Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe

"I was about to drop out of the Civil Engineering degree…once I got engaged in Steel Bridge my academic studies gained meaning." – Daniel Hjortstorp

2017 News


2017 Steel Bridge Team in front of Ice Arch
Photo by UAF/JR Ancheta

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Steel Bridge Team has returned from the ASCE Steel Bridge Competition placing 1st overall for the Northwest region. After spending the majority of the school year designing and building their entry according to ASCE's specifications, they traveled to Boise State University where they competed against 14 other universities including Washington State, Montana State, and Oregon State. The team placed 1st in Lightness, 2nd in Construction Speed, 2nd in Stiffness, 1st in Structural Efficiency, and 2nd in Construction Economy which lead to the team taking 1st place overall for the Pacific Northwest conference. This is the 3rd year in a row the team has won 1st overall for the region and again has earned an invitation to compete at the National Competition, held this year at Oregon State University May 27-28th. Out of the original 250 schools that compete in the regional competitions, approximately 50 will be present at the national competition (including schools representing 7+ countries).

Results from the 2017 ASCE Steel Bridge Pacific Northwest Regional Competition

  • 1st Place – Overall
  • 1st Place – Structural Efficiency
  • 1st Place – Lightness
  • 2nd Place – Stiffness
  • 2nd Place – Economy
  • 2nd Place – Speed
  • 4th Place – Display

2017 Steel Bridge Team2017 Steelbridgeteam in action



2017 Concrete Canoe Team

This year’s canoe, named Fish On, incorporated a slim hull design with a structurally sound composite reinforcement scheme. With a density only slightly higher than that of water, the boat was built for speed. The boat was constructed and paddled by a team of civil, mechanical, and petroleum engineering students. This experience allowed students to use knowledge gained in the classroom, and apply it to building a reinforced concrete boat moves quickly and nimbly through the water.

Results from the 2017 ASCE Concrete Canoe Pacific Northwest Regional Conference

  • 4th Place – Overall 4th Place
  • Races
    • 1st Place – Men’s Endurance
    • 2nd Place – Men’s Sprints
    • 2nd Place – Co-ed
    • 3rd Place – Woman’s Endurance
    • 5th Place – Woman’s Sprints
  • 4th Place – Oral Presentation
  • 8th Place – Final Product

2017 Concrete Canoe competition

Photos courtesy of Shane Ohms and Dawn Galusha.

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