Vietnam students top Taiwan earthquake house design contest

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Four students from Da Nang City (L) raise their top prize award at the earthquake-sustaining house design contest in Taiwan on September 21, 2014. Photo credit: chinhphu.vn Four students from Da Nang City (L) raise their top prize award at the earthquake-sustaining house design contest in Taiwan on September 21, 2014. Photo credit: chinhphu.vn

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Four Vietnamese college students passed their counterparts from ten other countries to win top prize at the earthquake-sustaining house design contest in Taiwan.
Ha Tuan Anh, Dang Quoc Dao, Luu Anh Tin and Ho Thu Thanh Thu, the construction students from Duy Tan University in Da Nang City who represented Vietnam at the contest, beat 42 other teams in the undergraduate category, according to a statement on the government website.
Introducing and Demonstrating Earthquake Engineering Research in Schools (IDEERS) is an annual Asia-Pacific competition established in 2001 by Taiwan National Center for Research on Earthquake in commemoration of the earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
Attendants are challenged to design and construct model buildings that can withstand forces equivalent to those of earthquakes.
The Da Nang students' house model, of five kilograms, was designed to sustain six times its own weight, compared to 50 percent at normal houses, and can survive an earthquake of 8 on the Richter scale.
This year edition was held on September 20 and 21, gathering 42 high school teams, 16 graduate teams and 43 undergraduate ones.
The Duy Tan team was followed by three Taiwanese team, while South Korean students came fifth and sixth. Duy Tan students won a third prize and a consolation prize at the contest last year.
Dr Nguyen Chien Thang, who was in charge of bringing the team to Taiwan, said the school is discussing with the government in the neighboring Quang Nam Province to put the model in use in Bac Tra My and Nam Tra My districts, which have been suffered from minor earthquakes recently

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