The SIUE ASCE Student Chapter hosted the 2013 Midcontinent Student Conference April 4-6, 2013. Thanks to all of the PARTICIPANTS, FINANCIAL SUPPORTERS and JUDGES for making this conference a success. Please visit the conference website for more information.

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SIUE ASCE Students Competed at 2013 Mid-Continent Student Conference

The SIUE Concrete Canoe Team "Chimega" won 3rd Place Overall at the 2013 Mid-Continent Student Conference held at SIUE. Students designed and fabricated a canoe consisting of Portland cement concrete, light weight aggregate, carbon fiber and monofilament reinforcement and other materials according to a set of rules revised each year. The theme of this year’s canoe was named “Chimega”, after a cougar that became SIUE's mascot. The canoe is 20 feet long, weighs about 240 pounds. Following display judging, surviving the dunk test, and the formal oral presentation, the team competed in various races with two, three or four paddlers.

Final results (out of ten teams):
First Place - Design Paper
Second Place - Men's Sprint Race
Third Place - Overall Performance, Final Product, Men’s Slalom/Endurance Race

2013 SIUE ASCE Concrete Canoe Team

The SIUE Steel Bridge Team also competed at the conference event. At the event, the students erect the bridges in a timed event across a hypothetical river following a set of work site rules. The bridge this year was 16'-11" long, 36 inches wide, 36 inches high, weighing about 215 pounds and took six builders just under 25 minutes to construct it during the timed event. It supported a 2500-pound load distributed across two parts on the bridge with only about 5/8" deflection.

Final results (out of fourteen teams):
Second Place – Stiffness

2013 SIUE ASCE Steel Bridge Team



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