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 The 6th National Resilience Design Award

"National Resilience Design Award" is held as the place to provide information and to improve skills by assembling concrete cases and results which is helping to strengthen the national land. Structural analysis (civil engineering and construction), ground and water engineering, and disaster prevention are the target fields and various brilliant works for strengthening of national land will be introduced.    

    The 6th National Resilience Design Award Results Announcement

  After careful consideration by juries, Grand Prix, Semi Grand Prix, and 3 Honorable Judge Award have been selected.

Grand Prix    
  Development of simple measurement technology for steel structures
 - Constructing a convenient soundness monitoring system for structures using piezo limit sensors -
 Akita Prefectural University Faculty of Systems Science and Technology
Program : Engineer's Studio®
The joining method of structures used in many steel structures in Japan is generally a fastening method using welding or bolts. In case of welded joint, there are few accidents due to the vibration or loosening of nuts compared to the bolt fastening, but brittleness occurs at the same time as hardening around the joints due to the thermal effect of welding. The non-destructive inspection technique and visual inspection are used for the weld joint inspection. However, in countries that have experienced major earthquakes, it is required to design buildings with the method that makes the entire building plasticized without collapsing and absorbs the earthquake energy to prevent the collapse and save human life, if a large earthquake with a seismic intensity of 6 or more based on the building design standards occurs. In other developed countries, there is currently no report of monitoring the soundness of only connecting part for a long period. In order to evaluate the soundness of steel structures after large earthquakes, there is a demand for the construction of a monitoring system that enables long-term, inexpensive, and simple measurement using an autonomous limit sensor. This report says the test result of analysis technology that enables the prediction of displacement and load from the output of the new sensor.
PDF Poster PDF (1,508KB)

  Semi Grand Prix 
  Flood analysis of rivers in mountain area
 - Reproducing the dynamic behavior of flood water -
 F-tech Inc.
Program : xpswmm
Currently, local governments all over Japan are reviewing and creating flood hazard maps for each river. However the current hazard map creation guide is written for large rivers with embankment structures, and it is difficult to say that it is suitable for reproducing flooding at small rivers in mountain areas. Since the flood hazard map is created by overlapping inundation areas of each assumed collapse of dike, it displays the "maximum potential inundation depth" within the "maximum potential inundation range" and doesn't reproduce the actual flooding. As for the inundation along steep excavated river channels, the company conducted an analysis based on the reproducibility of the actual phenomenon because showing the dynamic behavior of the inundation water rather than the inundation area would be able to provide more realistic information.
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Honorable Judge Award Prof. Hiromichi Yoshikawa (Chief of the judging committee)
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo City University
  Validity evaluation of reaction force for bearing design by difference of analysis model
 - Verification of dead load analysis by plane grid and dynamic analysis by 3D frame -
Program : Engineer's Studio®, Grid analysis
This data is the evaluation of the validity of the reaction force for bearing design on a simple steel girder bridge (with six main girders) with a bevel. The validity of the evaluation is confirmed by comparing the dead load reaction force of each girder calculated with "Grid analysis" and that calculated with "Engineer's Studio®". After the calculation, the best analysis model is selected. In addition, they performed the dynamic analysis by using the optimal model and arranged the response values acting on the bearing.
PDF Poster PDF (757KB)

Honorable Judge Award Prof. Masaru Morita, Vice-president of Shibaura Institute of Technology
Professor of Urban Environmental Engineering Laboratory,
Civil Engineering Department, Shibaura Institute of Technology
  Disaster countermeasures for water supply facilities considering multi-hazards
 - Approach to streamlined design by sophistication of analysis model and verification index -
 Knowledge Fusion Co., Ltd.
Program : Engineer's Studio®, WCOMD Studio
Many areas in Japan are often hit by many disasters such as earthquake, typhoon, heavy rain, and eruption. To maintain and manage infrastructure including water and sewage facilities in the future, disaster countermeasures that take into account different types of natural disasters (hereinafter referred to as multi-hazards) are necessary. In this work, using a distribution pond of a water supply facility as an example, the company conducted a structural analysis assuming that such natural disasters occur simultaneously and proposed an evaluation method to take reasonable disaster countermeasures. Multi-hazards in this work means a flood and large earthquake.
PDF Poster PDF (1,667KB)

Honorable Judge Award Prof. Akihiko Wakai
Professor of Science and Engineering Department, Gunma University
 Dike ground analysis
 - Liquefaction judgment and deformation analysis of dyke during earthquake -
 Kyushu Civil Engineering
Program : GeoFEAS2D
This company executed the seismic analysis on levees in Kyushu. After judging the liquefaction, it estimated the stability of structures during the L2 earthquake and the amount of deformation by the static verification method, and evaluated the seismic performance. As a result, an extremely large deformation with the amount of 442 cm was generated at the top as the liquefaction.
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Nomination Award    
  JR Kagoshima Main Line track underlay propulsion impact analysis
 -Ground deformation analysis and evaluation during propulsion pipe construction-
  JR Kyushu Consultants Company
Program : Geo Engineer's Studio
The effect of the adjacent construction was investigated along with the construction of the propulsion pipe crossing the JR Kagoshima Main Line. The analysis is divided into three steps. The step 1 is the initial stress analysis while adding the dead load. The step 2 is the analysis when applying the train live load. The analysis considering cutter excavation is the step 3. Both cases of applying the train load or not are reviewed with the stress release rate 30%. The displacement amount at the orbital position was computed and confirmed to be within the allowable range.
PDF Poster PDF (1,021KB)

Nomination Award    
  Verification of installation method by cable erection method
 - Proposal of load loading method for each installation step -
 Namura Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.
Program : Engineer's Studio®
The cable erection method (direct suspension method) is a method which direct suspension equipment and cable crane is installed on steel towers on both sides of the construction site, and the construction members are assembled with the members are directly suspended. This method is used when it is difficult to install a construction vent in the middle due to the topography such as valley and river, and only when steel towers and anchors can be installed on both sides. This time, to use the cable erection method for the planned construction of a simple down-pass type trussed langer bridge over a wide river, the company tested if the tension on the main cable and hanger cable members would be within the planned tension and if the reaction force of the ground anchor would be within the planned reaction force.
PDF Poster PDF (911KB)

Nomination Award    
  Proposal of water tank with seismic isolation device for huge earthquakes
 - Dynamic nonlinear analysis of aquarium structure with or without seismic isolation device -
 Morimatsu Industry Co., Ltd.
Program : Engineer's Studio®
Recently, huge earthquakes have frequently occurred in Japan. However, it is economically impossible to make a water tank that can withstand all huge earthquakes. Therefore, the company got an idea that they can make tanks at reasonable cost by attaching a seismic isolation part suppressing the propagation of seismic motion to the structure as much as possible to the bottom of the tank. As the first step of design, they modeled a tank of 960m3 (16m x 10m x 6m) and placed 5 high-damping laminated rubbers for low-rise buildings on two opposite sides around the bottom of the tank and put the elastic slide bearing on the center parallel to it. They did a dynamic analysis of the nonlinear time history response by using Engineer's Studio® and compared the reaction force and the result of member verification with and without the seismic isolation device.
PDF Poster PDF (931KB)

   Award / Prize

  Grand Prix Excellence Award Honorable Judge Award Nomination Award
Critea high-spec laptop
Portable SSD
Amazon gift card
  Altair mobile laptop
Amazon gift card
  Action camera
Amazon gift card
Book card
PCs provided by Thirdwave Corporation
*No dual recipients

   Profile of Judging Committee

Prof. Hiromichi Yoshikawa (Chief of the judging committee)
Professor Emeritus, Tokyo City University

Visiting professor of Colorado University (1992-93). Graduated from Department of Science and Engineering.
A doctor of civil engineering and a specialist of aseismic engineering, earthquake risk, and armored concrete.
Won the literature award and Yoshida award of Japan Society of Civil Engineers. Author of some books.
Prof. Masaru Morita
Vice-president of Shibaura Institute of Technology
Professor of Urban Environmental Engineering Laboratory, Civil Engineering Department, Shibaura Institute of Technology

Professor of Department of Civil Engineering, Shibaura Institute of Technology. Specialist of urban hydrology and groundwater hydrology. Currently he researches risk management of a flood.
The author of a book about groundwater.
Prof. Akihiko Wakai
Professor of Science and Engineering Department, Gunma University

Member of Department of Environmental Engineering Science of Gunma University. He studies in a disaster prevention of ground, various ground movement, and interaction between ground and a structure,
especially focusing on a prediction by computers like FEM.


Flow of the contest

Guideline for
Nomination Works Awarded Works

Tue. 8 Oct. 2019 Deadline for works submission

Fri. 11 Oct. 2019 Meeting for selecting nomination works
Meeting for selecting nomination works
at Seminar Room in FORUM8 Head Office
Juries (From left) Prof. Akihiko Wakai,
Prof. Hiromichi Yoshikawa (Chief of the judging committee),
Prof. Masaru Morita

Tue. 12 Nov. 2019 Examining Meeting at FORUM8 Tokyo head office MAP

Fri. 15 Nov. 2019 SHINAGAWA INTERCITY Hall
Award Ceremony of the 6th National Resilience Design Award

Overview of application

Deadline for works submission Tue. 8 Oct. 2019
Application standard and Deliverable Contents including not only design and analysis, but also comment on disaster reduction, reasonable design method, BCP, and risk management that help to strengthen the national land directly or indirectly are accepted.

  1. Work title / sub title (about 30 words)
  2. Work overview (about 150 words)
  3. Poster: A1 horizontal, Purpose and contents are clearly described.
  4. Report (purpose, method, result, consideration): 3 or 4 pieces of A4 paper
  5. Input data (Result file)
  6. Product name
  1. Animation, movie
  2. PPT
  • Japanese or English
Where to deliver the data Please tell your contact person of FORUM8 staff and send it to him/her.
Copyright All contents of the work data are the copyright of each applicants.
The submitted data will not be distributed, but FORUM8 has a right to use the data and works, edit and reproduce the images and videos etc. and post or introduce it on website, magazines, books, and newspaper. as a sales activity or an advertisement as a secondary user of data. Please be forewarned.
Inquiries for the application Please tell your contact person of FORUM8 staff.
Meeting for selecting
nomination works
Nomination works will be decided on Fri. October 11, 2019

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   Introduction of the past awarded works

The 5th National Resilience Design Award
on 16 Nov. 2018  
  Grand Prix
"Applying the residual strength evaluation method using degradation level check to jetties
 - Proposal of a new strength evaluation method using a loading experiment and general regular check results -

Institute of Technology, PENTA-OCEAN CONSTRUCTION CO., LTD.

The 4th National Resilience Design Award
on 17 Nov. 2017  
  Grand Prix
"Design of solar cell support structure
 -Detail design by 3D skeleton structure analysis -

Next Energy & Resources Co., Ltd.

The 3rd National Resilience Design Award
on 18 Nov. 2016  
  Grand Prix
"High seismic retrofitting of freestanding retaining wall by using PC-Wall and reasonable performance verification type seismic design method"
 -Actual-size experiment and verification by using high performance FEM fiber model-

Nippon Concrete Industries Co., Ltd.

PDF Poster PDF(517KB)

The 2nd National Resilience Design Award
on 20 Nov. 2015  
  Grand Prix
"Seismic performance verification considering the level 2 earthquake and tsunami load"
- Series of analysis of earthquake and tsunami against coastal sluice gate –
RATECH Co., Ltd.

PDF Poster PDF(517KB)

The 1st National Resilience Design Award
on 21 Nov. 2014  
  Grand Prix
"Specifications for highway bridges applied seismic verification and reinforcing study for 40-year-old batter brace ramen bridge"
- The best effective and economic method among seismic isolation damper and buckling restrained braces etc. –
Tonichi Design Consultant Co., Ltd.

PDF Poster PDF(707KB)

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