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WA University Hosts Concrete Canoe Race

Friday, April 12, 2019

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Saint Martin University (Lacey, Washington) launched the 2019 Pacific Northwest American Society of Civil Engineers and American Institute of Steel Construction Student Conference yesterday (April 11).

The annual conference is slated to take place through April 13, and will conduct various competitions in civil engineering, steel construction inlcuding the most popular: concrete canoe races.

The competition for this conference is slated for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 13 at Lacey's Long Lake Park, and is being held alongside nine other conference chapters' competitions this weekend in preparation for the 2019 National Concrete Canoe Competition, which is slated for June 7-9, and will be hosted by the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida.

Decades of Concrete Canoes

Concrete canoe competitions, according to ASCE, informally began in the early 1970s, when student chapters of the society constructed and competed their engineered floating devices to see which could design the most viable canoes made with the ubiquitous building material.

In 1988, ASCE introduced the first national championship, giving concrete canoe-builders nationwide something to aspire to. That year, Master Builders Inc. was the competition’s sole corporate sponsor.

This year, the competition is sponsored by the ASCE Foundation, FC&PA, American Concrete Institute, Geico, Pearl Insurance, UPS, NPCA Foundation and Michael Baker International, with open opportunities still pending.

The Saint Martin Conference

The Pacific Northwest Region Student Conference is just one of the 18 regions that ASCE student chapters are divided into. Every year in April, the schools involved come together to compete in various civil-engineering competitions.

Unlike other conferences, this event is more than just something to show up to, students will be able to gain hands-on experience, according to the organization, and the general public is also invited to watch the competitions take place.

“Over 400 engineering students from colleges in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Nevada and British Columbia will converge on the Saint Martin’s campus to compete in events such as steel bridge building and testing, concrete canoe races, surveying, and environmental engineering competitions,” said Jill Walsh, assistant professor of civil engineering and ASCE faculty advisor.

Starting today, canoe displays, bridge building and testing, and more are to be hosted at the university’s Marcus Pavilion and Charneski Recreation Center. Teams competing in the concrete canoe sectors will be evaluated and judged on buoyancy, design and planning.


Tagged categories: American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC); American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE); Colleges and Universities; Competitions; Conferences; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

Comment from Michael Halliwell, (4/12/2019, 11:19 AM)

Meh...being from up in "The Great White North" I prefer the concrete toboggan races, eh ;)

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