Our UMKC ASCE Steel Bridge team competed in the 2011 Mid Continental conference at K-State in Manhattan, KS on Thursday, April 28. The following is a brief account of the team’s 2011 accomplishments. This year has been a rebuilding year for our UMKC Steel Bridge team as UMKC did not compete last year thus losing some momentum going into this year’s competition. Unfortunately, our team was one of several teams that failed the lateral deflection test of the cantilever section and were disqualified. This year the lateral deflection test was significantly more stringent than in the past. Lateral loading was increased and allowable deflections were reduced. Consequently out of 12 teams competing, at least eight (including MU, Lincoln NE, MS&T, Oklahoma State, and KU) were disqualified for lateral deflection.
Our UMKC Steel Bridge team and its supporters can be very proud that:
- UMKC fielded one of the most unique and aesthetically pleasing bridges in the competition.
- Our build time was approximately 13 minutes with 4 builders, and was one of the fasted in the competition.
- Our bridge was one of the lightest-stiffest bridges , If allowed to be loaded, it is believed it would have been one of the most structurally efficient.
For only one or two very minor (yet critical) mistakes, our UMKC Steel Bridge team would have been in the top two or three teams and would have been off to Nationals again. When you see any of our UMKC Steel Bridge team members please congratulate them for a great effort this year. They truly deserve it.