Concrete canoe, steel bridge competitions at WMU
March 19, 2010
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University will host the 2010 American Society of Civil Engineers North-Central Regional concrete canoe and steel bridge competitions on campus Friday through Sunday, March 26-28. The conference will be held at the WMU Parkview Campus engineering complex, with the concrete canoe races being held at Ramona Park in Portage, Mich.
Eleven universities from Michigan and Ohio will be attending the conference, with a total of nine concrete canoe teams and seven steel bridge teams competing. This is the first time WMU is hosting the event.
Civil and construction engineering students will compete for best design of a concrete canoe that floats and uses recycled materials. They also will compete in building a 20-foot-long steel bridge that can hold 2,500 pounds and can be assembled quickly from pieces no longer than three feet, six inches. WMU's entry in the 2009 regional concrete canoe competition--the Black Pearl--won third place, the best that WMU has done since it began competition in 2002. The past year was the first time a WMU team entered the steel bridge competition.
This month's conference also features a friendly Steelcrete Putt-Putt event for the schools to compete in and a Technical Paper Presentation Competition in which participation is required for a team to qualify for Nationals. The paper topic this year is "Ethics and the Civil Engineer of 2025."
About 265 students will compete and be critiqued by 35 industry judges, professionals, faculty and guests. WMU's team faculty advisor is Dr. Osama Abudayyeh, associate dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
WMU ASCE Concrete Canoe
WMU ASCE Steel Bridge
For more information, visit the WMU ASCE Student Chapter online.
Concrete canoe contacts
Steel bridge contact
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