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PROJECT MANAGER

TAYLOR DONALDSON

CONSTRUCTION

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BRIDGE DESIGN

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BUILD CAPTAIN

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Material Sourcing

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How to get involved:
Only ASCE Student Members in good standing are eligible to compete in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition.
Let us know you're up to the challenge!  Speak to a project manager at one of the meetings, or email us at info@mcneeseasce.org
Start researching!  Check out the rules and website for the National Student Steel Bridge Competition by navigating to the links or downloading the rule book in the resources section of this page.

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HECK YEAH, IT FLOATS!

Students not familiar with the concrete canoe competition or the history of concrete ships are shocked to learn that a concrete canoe can float.  Most students of fluid mechanics will know that a canoe made from concrete denser than water will float due to the displaced water and Archimedes' Principle.  However, to be allowed to compete each canoe must pass a float test  - when completely submerged the canoe must float to the surface of the water due to its inherent buoyancy.  Kind of like some kind of concrete life preserver . . .  sounds like a challenge fit for a civil engineer!

COMPETITION BACKGROUND

The ​​Concrete Canoe National Competition has its roots in the early 1970s, when ASCE student chapters began constructing and racing concrete canoes.  It's probably one of the best known activities that civil engineering students participate in, and thousands of students across the country and around the globe compete each year for the chance to qualify for the National Competition.  Each year the National Competition is held at a different location, and teams from each conference make the long journey with their canoes (hoping the canoe survives) to compete.

OUR CANOES

McNeese State University has a history of competing, and each year we do our best to come up with an improved design and creative theme for our canoe.  The Mud Bug won 4th place in our conference in 2012, the Swamp Rocket didn't quite make it to competition, 2014 was the year of The Time Machine, and in 2015 Cowboys and Engineers competed as well.  2016 was a big year for McNeese when Ècrevisse won 2nd in the Deep South Conference then went on to the National Competition for the first time ever - where our team won the  presitigious Spirit of the Competition Award.

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PROJECT MANAGER

MASON KNIGHTON

TESTING MANAGER

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CANOE DESIGN

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PADDLING CAPTAIN

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Material Sourcing

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We need YOUR help
on this project!
 
How to get involved:
Only ASCE Student Members in good standing are eligible to compete in the Concrete Canoe National Competition.
Let us know you're up to the challenge!  Speak to a project manager at one of the meetings, or email us at info@mcneeseasce.org
Start researching!  Check out the rules and facebook page for the Concrete National Canoe Competition by navigating to the links or downloading the rule book in the resources section of this page.

RESOURCES

FIRST, YOU GOTTA LEARN THE RULES!

One of the most important criteria for success in any engineering project is compliance​.   Each year teams are not allowed to compete for some infraction of the rules like not passing the float test or some other safety issue.  Even worse, some teams win their conference competition - but then aren't eligible for the National Competition due to a lack of knowledge about the rules.  If you want to play the game . . . you better know the rules!

VISIT THE CONCRETE CANOE NATIONAL COMPETITION WEBSITES

The Concrete Canoe National Competition has a website and Facebook page - you should check them out!  These are great places to see pictures of past canoe competitions, gather ideas and inspiration for our canoe (don't copy!), and get answers to the questions that will undoubtedly arise.  The Facebook page in particular is the place to ask for clarifications on the rules - browsing through it is a great way to get answers to questions you didn't even know you should have asked.

DON'T FORGET THE "INTERWEB"

Concrete canoes and ships weren't invented yesterday.  There's lots of resources out there for those willing to look.  Many of the products and resources available may not be found just by doing a search for 'concrete canoe' - try expanding your search by researching lightweight concretes, aggregates, and reinforcements.  The only rules for the competition are the actual rules for the competition; this is where creativity and engineering comes into play.  You have the opportunity to try new ideas, showcase your abilities, and sell your design to your team.

PEOPLE ARE RESOURCES TOO

Don't forget your professors, they are a wealth of knowledge on the capabilities of materials and design. Maybe the best resources of all are practicing engineers.  If you know a civil engineer or work with them - ASK THEM about their concrete canoe experience.  It's almost guaranteed to start an interesting conversation and you'll probably learn something.  At the least you'll be building a relationship and starting a conversation with a future colleague.  One caveat here . . . consider carefully before cold calling engineering firms to ask for advice.  That might probably be more of a bad idea than a good one, and you may want to check with the project manager to be sure the person hasn't been solicited already.

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VISIT THE WEBSITE

Like the concrete canoe, the steel bridge competition has a great website with all the rules and resources necessary for a successful project.  This is a good place to visit as you make your plans and start your design.

RESOURCES

READ THE RULES!

One of the most important criteria for success in any engineering project is compliance​.   Each year teams are not allowed to compete because they didn't follow the rules.  Even worse, some teams win their conference competition - but then aren't eligible for the National Competition due to a lack of knowledge about the rules.  If you want to play the game . . . you better know the rules!

COMPETITION BACKGROUND

The ​first steel bridge competition for students was held in Michigan in 1987, but eventually spread to other ASCE student conferences.  The first National competition was held in 1992 and the event has become one of the premier civil engineering student competitions in the United States.  Each year, thousands of students around the country and from Canada and Mexico compete for the opportunity to attend the National Competition.

OUR BRIDGES

McNeese State University has worked on several steel bridges in the past, but we're not honestly sure the last time that any of them made it to conference and were able to compete.  Quality control in the construction of the steel bridge is of paramount importance, since one weak weld can spell catastrophe for a steel bridge.  Our team for 2018 has high hopes of competing in our conference for the first time in years, and is excited to get to work.

 
 
 
PROJECT SCHEDULE

Our project schedule can be downloaded to the right.  This schedule will change and we may not meet all of our timeline goals, but use it as a guide as you are researching the canoe and wondering where we need to be at any given time in the project.