New Civil students experience design, construction, and seismic testing on Imagine Day

Friday, September 15, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin

UBC Civil Engineering welcomed second year and other incoming students to the Civil Engineering Program on Imagine Day. The new Civil students took in a full-day program that began with introductions to department leaders and a review of the Undergraduate Handbook, followed by Mission ImposCIVIL – a scavenger hunt designed to promote teamwork while orienting the students to department facilities. The students then received an introductory technical lecture on Structural and Earthquake Engineering, which was followed by the main event: the Earthquake Engineering Design Project. Students worked in their teams to design and build a three foot tall structure made of balsa wood and cardboard that would hold up a 5-lb brick while subjected to high-intensity earthquake motions. The structures were tested on the Multiple Axis Shake Table (MAST) in the EERF. The teams did unusually well during the testing this year, with every structure passing the gravity load test and surviving the lowest level of earthquake intensity; about two-thirds of all structures surviving the second level of intensity; at least one-third surviving the third level of intensity; and a select few surviving the highest level of earthquake intensity. Congratulations to all the teams for their efforts on Imagine Day!

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