UBC Steel Bridge Team Places 4th in Canadian Competition
The UBC Steel Bridge team has taken 4th place in the 2018 Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition (CNSBC), held this year at the University of Waterloo. Managing to bring down their construction time from 12 minutes and 27 seconds at Regionals to 10 minutes 45 seconds, the UBC team improved their performance but still landed just shy of the coveted top three placements. Despite the intense competition, CNSBC provided a welcoming and friendly experience with teams cheering each other on.
Participating in the competition was itself a learning opportunity, with UBC Steel Bridge members noting other team’s creative solutions to improve their assembly efficiency. Other teams introduced innovations like shoe supports that would allow them to hold the bridge while freeing their hands to fasten bolts, and the next challenge for the UBC team will be to see what new approaches they can bring to their future construction strategies.
UBC Steel Bridge has one more competition to round out the season. Following up their regional Pacific Northwest 3rd place win in Oregon, they are heading to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this weekend, where they will compete in the nationals of the 2018 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student competition. Follow them on Facebook or at www.ubcsteelbridge.ca to keep up with their progress.
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