Competitions

Steel Bridge

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Civil Engineering students are challenged to an intercollegiate competition that  supplements their education with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience  from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a  steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The Student Steel Bridge Competition increases awareness of real-world engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, aesthetics, project management, and cost. Success in competition requires application of engineering principles and theory, and effective teamwork. Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently.


Concrete Canoe

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Concrete Canoe Paper Presentation Room Sketch

The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. The event challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. 

Attention: Submit your paper by March 1st to:

ASCE 2015
Attn: Matt Webb
Civil Engineering Department
UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science
DEPT 2502 EMCS 430
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga TN 37403-2598


Small Competitions

Balsa Dam

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The Balsa Dam competition offers students the chance to challenge their knowledge of structural and hydraulic principles. Students will need to design and construct a dam structure using balsa wood. Judging will be based on structural efficiency, flow rate of the tested model, and quality of the submitted design report.


Concrete Cylinder

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Design a concrete cylinder with the highest compressive strength with maximum mass of 1100 grams. The cylinder dimensions are 3in diameter x 6in height = 42.4in3. The tolerance on each cylinder dimension is +/- 0.05.

Attention: Paper must be received by March 1. Email your submission to  ASCEConference2015@gmail.com

Concrete Ladder Golf

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Students will compete in a single round elimination ladder golf tournament. The match-up will be chosen at random. Judging will be based on concrete mixed design and scoring in the tournament.

Attention: Paper must be received by March 1. Email your submission to  ASCEConference2015@gmail.com


Environmental

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A common issue at chemical companies is the color of the wastewater they send to the local wastewater treatment plant. Community members that live near pipe outlets tend to voice concerns about the environmental impact of the dyed wastewater. With that being said this year's environmental competition will focus around the save removal of a dye from water.


Geotechnical

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This competition centers on Swedish soil scientist Albert Atterberg's attempt to classify fine grained soils by using their liquid and plastic limits. The Atterberg experiment is based on moisture content in the soil. In his studies, Atterberg defined the plastic, liquid, and shrinkage limits in the soil. The plastic limit defines where the soil changes from semi-solid to a flexible (plastic) state. The liquid limit is the moisture content that defines where the soil changes from a plastic state to a viscous fluid state. The shrinkage limit is the moisture content that defines where the soil volume will not reduce further if the moisture content is reduced. These properties are used to classify a fine grained soil according to the Unified Soil Classification system or AASHTO system.


Mystery

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The Mystery Competition allows engineering students to display skills in problem solving, communication, and decision-making on a limited time schedule. The official rules will be disseminated at the time of the competition.


Professional Paper

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Established in 1939 in honor of the 67th President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the context provides an opportunity for alert young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention.

Attention: Paper must be received by March 1. Email your submission to  ASCEConference2015@gmail.com


Survey

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The purpose of this competition is to test each engineer's ability to analyze a landscape quickly and accurately. This skill is heavily used in the professional world, whether it be analyzing pre-construction conditions or combating a problem during construction. Basic surveying skills are essential tools that every civil engineer should possess. The surveying team will be asked to determine the distance and elevation from one location to a specified point.


Transportation

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The Transportation Design Competition challenges students' ability to design and enhance various sets of engineering and construction plans. The purpose of this competition is to test the participants' abilities to be adaptive and creative when dealing with streets. In cities, such as Chattanooga, it is important to build safe and time/cost efficient roads. However, many of today's roadways are cluttered with narrow pathways, and congested intersections. There is a growing movement across the country towards "complete street" designs. A complete street is a transportation policy and design approach that requires streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel. The plan also allows access for users of all ages and abilities regardless of their mode of transportation.


T-Shirt

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This competition allows competing teams to showcase their artistic ability, creativity and student involvement while incorporating the following T-shirt design criteria. 


Visual Display

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This year’s theme is designed to showcase how far engineering has progressed. The theme chosen for the 2015 American Society of Civil Engineers Southeast conference is: "Innovations of the Past: Building Blocks for the Future." As engineers, were are always considering ways to either improve on a current design or think of something news. However, we want this year's conference to remind future engineers of engineering's "humble" beginnings. With this in mind, this year's visual display competition will focus on bringing past engineering wonders to life.


 

2015 ASCE Southeast Student Conference
Matt Webb, Conference Chairman
UTC College of Engineering and Computer Science
Dept. 2502, 615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Phone: 423-425-5217
Email:  ASCECONFERENCE2015@gmail.com