SES Inter-University Competition 6.0: Raising awareness on earthquake stability during construction phase

It was the sixth installation of SES Inter-University Competition, held at UTAR Sungai Long Campus on 15 February 2020. Organised by Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Student Chapter and The Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM), the competition aimed to provide a platform for students to apply their knowledge in designing a structure to resist simulated earthquake.

This year saw 31 teams from 16 higher learning institutions putting their skills and knowledge to test, including two teams from Singapore and one team from East Malaysia. The participating higher learning institutions were Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus, University of Nottingham Malaysia, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah (PSAS), Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah (PSIS), Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP), Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Universiti Malaya (UM), Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), MAHSA University, Manipal International University, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN), and Politeknik Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah (PSA).

SES has been held annually since 2015. It is a build and break competition where participants are required to construct an earthquake resisting structure by only using the provided materials, namely balsa wood, mounting board, sandpaper, wooden baseboard, and superglue. The structure has to be completed within 210 minutes and it has to comply with the assigned theme and feature. The theme for this year placed the highlight on the construction phase of a building, with an additional requirement to include a tower crane and a skywalk. The competition was judged by IEM Chairman of Professional Interview Board Ir Tu Yong Eng, ICE Malaysia Representative Ir Tony Chan Tuck Leong, Design engineer of NS BlueScope Lysaght Malaysia Sdn Bhd Raja Julaili Raja Ali and ICE Member Chiew Chang Chyau.

“This theme is exciting and relevant as earthquakes can strike anytime without noticeable warning. Hence, it is vital to be alert on this as the aftermath can be destructive and hazardous,” said the competition chairperson, Kong Ka Ming. He also expressed his gratitude to everyone involved, including sole sponsor NS Bluescope Lysaght Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a leading international steel product suppliers. NS BlusScope serves building construction, manufacturing and home appliance industries with innovative, high quality coated and painted steel products across ASEAN and North America.

“I was told we have participants from 16 institutions and this time we can call it an international event as we have teams from Singapore,” said Dean of Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKC FES) Ir Prof Dr Goi Bok Min. He was proud of the development of SES Inter-University Competition along the years and wishes the competition will continue to expand and get better in the future.

PSAS team (left) and NTU team building their structure

USM Team and UniMAP team building their structure

UTM Team and Manipal International University Team building their structure

UPM Team (left) and Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus Team presenting their plans

The most anticipated part of the competition: Structures’ stability is tested on an earthquake simulation table

The result of SES Inter-University Competition 6.0 is as follows:

Champion (winning prize RM1,800): Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)

First Runner-up (winning prize RM1,400): Politeknik Sultan Idris Shah

Second Runner-up (winning prize RM1,100): Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Consolation (winning prize RM400): Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)

Consolation (winning prize RM400): Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

The Best Poster & Presentation Team (winning prize RM300): Nanyang Technological University

The Best Tower Crane Award (winning prize RM300): MAHSA University

The Most Cost and Time Efficient Team (winning prize RM300): Universiti Putra Malaysia

For more photos from the competition please visit UTAR SES Competition 6.0 Facebook page.

Committee of SES Inter-University Competition 6.0 that made the event a success

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