This year the Steel Bridge team competed at the Mid-Continent Conference Steel Bridge Regionals held at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (SIUE). The competition was held April 4, with a record number of teams, fourteen, attending from the Mid Continent Conference. This year our team, the SteelRoos, did remarkably well but fell short of the top three. Our SteelRoos build time was good and the bridge stiffness was very good, winning 3rd place. The one of a kind connections used for the bridge intrigued many participants. However, some key construction and dimensional penalties knocked our SteelRoos out of the running for the top honors. Co-Captains Taylor Christmas and Jessica Everhart and team members, Kevin Buck, Huy Dao, Mitchell Eutsler, Jon Lamanes, Paige Norris, Spencer Solon, Jade Rodell-Tipton, Megan Ryan conducted themselves in a professional manner and represented UMKC and SCE very well. Professors John Kevern and Jerry Richardson serve as faculty co-advisors for the team. Much was learned for next year and many of this year’s team members will be returning. We are all proud of them!
UMKC SCE’s Steel Bridge Team is going to the AISC Steel Bridge Nationals! The team of 5 seniors and 5 juniors have been declared the regional champions, returning from the April 19-20 Mid-Continent Conference Steel Bridge Competition in Lincoln, NE with FIVE 1st place wins, including FIRST PLACE OVERALL. Judged in 7 categories, our UMKC Steel Roos took first place in the categories of Construction Speed, Stiffness, Lightness, Efficiency and of course, FIRST OVERALL. They placed second in Economy and fifth in Display. Of particular interest and pride is that the measured deflection their bridge experienced upon loading matched exactly their analytical predictions! Two SCE seniors, Kyle Dunning and Isaac Somogie, were team co-leaders. Professors John Kevern and Jerry Richardson served as faculty co-advisors for the team. The team will go on to compete at the AISC Steel Bridge Nationals held May 25-26, 2012 at Clemson University. K-State secured second place overall and earned a trip to nationals as well. The final ranking was 1) UMKC, 2) KSU, 3) Mizzou, 4) UNL – Omaha, 5) MST, 6) UNL – Lincoln, 7) KU, 8 ) SIUE, 9) SLU, 10) U of OK, 11) SIUC and 12) MO State, OK State, & U of Arkansas.
Our Steel Roos have a tremendous record in this competition! In the last seven years of competition at the annual Mid-Continent Conference Steel Bridge Competition, the UMKC Steel Bridge Team has placed FIRST 5 times. This is unprecedented by any Steel Bridge team within the conference. From 2006-2009 they placed FIRST for four consecutive years; in 2010 the team took a year off from competition in order to rebuild; and in 2011 the team was disqualified because their bridge exceeded lateral deflection limits. At the 2009 national competition in Las Vegas, our Steel Roos took 1st in Stiffness and placed in the 10 ten of teams competing. We hope that 2012 will be the year when our Steel Roos advance their ranking at the national competition!