The Steel Bridge Team of the Portland State University chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) was in Clemson, South Carolina, competing in the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) - ASCE sponsored national Student Steel Bridge Competition May 25-26 at Clemson University. The team qualified for the national competition by winning the Pacific Northwest intercollegiate regional competition hosted by the University of Washington in April.
The ten member PSU team competed against 46 other teams from around the United States, Canada, Mexico, and even Beijing, China! The teams were judged on six categories that included Construction Speed, Lightness, Display, Stiffness, Economy, and Efficiency. The PSU team did remarkably well, finishing 6th in Construction Speed, 8th in Lightness, and placing 13th overall.
According to the AISC, the goal of the competition is “to supplement the education of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy.”
The competition mimics the bidding process of a request for proposal of an actual bridge construction project. Every August the AISC releases the rules and specifications for that academic year and becoming ready to compete requires months of preparation.
Several of this year’s regional champion team members will be graduating spring quarter, but Team Captain Greg Glaze and Assembly Captain Zak White assured future members that they are leaving detailed records behind and will be available to assist future team efforts.
Greg urges all interested Maseeh College students to get involved, “Participating on the Steel Bridge Team is a fun way to learn crucial life skills, such as working as part of a team, that you don’t pick up in the classroom. Competing at the regional and national competitions also provides valuable opportunities to network with potential employers.”
Well done 2012 ASCE Steel Bridge Team!
For more information about joining the PSU student chapter of the ASCE and getting involved in the Steel Bridge Team, please click here.