Your model only needs to include the main
structural frame of a building. You do not need to add the walls on
the outside of the building or stairs within.
Your model can be any shape you like, but it must follow these rules.
It must have at least 4 horizontal
floors that are represented by flat pieces of paper supported
any way you like. A flat roof will be treated as a floor.
- Not counting the ground floor, the total
area of all of the other floors must be at least 750 sq cm. The
maximum area allowed for each floor is 320 sq cm. The floor area
includes the space taken by the columns.
- The distance between the top of any floor
and the bottom of the floor above must be at least 15 cm. The
fixings required for the steel blocks in the
Rules for Vertical Load do not count as part of the floors.
|Remember! You MUST include fixings for the
steel blocks on your model to qualify for the final competition.
- You must leave 12 mm clear around the edges
of the MDF base board, so that we can fix your model to the shaking-table
with clamps. However, you may tie string to the corners of the base
- In a real building, you would need windows
in every storey.
So for each storey of your model, half of the outside surface
must be left completely clear of any materials between the top of one
floor and the bottom of the floor above. (
- In a real building, people need access to all rooms on each floor.
Allow for this in your model by making sure that access is not blocked
by partitions, crosspieces or other parts of the structure. So, leave
enough space for at least one doorway 10 cm high and 4 cm wide into
any rooms that you create.
- If your model has been designed to slide or move around on the MDF
base, its movement must be limited so that the bottom of the model moves
within a 22.5 cm square.