IDEERS is an international competition catering to the design and construction of earthquake resistant building models using cheap materials such as MDF (medium density fibre) boards, glues, rubber bands, papers and cotton strings. All the models are about 0.7 metre tall.
IDEERS, held since 2001, aims to generate students’ interests in the field of structural engineering and disaster mitigation. In 2006, the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) approved and recognized IDEERS as one of the prestigious educational events that it supports. The event has therefore been renamed as APEC-IDEERS and held by the National Centre for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taipei, Taiwan and jointly organized by British Council, Asia-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER), National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), and National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR).
This year, the undergraduate category of IDEERS 2013 drew 41 teams, which included top universities from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore etc.
Two teams, consisting of eight students from DCEB and DARCH, led by Dr Tao Nengfu, from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Singapore Polytechnic, participated in the competition under the Undergraduate Category. SP Team 1 won the 4th prize and SP Team 2 won the 5th prize. SP Team 2 also won the third prize of the Best Presentation (Poster) Award. Both teams won the Earthquake Resistant Award.
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