Competitions

AISC/ASCE Student Steel Bridge Competition

ASCE and the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) are partnering to offer the Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) at ASCE Student Symposia.
The Student Steel Bridge Competition challenges students to extend their classroom knowledge to a practical and hands-on steel-design project that grows their interpersonal and professional skills, encourages innovation, and fosters impactful relationships between students and industry professionals.
Each student team develops a concept for a scale-model steel bridge to span approximately 20 feet and to carry 2,500 pounds according to the competition rules. The team must determine how to fabricate their bridge and then plan for an efficient assembly under timed construction conditions at the competition. Bridges are also load-tested, weighed, and judged on aesthetics.

ASCE Construction Institute Student Symposium Competition (Pilot)

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The Construction Institute Student Symposium Competition tasks participating students with several real work construction engineering challenges that teams will be asked to provide written or diagrammatic responses to. Sample projects will entertain all sectors of civil engineering, while the individual challenges will be related to: Traffic Control / Site Logistics, QA/QC, Safety, Public Outreach, Environment, Risk Management, and other concerns that project managers and engineers plan for. Each student team shall act as a construction engineering firm, and these responses shall be directed and delivered professionally, similarly to how a real company would address an owner requesting additional information from a firm during the pre-construction phase of a job.

The entirety of this competition for 2023 will take place at the symposia; therefore there will be no competition documents passed out prior to the symposium weekend. Students should plan to dedicate one to two hours at their spring symposia if planning to participate. The Construction Institute Student Symposium Competition will require students to think outside the box, work effectively in teams, and manage their time and resources to persuade the owner (competition judges) that they are the most deserving of the job!

Timber-Strong Design Build Competition

ASCE has partnered with the American Wood Council (AWC), APA – Engineered Wood Association (APA), and Simpson Strong-Tie (SST) to pilot the Timber-Strong Design BuildSM Competition. The competition seeks student teams to design and build an artistically creative 2-story wood light-framed building that is sustainable, aesthetically pleasing and structurally durable. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 in-person build has been replaced with the creation of a building information model (BIM). Learn more about the competition.