USM Teams Rank 5th and 11th Places at IDEERS Competition 2018


NIBONG TEBAL, 17 September 2018 -  Two teams from the School of Civil Engineering, Universiti Sains Malaysia have achieved encouraging results in the “Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research for Schools (IDEERS) 2018” which was held on September 14 – 15 in Taipei, Taiwan. This international competition was held at the Taiwan National Center for Research on Earthquake Engineering (NCREE). This program is jointly organized by NCREE, National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs) and British Council (BC). Each team was required to construct a building model using the provided materials in 6.5 hours. All models were then tested for various levels of bi-directional earthquake ground motion (from 250 gal to 800 gal) simulated using a shaking table.


A total of 49 undergraduate teams from Southeast Asia, Australia, China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan participated in IDEERS 2018.  Each team was required to construct a model using the provide materials in 6.5 hours.  The model was then tested for various level of bi-directional earthquake ground motion ( from 250 gal to 800 gal) simulated using a shaking table.  

Congratulations to :

3rd year group: Lee Jian Yee, Chan Zheng Ruii, Lew Kah Wei, Richard Ng Eng Yao
4th year group : Ho Kar Meng, Khoo Zheng Yang, Tng Kah Lok, Yeoh Seng Keat

Thank you to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Lau Tze Liang who coordinated the participation of students in IDEERS 2018.   Appreciation also to all who have helped directly or indirectly in making the participation of our students this activity a success

This competition has inspired and educated the future engineers about the importance of designing earthquake proof structures.

Texts/Photo:  Lau Tze Liang/KK Choong