That’s the sound of a failing bridge, one you do not want to hear during the finals of the annual ASCE/AISC National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC). Of the 47 teams that traveled to Kansas City, MO, from throughout North America, five got the news that their bridge failed, and it meant that their dreams of the winner’s circle failed, too.
But one team, the one representing the ASCE chapter at the University of Florida, heard no such sound. The sound those team members remember is the victory cry that echoed in the Kansas City Convention Center when they learned that their bridge held strong and was the first place winner of one of the nation’s premier student engineering competitions.
Second place went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and École de Technologie Supérieure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, took home third place.
The 24th annual installment of this competition was hosted May 22-23 by the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Computing and Engineering and featured the eligible winners and runners-up from the competitions held in conjunction with 18 ASCE student conference. As a sponsoring organization, the ASCE was well represented, and many members of the Kansas City Section, especially the Younger Members Group, were on hand to help out.
— ASCE NSSBC (@NSSBC2015) May 22, 2015
Sponsored by funding from the ASCE Foundation and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), the NSSBC offered future structural engineers the opportunity to display their skills in steel design, steel fabrication, and teamwork. The bridges designed by the student teams were scored by panel of 40 judges in the areas of how long it took to construct the bridge, its stiffness, its lightness, how economically it was built, how it was displayed, and how efficiently it was built.
— Erika Winters-Downey (@GreatPlainsRE) May 23, 2015
The American Galvanizers Association (AGA), American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), Bentley Systems Inc., Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), DS SolidWorks Corp., James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, National Steel Bridge Alliance (NSBA), and the Nucor Corp. co-sponsored the competition.
— UMKC (@UMKansasCity) May 22, 2015
— Fred D. (@Sooners0561) May 26, 2015
To see more photos from the competition, go to ASCE’s Facebook page.