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Earthquake Engineering Competition 2010 in Taiwan

Eight students led by Dr Ong Chee Fatt from the School of Architecture & the Built Environment went to Taiwan to take part in the IDEERS 2010 Competition. IDEERS stands for Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools. The competition was held from 22 to 27 September 2010 and organised by the National Centre for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE) in Taipei, Taiwan. The students were from the DCEM (Diploma in Civil Engineering & Management) course.


In Taiwan we visited the Longteng Broken Bridge, Shihkang Dam and 921 Earthquake Museum. These places were devastated by the 921 earthquake, i.e. a major earthquake that struck Taiwan on September 21 in 2001. We also visited the iconic Taipei 101, the tallest building in Taiwan. We learned about the innovative damper system installed at the top of Taipei 101 to reduce up to 40% of building displacement due to earthquake.


The competition was held at NCREE. There were two teams from SP and we were given 6.5 hours to complete our models. The experience was challenging. After construction, inspection was carried out by the officials. Once everything was in order, we were dismissed as the testing was scheduled for the following day.


On 26 Sep, testing was carried out and both teams qualified for final rounds of the competition. SP1 finished at the 8th position and SP2 came in at the 11th position out of 42 teams in the Undergraduate category. Both teams were awarded the Certificate of Quake-Resistant. SP1 was also awarded the Certificate of Excellence for Efficiency Ratio for being in the top 10 of all teams in the same category. SP1 lasted till 1000 gals whereas SP2 lasted till 700 gals.


Overall, it was a fantastic experience for all in our group. We have learnt new things on earthquake design and how to make our structures better.We would like to wish all the best to the teams taking part next year and to do SP proud!


Henderson and Beatty secondary schools each sent one team while Raffles Institution had two teams taking part in the High School category of the competition. Singapore Polytechnic is proud to have assisted with the design and testing of their models during preparation stage for the competition. And our congratulations to the Henderson Secondary School for winning 1st Prize in the High School category of the competition.