Lessons from the 2014 Steel Bridge Conference

This past weekend, the Ohio Valley Student Conference took place. UofL attended, competing with their 2014 bridge design. Each year, ASCE and AISC write rules to introduce the students to unprecedented challenges. That was no less true this year!

At the competition, 8 out of 12 bridges either disqualified or failed during loading. That is not an usual thing! If nothing else, this proves the challenges of this year’s rules. Unfortunately, UofL was one of those teams; you can’t win every time.

This year’s bridge had a dimensional disqualification which was unforeseen, as it only occurred when fully constructed. This is a great lesson for all engineers: it might work out on paper, but in real practice it can be a totally different story.

On a happier note, the UofL team had one of the quickest bridge construction times, and that is an impressive feat! The team has learned a lot from this year’s competition and is excited to bounce back next year!

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