The University of Texas at El Paso Hosts 2013 Steel Bridge Texas-Mexico Regional Design Competition
January 10, 2013
The College of Engineering hosts the 2013 Steel Bridge Texas-Mexico Regional Design Competition Saturday, January 19, 2013 at the Memorial Gym on the UTEP Campus. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) are organizing sponsors for the annual competition.
The competition enriches civil engineering education with a comprehensive design-build project experience. Each participating team conceives, designs, fabricates and erects a unique bridge. The Texas-Mexico Regional Competition pits design entrants against each other through a series of tests to determine the best models. The top 3 teams become eligible for the National Competition.
Participating student ASCE chapters design and construct a scaled steel bridge of approximately 21 feet long, three feet tall, and three feet wide. The competition provides students the opportunity to explore a variety of real-world design issues related to the use of steel as well as simulating the construction challenges engineers face in building novel infrastructure with limited time and resources.
"UTEP is honored to host the Steel Bridge regional competition this year. We look forward to hosting schools from around the region and ensuring a well-run competition" said Dr. Richard Schoephoerster, College of Engineering Dean.
Participating universities include Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, University of Houston, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at El Paso and the Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico.
Teams are evaluated in six categories: stiffness, lightness, construction speed, display, efficiency and economy. Criteria for judging submissions include: steel as the primary structural material, long-span steel structure, creative and innovative use of structural steel in the design solution, successful response of the design to its surrounding context, and successful response to basic architectural concepts.
Dr. Cesar Carrasco, Chair of the Civil Engineering Department adds, "The students participating in the event not only put to practice many of the design skills learned in their classes, but also learn valuable management and team skills that significantly enhance their educational experience".
The judging panel is composed of two head judges from the ASCE Texas Section and a panel of industry engineers from leading area engineering firms including Henry K Ng & Associates, Moreno-Cardenas Inc., Huitt-Zollars, CONDE Inc., Quantum Engineering and Vaughn Construction.
The Competition begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, January 19th at Memorial Gym and is free and open to the public. For more information on registration and event information please go to http://utepasce.wix.com/2013tx-mxregionalsbc#!
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