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SCE to Host 2015 National Student Bridge Competition

UMKC’s Steel Roos will participate in nationals

The School of Computing and Engineering at the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been selected to host the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)//American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC). The event will take place May 22–23, 2015 at Bartle Hall.

Competing teams from more than 50 engineering schools, including the UMKC Steel Roos, are expected to participate. In 2009, UMKC placed in the top 10 teams in the country.

In steel bridge competitions, students are provided with a set of specifications including height, weight, length and load-bearing capacity. They must first design, and then build by hand, a bridge that meets those specifications. Entries are judged by how well the bridge meets standards for Construction Speed, Stiffness, Lightness, Efficiency, Economy and Display.

In 2012, UMKC students and faculty advisors approached the AISC to host the competition. The selection of UMKC was announced at the 2014 NSSBC in Akron, Ohio.

The UMKC American Society of Civil Engineers Student Steel Bridge Team has successfully competed in the steel bridge competition since SCE’s formation in 2001. SCE has been invited to compete at the national competition six times since 2002.

To be invited to compete, UMKC was required to place in the top three at their regional competition with approximately 14 teams from Kansas Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Illinois. UMKC team’s best national placing – out of approximately 50 teams – was in 2008 at the University of Florida when they placed first in the stiffness category and 7th overall. One year later, UMKC placed 14th overall.


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