Civil Engineering Students’ Design Skills Tested with Annual Steel Bridge and Big Beam Competitions

Civil Engineering Students’ Design Skills Tested with Annual Steel Bridge and Big Beam Competitions

These two competitions require teams of students to design, construct, and then test their design. The students use their structural analysis and design skills, as well as estimating, scheduling, project management, time management, and team leadership skills.

Steel bridge during construction

AISC/ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition

Who: Team Captains and lead designers/fabricators: John Murphy and Henry Regalado. Other team members were Danielle Franco, Sanaul Khan, and Renee Layton

What: The AISC/ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition. This design competition is sponsored by AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) and ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers). Teams of students from schools across

The Bridge Team

2015 NU Steel Bridge Team: Sanaul Khan, Henry Regalado, John Murphy, Renee Layton, Danielle Franco

North America design and fabricate a 19’-0” long steel bridge, then bring the steel bridge to regional competitions where the teams construct, and load test their bridges. The bridges are required to safely support 2500 lbs. The bridges are judged based upon weight of the bridge, deflections, construction time, economy, and aesthetics.

When: The New England regional ASCE Student Steel Bridge competition was held on April 11, 2015.

Where: Merrimack College, North Andover, MA

The Big Beam Competition

Who: Edmund Hayes, John Lobkowicz, and Richard Veno

What: PCI Engineering Student Design Competition: The Big Beam Competition. This design competition is sponsored by the PCI (Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute). Teams of students, working with industrial partners, design, construct, and test a 17’-0” long precast/prestressed concrete beam. The student teams test their beams at their institution, and then submit a video of the testing, along with a design report, to the PCI for judging. The report and beam are judged based upon accuracy of calculations, economy of design, deflections, load capacity.

When: The formwork for the precast/prestressed beam was constructed by the students in the Norwich University Machine Shop and the Civil Engineering Materials Testing Lab. The precast/prestressed concrete beam was fabricated on March 26, 2015, at J.P. Carrara’s precast facility. The beam was tested at the Norwich University, Civil Engineering Materials Testing Lab on April 7, 2015.

Where: The Norwich teams worked on campus and at J.P. Carrara’s precast facility in Middlebury, Vermont.

Top: 2015 NU Big Beam team: John Lobkowicz, Richard Veno, Edmund Hayes.