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S&T’s Steel Bridge team earns second, qualifies for nationals

The Missouri S&T Steel Bridge Design Team competes in the Gale Bullman Building on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Photo by Sam O’Keefe, all images courtesy of Missouri S&T News & Events. 

Missouri S&T’s canoe, named Alice after a former St. Pat’s tradition, weighed over 200 pounds and could hold up to four paddlers. Photo by Bob Phelan. 


Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Steel Bridge Design Team earned second place at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2016 Mid-Continent Student Conference that S&T hosted this past weekend. By doing so, the team qualified to compete at the national event, which will be held May 27-28 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

During the competition, the team raced to construct its bridge as fast as possible. The bridge was scored on its weight and rigidity, construction speed and the number of team members building the bridge. Each bridge was also “load tested” to prove its weight-bearing abilities.

At the national event, approximately 50 teams will compete to construct their bridges against the clock. Infractions, such as dropping bolts, holding two pieces of the bridge at once or stepping over designated safety lines, incur time penalties.

Missouri S&T’s Concrete Canoe Design Team also competed at the regional conference and earned seventh place. After passing a “swamp test,” designed to test the buoyancy of the canoe, the team had to paddle its concrete boat in proof-of-concept women’s, men’s and combined sprints and endurance races to prove its construction integrity. Each team was also judged on engineering reports, a presentation and displays that illustrate the manufacturing process.

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Campus: Missouri S&T
Key words: Competitiveness, Innovation, Rolla Campus, Science, Technology,
County: Phelps

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