MAY 20, 2014 – SPSU’s Steel Bridge Competition Team took third place overall in the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Southeast Student Conference Competition at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
The team now heads to the National Student Steel Bridge Competition (NSSBC) at the University of Akron in Ohio on May 23-24. The ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) jointly organize the national competition.
Seven students made up the SPSU team: civil engineering technology (CET) majors T.J. Byrd, Bobby Englehart, Sebastian Hernandez, Steven Marbury and Curtis D. McCoy III, and civil engineering (CE) majors Daniel Silvestri and John Trane. Prof. Mike Orlandella, associate professor emeritus in the CET Department, is the team’s advisor.
In the regional competition, SPSU placed second in construction speed and third in economy, giving the team an overall third-place finish. At SPSU, the Steel Bridge Competition Team is supported with funding from the Student Government Association and the Alumni Association. However, team members raise additional funds through industry supporters.
In all, SPSU sent 20 students to the regional competition to compete with 27 other institutions. SPSU participated in all 14 events with Prof. Nancy Turner, a CET lecturer, as faculty advisor for the minor events. (The Steel Bridge Competition was one of two major events.)
Of the 12 minor events, SPSU placed:
• Second in the Geotechnical Competition, where the objective was to construct a concrete gravity wall and predict the failure load caused by a horizontal backfill behind the wall (CE majors Justin Gobbel and Daniel Silvestri);
• Third in the Environmental Competition, where the objective was to create a portable water purifier to provide drinkable water for at least one person for a day, while meeting Transportation Security Administration criteria (CET major Cody Owenby); and
• Third in the T-shirt Competition, where the objective was to create a T-shirt embodying the conference theme (Engineering Tomorrow, Today) and integrating university spirit (CET major Chandler Colhard and surveying/ mapping major Antonio Sample).