IDEERS 2014 Earthquake Resistant Competition in Taipei, Taiwan from 17 – 22 September 2014
Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools (IDEERS), held since 2001, is an international competition to promote students’ interest in the design and construction of seismic-resistant building models using easily available and low cost materials such as MDF (medium density fibre) boards/ strips, glue, rubber bands, paper and cotton strings. These models are required to withstand the simulated earthquake forces generated by a shaking table. The competition also aims to generate students’ interests in the field of structural engineering and disaster mitigation.
This year’s competition from 17th to 22nd September 2014 was held at the National Centre for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taipei, Taiwan and jointly organized by the British Council, National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL) and National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction (NCDR).
Two teams, consisting of eight students from courses of Diploma in Civil Engineering with Business and Diploma in Architecture led by Rudy Ang and Teo Kian Hun, from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Singapore Polytechnic, participated in the competition under the Undergraduate Category.
A day trip to various sites relating to earthquake engineering opened up the students’ horizons where they witnessed and understood the devastation of earthquakes and how engineering design can help to mitigate the damages through proper building designs. A welcome banquet organised by the host also provided an opportunity for the students to interact with their foreign counterparts.
SP participated in the Undergraduate Category of the competition together with a total of 42 teams from universities of Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Vietnam.
SP Team 1 ranked 8th (awarded the Efficiency Ratio Certificate of Excellence) and SP Team 2 ranked 26th out of the 42 teams. Both teams were awarded the Certificate of Quake-Resistant.