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UND places third in Student Steel Bridge Competition and advances to national finals

Congratulations to the team of UND students who won third place at the 2022 Western Great Lakes Student Conference! Hosted by the ASCE Student Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, fourteen universities from across the Midwest United States and Southern Canada competed in the 2022 Western Great Lakes Student Conference in April. The team has qualified to advance to the national finals scheduled for May 27-28, 2022 at Virginia Tech.

Placement Scores

Construction Speed – 2nd

Stiffness – 2nd

Structural Efficiency – 2nd

Lightness – 3rd

Aesthetics – 4th

Construction Economy – 4th

Overall – 3rd

About the Competition

The Student Steel Bridge Competition is an annual competition that challenges student teams to develop a scale-model steel bridge. The team must determine how to fabricate their bridge and then plan for an efficient assembly under timed construction at the competition. Bridges are then load tested and weighed. The bridge must span approximately 20 feet, carry 2,500 pounds, and must meet all other specifications of the competition rules. Bridge aesthetics are also judged and considered in the competition’s final results.



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