Civil engineering students place in steel bridge nationals
A Citadel civil engineering team composed of nine students and two advisors, made an impressive showing at the 2011 National Student Steel Bridge Competition sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute for Steel Construction hosted by Texas A&M University May 20-21. The Citadel placed 21st in display and 32nd overall in the intercollegiate event, which was attended by 750 civil engineering students.
From a field of 200 colleges and universities across the United States, Canada and Mexico, 48 teams advanced to the national competition. The steel bridge event, now in its 20th year, is a competition to design and fabricate a 21-foot long steel bridge that supports a test load of 2,500 pounds and withstands rigorous inspection and testing.
The Citadel bridge weighed 440 pounds and was composed of 34 custom fabricated steel members and included 75 bolted connections. In addition to load testing, assembly of the bridge under stringently timed and monitored conditions was the most crucial aspect of the competition. The Citadel’s four-member construction team assembled the bridge using specific sequencing, teamwork and a variety of hand tools in 28 minutes.
“Our students demonstrated tremendous teamwork and represented The Citadel extremely well at this prestigious event. Placing respectably, 32nd overall, when competing against so many nationally recognized engineering programs was a great accomplishment for our institution,” said Civil Engineering Professor William J. Davis, who serves as the student ASCE chapter advisor.
The Citadel’s bridge was designed and fabricated solely by civil engineering students during the 2010-2011 academic year and was made possible by support from The Citadel Foundation, the School of Engineering and a number of community leaders, including Deer Run Unlimited, Leeds Park Associates, Marks Powdercoating, ADC Engineering, and the Charleston American Society of Military Engineers Chapter.
“The opportunity to work as a team on a technically challenging real-world project and put our design solutions to the test in regional and national competitions was a great learning experience and served to help our team develop a better understanding of the demands of engineering practice,” said Aaron Lee, Citadel Steel Bridge Team co-captain.
2011 Citadel Steel Bridge Team
• Justin Robinette (Capt.), Monks Corner
• Josh Barlow (Capt.), Monks Corner
• Aaron Lee (Capt.), Summerville
• Kevin Basili, Goose Creek
• Daniel Cruz, Fort Mill
• Brad Elliot, Winnsboro
• Matt Wenger, W. Columbia
• Joseph Fredendall, Seneca
• Cameron Dyson, Hanahan