ROLLA (04/28/2014)(readMedia)– Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Steel Bridge Design Team earned first place at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Mid-Continent Student Conference, held Thursday, April 24, through Saturday, April 26, at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla. Austin Shull, a senior in architectural engineering from La Monte, is part of the team.
Missouri S&T competed against 13 other collegiate teams at the conference. The team earned a spot at the national competition that will be held May 23-24, at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio.
The Steel Bridge competition challenged teams to construct a scale-model steel bridge as fast as possible. The bridges were then “load tested” to see if they could hold the required weight of 2,400 pounds. Missouri S&T’s bridge weighs 320 pounds and is comprised of 22 pieces and more than 70 bolts. It is 17 feet long and is a 1:10 scale model bridge.
The teams were judged on bridge weight and rigidity, construction speed and the number of team members building the bridge. Missouri S&T’s team earned first place in stiffness, efficiency and economy, and earned third in the display section. The team’s scores were good enough for it to earn first place overall. Dr. Timothy Philpot, associate professor of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri S&T, is the Steel Bridge Team faculty advisor.