Tech’s ASCE chapter hosts regional conference, shines in concrete beam competition

Monday, April 13, 2015

Members of Georgia Tech's ASCE student chapter watch a judge evaluate their concrete beam submission duing the Carolinas Regional Conference April 11. Tech's team placed first in the competition. (Photo by Trisha Pintavorn.)

Georgia Tech’s American Society of Civil Engineers chapter produced the best-performing bamboo-reinforced concrete beam at this year’s Carolinas Regional Conference April 9-11.

The Tech teams placed second in two other events:

  • the freshmore competition, a scavenger hunt around campus that tested first- and second-year students on basic technical skills and civil engineering history, and
  • the hydraulics competition, where students had to calculate and predict scour in a flume.

“Our student teams acquitted themselves admirably,” said David Scott, ASCE’s adviser, noting that much of the group’s preparation time for the competitions was spent organizing the conference itself, which was in Atlanta this year.

That meant arranging for competition venues and hammering out logistics to host 10 schools from throughout the region on campus and around metro Atlanta.

“As the conference drew near, these students put in a lot of hours making sure Georgia Tech was ready when things kicked off,” Scott said. “Despite less-than-hospitable weather on the lake Friday [for the concrete canoe competition] and some unexpected logistical issues Saturday, I am confident in saying that our student chapter represented the School and the Institute as efficient, courteous, and accommodating hosts for the 10 schools that joined us this year.”