National Earthquake Competition

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Rules & Regulations

  1. Introduction

Singapore Polytechnic's School of Architecture & the Built Environment is organising the 8th National Earthquake Competition 2017 for all upper secondary schools in Singapore. Earthquake is one of the most devastating natural disasters on planet earth. Strong earthquakes and earthquake-induced secondary disasters result in catastrophic human suffering and loss of property. An estimated 1.6 million people died in earthquakes during the 20th century.

The competition aims to generate students’ interests on the importance of Civil Engineers in designing earthquake-resistant buildings and earthquake disaster mitigation. It involves student teams using MDF (Medium Density Fibre) timber strips and boards, glue and cotton strings to design and fabricate models of earthquake-resistant buildings. On the day of competition, models will be tested on a 2-Dimensional Earthquake Simulator to determine the winners according to the technical requirements and competition rules.

  1. Competition Details
    • The competition will be held from 5 July 2017 (12pm to 5.30pm) at Singapore Polytechnic’s Workshop 5 - W515(Dream Builder 1).
    • The competition is open to all upper secondary school students in Singapore.
    • Each school can send only one (1) team.
    • The number of students in each team shall not be more than four (4), or fewer than two (2)

  2. Prizes
    • Winners of the top 3 teams and 5 merit teams will receive attractive prizes.
    • All participants will receive certificates of participation.

  3. Competition Rules
    • Participants are required to download the registration form here and email it to the Organising Committee not later than Wednesday 3 May 2017
    • A briefing session and collection of materials will be held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at 2:30pm at ABE Event Hall (W512), Singapore Polytechnic. Either the teacher-in-charge or team representative will be required to attend the session.
    • A demonstration session will be arranged on Wednesday 24 May 2017 at W515 but it is optional and registration can be made during the briefing session.
    • All entries shall comply with specifications stated in the Technical Requirements of the competition.
    • All entries submitted shall be original and not have won any awards in another similar competition.
    • All participants are responsible for ensuring that their entries do not infringe any existing intellectual property laws.
    • The Organising Committee is not liable for infringement or abuse of any design as a result of participating in this competition or subsequent publicity.
    • Any entry that does not meet the competition rules will be disqualified.

  4. Announcement of Results
    • The winners and their ranking will be announced via email .A Prize Presentation Ceremony will be held in Singapore Polytechnic. Details will be released at a later date.
    • In event of a tie in the results, the Organising Committee reserves the right to redistribute the prizes.
    • All decisions made by the judging panel are final.