Innovative Concrete Canoe Team Places Second at Nationals

June 23, 2015

Cal Poly’s Concrete Canoe team won the Innovation Award and earned second place overall at the National Concrete Canoe Competition, held June 20-22 at the Clemson University in Clemson, S.C. This marks the 10th consecutive year that Cal Poly has placed in the top five at the event referred to as the “America’s Cup of Civil Engineering.”

The 28th annual competition, sponsored by the ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers), drew 22 teams from some of the top engineering schools in the U.S. and Canada. Overall rankings were based on team scores in four categories: design paper, oral presentation, final product and race performance. The University of Florida won best overall.

Cal Poly performed strongly in both the academic and athletic arenas, placing second in overall race points, second for its design paper and third for its oral presentation.

Team members include project manager Jessica Leyva (Upland, Calif.); mix design captains Joshua Core (Boron, Calif.), Julie Hendrick (Santa Maria, Calif.) and Brandon McCormick (Beaverton, Ore.); and construction captains Brett Diener (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Tim Forrest (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Dayna Scott (San Luis Obispo, Calif.). Faculty advisors are Garrett Hall and Eric Kasper.

This was Cal Poly’s 16th trip to the national competition, including three back-to-back national titles in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The National Concrete Canoe Competition is designed as an opportunity for civil engineering students to gain hands-on, practical experience in project management and working with concrete mix designs. The event also builds public and industry awareness of the versatility and durability of concrete as a construction material.

“It's exciting to see the next generation of civil engineers demonstrate such impressive teamwork, leadership, creativity and ingenuity as they embrace this challenge,” said Mark Woodson, president-elect of ASCE.

2015 final rankings:

Overall
1.    University of Florida
2.    Cal Poly
3.    UC Berkeley
4.    École de technologie supérieure
5.    Clemson University 

Oral Presentation
1.    UC Berkeley
2.    University of Florida
3.    Cal Poly
4.    Michigan Technological University 
5.    UCLA

Design Paper
1.    UC Berkeley
2.    Cal Poly
3.    Clemson University
4.    University of Florida
5.    University of Washington

Final Product  
1.    Clemson University
2.    University of Nevada - Reno
3.    University of Massachusetts Lowell
4.    Fairmont State University
5.    École de technologie supérieure 

Innovation Award
Cal Poly

Spirit of the Competition
UC Berkeley

Men's Endurance Race  
1.    University of Nevada - Reno
2.    University of Florida
3.    Cal Poly
4.    UCLA
5.    École de technologie supérieure 

Women's Endurance Race  
1.    University of Nevada - Reno
2.    École de technologie supérieure
3.    University of Florida
4.    Cal Poly
5.    University of Massachusetts Lowell 

Men's Sprint Race  
1.    University of Nevada - Reno
2.    Cal Poly
3.    École de technologie supérieure 
4.    Clemson University
5.    New Mexico State University 

Women's Sprint Race  
1.    University of Nevada - Reno
2.    École de technologie supérieure 
3.    Cal Poly
4.    University of Wisconsin - Madison
5.    Clemson University  

Co-Ed Sprint Race  
1.    University of Florida
2.    University of Nevada - Reno
3.    Cal Poly
4.    UCLA
5.    University of Wisconsin – Madison

Related link: http://www.asce.org/concrete-canoe-results/

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