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UI engineering students to compete in national bridge-building contest
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Engineering student
chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) will compete
in the 1997 National ACSE bridge building contest in May in Pomona, Calif.
The UI chapter recently finished second in the Steel Bridge Competition
at the ASCE Upper Midwest Regional Conference Feb. 20-22 at the University
of Minnesota in Minneapolis.
The UI ASCE bridge building team includes: Andrew Engler, of Evergreen,
Colo.; Jason Imhof, Dubuque; Brad Ketels, Waterloo; Kenley Kyle, Carrollton,
Texas; Tom Nagle, Waterloo; Dave Schechinger, Harlan; and Kyle Zellers,
Springfield, Ill. Faculty advisors Professor Forrest Holly, Professor
Jasbir Arora, and Assistant Professor Colby Swan, all in the department
of civil and environmental engineering, assisted the students with their
design. According to Holly, the contest blends hands-on experience with
The UI team competes with a 20-foot-long steel bridge of their own design
and construction weighing about 80 pounds and able to support a weight
of 2,500 pounds. Contest rules call for the student teams to construct
their scale-model bridges according to length and vertical loading specifications.
Additional criteria include stiffness, lightness, efficiency, economy,
aesthetics and construction speed. At the Minnesota competition, the UI
team placed first in lightness and second in efficiency, economy and aesthetics.
The team is able to assemble its bridge in less than five minutes.