April 2018 - Page 20

2018 ASCE/AISC New England Region Student Steel Bridge Competition By Nicholas Golon, PE and competing against teams from other colleges and universities. Through the course of competition students are required to construct and then load test their bridges. This year’s ASCE/AISC New England Region Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) was hosted by the University of Vermont from April 27 th – 28 th with more than a dozen schools participating. This year’s competition did not disappoint with innovations in both design and construction from many competing schools. Below, the Université of Laval constructs their bridge in a competition best 3 minutes and 45 seconds. The mission of the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge The University of Norwich, which co-hosted the Competition (SSBC) is to supplement the education event with the University of Vermont built their of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, bridge in a more modest time. student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The SSBC increases awareness of real- world engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, esthetics, and cost. Success in inter-collegiate competition requires effective teamwork and project management. Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently. The SSBC provides design and management experience, opportunity to learn fabrication processes, and the excitement of networking with