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Student Steel Bridge Competition Crowns Winners

Student Steel Bridge Competition Crowns Winners

Students from the University of Florida won the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition in May. 

The competition challenges teams to design, fabricate, and construct a scaled steel bridge, according to an article on the American Institute of Steel Construction’s website

 The bridges were ranked based on construction speed, stiffness, lightness, economy, display and efficiency, the article says. 

Eighteen conference competitions were held to determine who would compete in the national competition.  

The University of Missouri-Kansas City hosted the competition from May 22-23. 

Justin Rayl was captain of the winning team. 

“This is the greatest accomplishment I’ve had since attending the University of Florida,” he said in the article.  “We had a very strong team. Everyone was willing to put 100 percent effort into every aspect of the bridge, whether it was the design, jig set up, or fabrication. Countless devoted hours were put into the bridge by every member of the team, and we had great support from our faculty advisors.” 

The competition poses real-world challenges, AISC Director of Education Nancy Gavlin said. “It’s exciting to watch the next generation of structural engineers come together and work with such passion and enthusiasm,” she said. 

AISC sponsors the competition in cooperation with the American Society of Civil Engineers. The American Galvanizers Association, who is a partner of Design Data, co-sponsored the competition. AISC is also one of Design Data’s partners. 

Next year’s competition will be held at Brigham Young University in late May. 

Congratulations to this year’s winners and all students who participated!