Merit Award at 10th Singapore Polytechnic National Earthquake Competition 2019
Our school took part in the 10th National Earthquake competition organised by the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, Singapore Polytechnic on 8 April 2019. The competition sought to cultivate students’ interest in Civil Engineering, specifically in the area of earthquake resistant structures. Each team consisting of four students was required to build an earthquake resistant three-storey structure using MDF timber strips and the structure had to support a 2.5kg load on each storey. The structure was then bolted to a two-dimensional earthquake simulator, i.e. 2D vibration table, and underwent 15 rounds of testing, ranging from an acceleration equivalent to 100 Gal (1 Gal = 1cm/s2 represents a unit of acceleration in seismology) to 1500 Gal along both the minor and major axes. The structure with the minimum deflection would be the winning structure.
Our team of Seah Han Rong, Austin, Choi Quan Long, Jester Tan Jun Yang and Isaac Hamid, all from Sec 3E6 competed against teams from 23 participating schools and won a merit award. The structure made by our North Stars managed to withdraw till the 7th Round of testing (i.e. 700 Gal). They spent a month building and refining the design of the structure, making use of their knowledge and skills acquired in Design & Technology and demonstrated the use of critical and creative thinking to overcome the problems faced during the construction.