SAP analysis guidance, and MS student Benjamin Wong assisted in various construction aspects. From UCLA alumni, Xiaomi Gong and Robert Lyons from Brandow & Johnston provided design, analysis, and many other assistance for our team. Finally, we would like to thank all of our sponsors that allowed the project to run smoothly: UCLA American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), UCLA Engineering Alumni Association (EAA), Brandow & Johnston, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), UCLA Undergraduate Students Association Council (USAC), Shannon & Wilson, Specialized Balsa, and Marshall Lew. Thank you!