Competition Schedule

2020 Competition

Competition Schedule


Prototype shelters should be designed and constructed prior to the competition. The competition will consist of the following phases:

1. Pre-Competition Phase: Teams prepare a report to include design specifications of their prototype and explanation of how it meets the design parameters. This should be submitted to the judges via the email noted on Competition Web site no later than March 30, 2020. Report should include at least the following:
            (i) review of existing disaster shelter designs currently in use,
            (ii) explanation of method of design of the proto-type,
            (iii) validation that the proto-type meets design criteria (include a chart comparing required
                  specifications to achieved specifications),
            (iv) discussion of how the shelter is culturally appropriate to the given scenario,
            (v) suggested modifications or improvements to the proto-type (that were discovered during proto-
                  type construction),
            (vi) photos or drawings of the proto-type, and
            (vii) a draft water/sewage disposal plan.

2. On Site Phase:
    - Display shelters in compact, unconstructed form, along with required tools and instructions for assembly
    - 30-45 minute presentation to a panel of judges explaining how the shelter meets the design
    - Earthquake Test on Shake Table to test earthquake resistance
    - Ventilation test to determine shelter ventilation characteristics
    - Rain Test to test ability to withstand moderate rain downpour
    - Wind Test to test ability to withstand heavy wind/rain
    - Timed assembly of the shelter
    - Habitability test to assess comfort and function
    - Construct and test (wind/water) an Emergency Shelter from materials kit provided by SP at the
       competition site

Specific schedule will be as follows:

Thursday, April 23    
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM Coordination meeting with judges and JBU Reps (BTC CM Conf Rm)
8:00 AM – 10:00 PM Competition check-in and delivery of structures to testing area (JBU CM High Bay)
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM All participant meeting to discuss procedures and schedule (BTC 209)
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Lunch (BTC 209)
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Begin Earthquake Testing (BTC CM High Bay)
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Team Presentations (BTC CM Conf Room)
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Dinner with Judges (Simmons Great Hall)
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Continue Earthquake Testing and Team Presentations


Friday, April 24  
7:30 AM – 9:00 AM Complete Earthquake Testing (BTC CM High Bay)
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Timed Set-Up/Handling Evaluation (Outdoor Set-up Area)
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM Ventilation Testing (Outdoor Setup Area)
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Rain Testing (Outdoor Set-up Area)
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM Emergency Shelter Construction and testing from SP Kits (Outdoor Set-Up Area)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM All Participant Cook Out (Outdoor Set-Up Area)
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM Light Test (Outdoor Set-Up Area)
9 PM Fri. – 7 AM Sat.
Shelters occupied by student judges for Habitability Assessment


Saturday, April 25  
7:00 AM – 10:00 AM Rain and Wind/Water load assessment (Outdoor Set-Up Area- Architectural Testing Inc.)
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM Judges complete final evaluations and scoring of prototype shelters
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Lunch, awards, closing remarks by SP and JBU (Simmons Great Hall)


Download schedule here.