Steel Bridge

 

Meet Your Steel Bridge Captains                     

 

Lauren Costello (laurencostello@ksu.edu)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Scott Schiff (scottdschiff@ksu.edu)

Would you or your company like to sponsor our team?

Please contact the captains or our faculty advisor if you would like to make a monetary donation.  We would also appreciate donations of items used for the fabrication of our bridge, such as steel or welding supplies.

 

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of our team.

      

The Kansas State University

Carl R. Ice College of Engineering

The Kansas State University

Department of Civil Engineering

The Kansas State University

Student Governing Association

 

About Steel Bridge

Every year our team of students constructs a 1/10th scale steel bridge. The entire project is managed by students who do not receive any school class credit or scholarships in return; however, a great deal of knowledge and experience is gained by everyone involved. The team is comprised of determined and eager students who want to become involved in a competitive design-build project. From concept to competition, all tasks are performed by members of the team, including designing, optimizing, drawing, detailing, locating and ordering material, fabricating, painting, assembling, and competing.

Most of the following information was obtained from the official steel bridge rules: HERE

Why Join?

Joining the Steel Bridge Team has many benefits. Many freshmen have learned engineering concepts by fabricating and building the bridge before they have even taken the related classes. Every year, team members learn how to model the actual bridge, which is being built, and help to finalize steel sizes. This process gives each team member a better understanding of how the bridge is going to be constructed. Therefore, during fabrication, the team members can participate and give input in the decision-making of the final product.  During the fabrication phase, team members have the opportunity to learn how to use shop machinery and participate in the construction process.  The entire design-build process provides hands-on, practical experience involving real-world engineering issues that stress teamwork, innovation, safety, and professionalism.

Early involvement has great rewards. Please feel free to stop by any of our meetings to see what is going on. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students of any major; freshman are encouraged to come out as well. No experience is necessary and all are encouraged to join early!

Competition

There are two levels of competition: regional and national.  Regional competitions are held in conjunction with ASCE regional conferences.  Invitations to compete at the national level are extended only to the winner from a region with two, three or four participating universities, to the top two teams from a region with five to ten participating, and the top three teams from a region with eleven or more participating universities.

2019 Steel Bridge Team at National Competition in Carbondale, Illinois, on June 1.

 

2018 Steel Bridge Team at Regional Competition in Carbondale, IL

 

Highlight Videos

2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wWiuyf8e3w

2019 Results

Regionals

  • 1st place efficiency
  • 1st place stiffness
  • 1st place aesthetics
  • 2nd place overall

Nationals

We placed 23rd out of 41 teams at the National Competition in Carbondale, Illinois.

2018 Results

Regionals

We placed 5th overall at the Regional Competition in Carbondale, IL, and did not qualify for Nationals.

    2017 Results

    Regionals

    We placed first overall at the Regional Competition held in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

    Nationals

    We placed 25th out of 43 teams at the National Competition held in Corvallis, Oregon.

    2016 Results

    Regionals

    We did not place at the Regional competition held in Rolla, MO and did not qualify for Nationals.

    2015 Results

    Regionals

    We placed first overall at the Regional Competition held in Lawrence, Kansas.

    Nationals

    We placed 26th out of 47 teams at the National Competition held in Kansas City, Missouri.

    2014 Results

    Regionals

    We placed third overall at the Regional Competition held in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    Nationals

    We placed 21st out of 49 teams at the National Competition held in Akron, Ohio.

    2013 Results

    Regionals

    We placed first overall at the Regional Competition held in Edwardsville, Illinois.

    Nationals

    We placed 36th out of 49 teams at the National Competition held in Seattle, Washington.

    2012 Results

    Nationals

    We placed 27th out of 47 teams at the National Competition held Clemson, South Carolina.

    2011 Results

    Nationals

    We placed 25th out of 48 teams at the National Competition held in College Station, Texas.

    2010 Results

    Regionals

    We placed first overall at the Regional Competition held in Norman, Oklahoma.

    Nationals

    We placed 23rd out of 46 teams at the National Competition held West Lafayette, Indiana.

    2009 Results

    Regionals

    We placed second overall at the Regional Competition held in Carbonadle, Illinois.

    Nationals

    We placed 25th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

    2008 Results

    Regionals

    We placed second overall at regionals at the University of Arkansas.

    Nationals

    We placed 14th out of the 43 North American teams at Gainesville, Florida.

     

    Links

    Official AISC Student steel bridge competition website: Official Site

    Current copy of the rules: Rules