You are required to DESIGN and CONSTRUCT a model of a building to a scale of roughly 1:25.

The model should stand up to the artificial earthquakes generated on the Shaking-Table in the EERC laboratory.

The Model

Your model must:

  • be made only from MDF board, paper, glue and string. ( Show Me )
  • have at least 4 floors and fit on 25 cm square base board. ( Show Me )
  • be able to carry 7.5 kilograms or more.   (Show Me )

The Artificial Earthquakes

We will test models on the shaking-table for different sized earthquakes. We will start with a very small earthquake. Then we will gradually increase the size of the earthquakes to the maximum the shaking-table can produce.

For every model, we will make a note of the size of the earthquake that caused it's failure and use that to calculate an efficiency ratio.

The models with the highest efficiency ratio will be the winners.

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Competition -   
The Challenge
from Bristol University