Geowall, Concrete Bowling Team place high at annual ASCE conference
American Society of Civil Engineers
The University of Missouri chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineer’s four competition teams, Concrete Canoe, Steel Bridge, Geowall and a new team, Concrete Bowling, took part in the annual competition at the Mid-Continent Student Conference April 24-25, 2014.
The Geowall team placed first in its regional competition, ahead of eight other teams. The competition simulates the construction principles used in designing and building real-world container walls. Each Geowall team has one hour to prepare its structure for loading: 15 minutes to cut Kraft paper reinforcements, 15 minutes to build a poster board wall and 20 minutes to fill the box with backfill.
Loading begins with 50 pounds in a bucket placed on a backfill. If that holds for one minute, a 20-pound load is hung on a moment arm, a metal arm that will hold a load in front of the wall that simulates horizontal load. If the 20-pound load holds for a minute, a 5-pound weight drops on the arm and is timed.
Scores are tallied based on which teams used the least amount reinforcement material.
The team also competed in the national GeoChallenge at the 2014 Geo-Congress in Atlanta, Feb. 23-26. The team was one of 16 teams invited to participate in the competition and placed eighth. Team and ASCE adviser John Bowders, the William A. Davidson Professor of civil engineering, said the same rules and techniques are applicable to both the regional and national competition. This is the ninth year the Mizzou Geowall team has participated in the national conference.
The Concrete Bowling Team, which was formed this academic year, placed second, against competitors like the Universities of Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma. The goal of the competition is to create a bowling ball out of concrete. Teams are judged based on the design and appearance of the ball, as well as how well the ball plays through five frames.
The Concrete Canoe Team vied for titles in multiple races, placing seventh in women’s sprints, eighth in men’s sprints, third in women’s slalom/endurance race and eighth in men’s slalom/endurance race. Off the water, the team placed 10th for its design paper, third in oral presentation, fourth for final product. The team took fifth overall.
Some ASCE members also attended the ASCE annual conference in Charlotte, N.C., last October. In addition to the regular meetings, ASCE members organized a tour of Memorial Stadium and Faurot Field and participated in a build with Habitat for Humanity.
Members also organized Mizzou ASCE’s two annual K-12 outreach events, Civil Engineering Day for Kids, which are held in the fall and spring semesters.
ASCE officers for 2014: Paige Martz, president; Dalton Ruddell, vice president of speakers; Mohammed Hussain, vice president of fund raising; Josh Garton, vice president of community service; Katy Beyer, secretary; Travis Rowe, treasurer; Carmen Aboytes, director of social media.
Members of Chi Epsilon welcomed six new members last year, and all took on an officer role in either the fall or spring semester.
In both the fall and spring semester, chapter members volunteered to pick up trash along a two-mile strip of roadway in Southern Columbia.
Officers for 2013-2014: Tyler Lacy, president; James Clynes, vice president; Aaron Begley, treasurer; Javier Blandon, secretary; Virginia Trauth, editor; Paige Martz, marshall.