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Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Texas at Austin Recreational Center in January

Wednesday, March 11, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annemarie Gasser
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AUSTIN – More than 150 engineering students competed in the Regional Student Steel Bridge Competition at the University of Texas at Austin Recreational Center in January.

     The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the Texas Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) hosted the event.
    According to Annemarie Gasser, ASCE communications manager, 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 competition featured more than 17 student chapter teams from major Texas and Mexico universities competing for the honor of going to the national competition.
      The students were required to do their own design, fabrication and testing with client specifications.
     Students’ bridges had to withstand 2,500 lbs. and show the least deflection (or dip) when the weight is applied, and were judged in the following categories: display, construction speed, stiffness, lightness, construction economy and structural efficiency, she said.
     Throughout the academic year, student teams work for months perfecting the design, fabrication and construction of each bridge.
    This extracurricular activity teaches civil engineering students to develop skills including teamwork, innovation, project management and professionalism.
     The top three schools will advance to the national competition held May 22-23, at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Congrats to the winners!

University of Texas - San Antonio
Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico
Texas A&M University

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