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UMass ASCE Student Chapter Steel Bridge Team placed fourth overall

UMass ASCE Student Chapter Steel Bridge Team

UMass ASCE Student Chapter Steel Bridge Team

Congratulations to the UMass ASCE student chapter Steel Bridge Team placed fourth overall at the ASCE Northeast Regional Competition hosted at UConn! The UMass Amherst bridge design was one of only five of 15 competitors to successfully hold the competition load of 2500 lbs.  The team designed a 249 lb, 20 ½ ft truss bridge with a cantilever and was awarded first place in Stiffness, second place in Aesthetics, and was the lightest truss design before infractions were added to their score.  The team built the bridge in 22 minutes and 38 seconds using launched construction to span the “river,” receiving creativity and safety thumbs-up from the judges. Zachary Bartula, Dan Clasby and Trent Guihan led the 17 member team, entirely comprised of first time participants. The team would like to thank Faculty Advisor Dr. Scott Civjan, P.E. and structural engineer and UMass CEE alumnus Peter Quigley, P.E. for their advice and support.  The team would also like to recognize Fastenal for donating nuts and bolts and Gary Visconti and Republic Iron Works for donating welding services with outstanding speed and service. The team is excited to build on their experience next year, using lessons learned at the competition to inform their design and construction methods.