UBC Concrete Canoe, UBC Steel Bridge post outstanding results at ASCE Regional Student Conference

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | By Lindsay Cashin

UBC Concrete Canoe and UBC Steel Bridge have both returned from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Pacific Northwest Regional Student Conference at Boise State University with excellent results.

The concrete canoe competition saw fifteen universities face off in an exciting student team challenge: to design, race and build a canoe out of concrete. After some unique challenges in the lead-up to competition, the UBC contingent, known as the “The Eh Team” rose to the occasion at the regional conference to place third overall. Outstanding results of first place for final product, second place for oral presentation, and third place for technical paper contributed to this outcome.

The steel bridge competition challenged students to design, build, and assemble scale model steel bridges, taking technical, architectural, and economic factors into consideration. Out of fourteen competing teams, UBC Steel Bridge placed second overall, thanks to their excellent results of first place for both construction speed and economy, and third place for both lightness and display. This result, combined with UBC Concrete Canoe’s standing, meant a very impressive representation of UBC at the ASCE Pacific Northwest Regional Competition.

Next, the teams are headed to their respective Canadian National Competitions at Université Laval, Quebec, both happening from May 11 to May 13.