Civil Engineering students are challenged to an intercollegiate competition that supplements their education with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing. This experience culminates in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The Student Steel Bridge Competition increases awareness of real world engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication, erection processes, safety , aesthetics , project management, and cost. The purpose of this project is to apply knowledge gained from various civil engineering courses. Specifically, this project draws heavily from civil engineering materials, structural analysis, and concrete design.
Additional Design Parameters/Constraints for 2019 Example - In an effort to rebuild infrastructure destroyed during recent volcanic flows and earthquakes associated with the Kilauea Volcano, the National Park commission is interested in paying tribute to a new bridge from the park. Models will be erected under simulated field conditions and will be tested for stability, strength, and serviceability using standardized lateral and vertical loads. Structural cost, construction cost and duration, and aesthetics are important considerations.