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Steel Shots: Student Steel Bridge Competition
Posted by Alison Trost on April 2, 2010 at 8:13 AM.

Steel Shots: Student Steel Bridge Competition

Now in its 23rd year, the Student Steel Bridge Competition pits engineering students from across the nation to design and build steel bridges. Here the Michigan State University team scrambles to erect its entry at the North Central regional competition held March 27 at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Mich. Photo: Nancy Gavlin

The annual Student Steel Bridge Competition is a cooperative effort between the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Steel bridge teams from colleges and universities throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada compete in regional events associated with the ASCE Student Chapter conferences. Winners of those conference competitions advance to the national competition, which in 2010 will be held at Purdue University on May 28-29. (

Each bridge team designs, fabricates, and constructs its bridge based on rules and functional requirements that change yearly. Categories of competition are display, construction speed, lightness, stiffness, construction economy, and structural efficiency. In addition, overall performance is rated through a load test.

To view the schedule of upcoming regional competitions (including host school contact info), go to

For more information about the Student Steel Bridge Competition, visit

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