Jacobs School Steel Bridge Team Wins Spot at National Competition
The regional competition involved engineering students representing 17 universities in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii. The event was sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Iron and Steel Institute, the James F. Lincoln Arc Welding Foundation, the National Steel Bridge Alliance, and Nucor Corporation.
The UCSD Society of Civil-Structural Engineers was represented by 50 students working on 12 teams competitions: steel bridge, concrete canoe, seismic design, technical paper, surveying, concrete bowling ball, concrete Frisbee, school feud, impromptu design, soccer, tug-o-war, and mystery event. The bridge-building competition rewarded analytical and construction speed. UCSD’s team built its 22-foot bridge in less than 11 minutes. It weighed only 226 pounds and deflected less than one-half inch in aggregate under a 2,500-pound load. The students designed and fabricated the bridge during many hours in the Campus Research Machine Shop with the help of the shop’s staff.