WMU to host regional steel bridge and concrete canoe competitions.
This year's key public events kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 7, and run throughout the day in Floyd Hall on the University's Parkview Campus. Concrete canoe races will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Ramona Park in Portage.
Steel Bridge -
The steel bridge team designs, fabricates and constructs a scale-model bridge based on criteria established by the American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction. The competition involves building a 1:10 scale bridge that is evaluated on lightness, stiffness, construction speed, construction economy, structural efficiency and overall performance. An award is also given for display. WMU’s bridge must be 17 feet with a clearance of 7.5 inches and be able to hold 2,500 pounds.
Canoes will be judged in categories such as hull design and aesthetics as well as its performance in a number of different races. The competition also involves a display and presentation of the concrete canoe, as well as a separate technical paper.