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SP students make waves at regional competition

IDEERS Singapore Polytechnic students excelled at a competition to design and construct earthquake resistant building models recently.

Students from Singapore Polytechnic's School of the Built Environment (BE) walked away with the second and third prizes at the recent Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools (IDEERS) 2007 competition held on 30 September.

The two teams from SP competed against 93 teams from eight countries across the Asia Pacific Region in the Undergraduate Category of the contest held in Taiwan.

IDEERS is an international competition catering to the design and construction of earthquake resistant building models using cheap materials such as medium density fibre boards, glue, rubber bands, papers and cotton strings. Held since 2001, IDEERS aims to generate students' interests in the field of structural engineering and disaster mitigation.

"The two SP teams put in a lot of time and effort preparing for the competition," revealed the lecturer-in-charge Dr Tao Nengfu from BE. "They made as many as 22 models which were tested with the School of BE's Earthquake Simulator Equipment."

Christopher Ng, a third year BE student who was one of the team leaders, was glad that he could apply what he learnt in SP at the competition. "Having acquired structural knowledge in the classroom, the competition proved to be a golden opportunity to put them to good use. It was also a great eye-opener and learning experience to be able to interact with students from other overseas tertiary institutions."

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