DESIGN || ANALYSIS || CONSTRUCTION
The design module is for students who have an interest in learning and applying design skills, be it architectural or structural. The first semester will be focused on teaching new members how to use various modeling software such as SketchUp, AutoCAD, and Adobe Illustrator, which can be obtained via free trials or through Software @ Berkeley. By the end of the semester, you should be able to create a structural design for your very own tower! Returning members may work with the design leads to show off their design skills and help with the development of possible test models for competition. The second semester will be dedicated to the completion and rendering of the competition model in preparation for the annual competition in March!
Welcome to design!! We’re so glad you’re interested in our module. If you join us we hope that you’ll learn a great deal about structural design and our wonderful team. We look forward to meeting you in the fall!!
Rui Hong Guan
The analysis module is the part of CAL Seismic that deals with the rendering of virtual models in Sketch-up into SAP 2000 to obtain seismic predictions. Members of the analysis model will be taught how to navigate the SAP 2000 software and Sketch-up software, as well as make inferences about the building based on the predictions gathered by those programs. As long as you have an interest in the building analysis process, we encourage you to join! The analysis model meets every Tuesday and Thursday in the 5th floor Davis computer lab.
Welcome to the Analysis Module! We are extremely excited to meet and teach you the skills needed to successfully analyze buildings during seismic events.
The construction module is responsible for building the competition model for the team. We start from scratch all the way to the finished product and show you the steps along the way. From framing the building, to making and putting in floors and applying bracing systems. Above all we learn to work together in this module, especially with time constraints. We work with balsa wood and glue, different measuring tools, levels, a lot of tape, and overall equipment that allows us to be as accurate and efficient as possible. The key thing to bring to the team when starting out is some enthusiasm. We love to see new faces and as long as you’re willing to learn as we go, this can be a rewarding experience. The construction module tends to be very close because we spend a lot of time in the basement of O’Brien, where we get work done. Other than the two hours of decal per week, we also hold sessions on two other days for two hours each. Like anything in life, this is the type of thing where you get out what you put in. We strive to make the basement a welcoming environment for everyone and are open to any questions or song suggestions to play for you. Remember we’re students just like you and want to make your time here a little better if we can.
Anyone from any major is welcome to join as our goal is to learn and work as a team. We look forward to constructing many models alongside you and creating fun memories!