The “A.N.S.” team from the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) received a first-place honorable mention at the 2018 Earthquake-Resistant Building Competition on April 8 for engineering a structure built to withstand the force of a shake table.
AUIS students Ameer Sabir Aziz, Nza Luqman Saeed and Shakar Bahaaddin Mohammed were awarded a first-place recognition for their model structure.
Sixteen teams from six universities in the Kurdistan Region participated in the competition. Each group was tasked with designing and building a model structure out of wood that could resist varying frequencies from a shake table that mimicked movements of an earthquake. Due to technical issues with the shake table, however, all participating teams were recognized for having successfully submitted model structures. The judges did decide in the end to award five honorable mention certificates to the teams with the best structures.
The Kurdistan Region has experienced numerous earthquakes over the last year, which served as inspiration for this event. The engineering departments at AUIS, the University of Sulaimani, and Ishik University – Sulaimani decided to organize this competition in an effort to encourage future engineers to consider natural disasters in their building plans. Furthermore, students were presented with an opportunity to apply theoretical concepts learned in the classroom to real life situations.
The AUIS teams that participated in the competition expressed their gratitude to Dr. Ashty Qazzaz from AUIS, Dr. Sirwan Khurshid from the University of Sulaimani, and Mr. Ilham Ibrahim from Ishik University – Sulaimani for their role in putting the competition together, to supervisor, Dr. Nihad Bahaaldeen Baban, the volunteers from the three organizing universities, and event sponsors Qaiwan Group, My Solution, Kurdistan Engineers Union, Lafarge, and Pepsi.
AUIS student and event organizer Muhammad Aristo Hama contributed to this story.