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ASCE/AISC Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition of 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annemarie Gasser
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American Society of Civil Engineers

1524 S. IH-35, Suite 180, Austin, Texas 78704

Phone: 512-472-8905

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January 13, 2015

Contacts: Kelly Skoviera, Student Competitions Coordinator, ASCE Texas Section 512) 651-9618;

Annemarie Gasser, Communications Manager, ASCE Texas Section Office: (512) 472-8905;

ASCE/AISC Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition of 2015

AUSTIN, TEXAS — 150 - 200 civil engineering students will compete in a steel bridge competition January 17, 2015 at the University of Texas at Austin Recreational Center. This competition features over 17 student chapter teams from major Texas and Mexico universities competing for the honor of going to the national competition.


The purpose of the competition is to provide civil engineering students with comprehensive project experience involving the design and building of their own one-tenth scale steel bridge. The students are required to do their own design, fabrication, and testing with client specifications. Students’ bridges must be able to withstand 2,500 pounds and show the least deflection (or dip) when the weight is applied, and are judged in the following categories: display, construction speed, stiffness, lightness, construction economy and structural efficiency. The teams with the best combined rankings across all six categories earn overall award recognition.


Throughout the academic year, student teams work for months perfecting the design, fabrication and construction of each bridge. To reach the national event, each team must place among the top schools in one of 18 regional competitions held across the country each spring. This extracurricular activity teaches civil engineering students to develop skills including teamwork, innovation, project management and professionalism.


The Texas Section of ASCE is one of the largest and most active sections of the American Society of Civil Engineers with more than 9,000 members. Dedicated to promoting, encouraging and recognizing civil engineering excellence and professional growth in Texas, the Texas Section is headquartered in Austin and comprises 15 Branches throughout Texas and student chapters at the state’s leading universities.

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