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Student Steel Bridge Contest Begins

Student Steel Bridge Contest Begins

The countdown to the finals of the 2015 National Student Steel Bridge Competition is underway. 

The competition, sponsored by AISC and ASCE, has North American students assemble their own designed and fabricated steel bridges following a specific set of building rules, according to Modern Steel. 

The mission of the competition is to give civil engineering students a comprehensive, student-driven experience that involves fabrication, testing and more, according to the 2015 competition guide.

“Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently,” the guide says. 

At the first competition, the University of Texas at San Antonio won first place. The Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico was second place. Texas A&M University earned third place.

Bridges are judged on display, construction speed, stiffness, lightness, construction economy and structural efficiency, according to the Modern Steel article.

“It’s exciting to watch the next generation of structural engineers come together and work with such passion and enthusiasm,” Nancy Gavlin, AISC director of education, told Modern Steel. “The competition poses real-world challenges that the students face with ingenuity and professionalism.”

The first of 18 conference competitions was held on Jan. 17 at the University of Texas at Austin. The top performing schools from each regional event will compete in the national competition. 

The national competition is scheduled for late May at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. 

Learn more about the competition at Modern Steel.