The Steel Bridge Team is hard at work on the 2014 bridge design. Each year, the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) present new and unique challenges in the competition rules. This year, there is a heavy constraint on the depth of the bridge. As you can imagine, this rule makes it difficult to design a stiff bridge.
With this new challenge in mind, the steel bridge team is working hard to find creative ways to make a strong, efficient bridge. Connections must be very snug, without taking forever to fasten; the final product should be practical to put together. All of these details must be considered at the very beginning design stages.
The design is moving along well, and the team is very excited to begin fabrication in January.