Our UMKC Steel Roos are back home from the Mid-Continent Conference 2016 ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition hosted by Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, MO April 21-23, 2016. Competition was fierce and the competition rules made if difficult to build a light, strong, fast bridge, which could withstand the complicated loading. Because of this a high number of bridges were disqualified during the construction and lateral testing. Dr. Jerry Richardson, faculty co-advisor to the team reported in regard to loading, “with about half the weight on the bridge (see picture) the bridge started deforming laterally, (even though vertically there was hardly any deflection). The lateral deflection exceeded maximum and the bridge was disqualified.” A big blow to being able to place in the competition but not to the team’s spirit.
Says Dr. Richardson, “The UMKC team had effectively executed a unique construction plan in less than 23 minutes with 5 builders. This was much better than most all the schools competing this year. With time penalties for dropped bolts the adjusted construction time was 29 min-16 seconds. The net weight of the bridge was an impressive 212 lbs, however there were some minor geometric infractions that added 100 lbs to the total weight of the bridge and the bridge performed flawlessly on lateral deflection. All in all our team did very well. Many of the bridges were disqualified before loading, and one school’s bridge actually collapsed during loading.” The UMKC Steel Bridge team faculty co-advisors are Dr. John Kevern and Dr. Jerry Richardson.
In the team photo from left to right standing are Jose Romo, Jacob Asgian, Joshua Oathout, James Cobb, Andrew Ramsey, Jonathan Cooksey, Spencer Sinkhorn and Paige Norris. In the bridge is Katie Gonzagowski and Bryce Coulter. Reclining is Evan Johns. Team member Jacob Muller not shown.
This year a total of 14 teams participated, results are not yet posted but we do know that UMKC did not place this year.
Mid- Continent Engineering schools
University of Kansas
Southern Illinois University –Edwardsville
Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
University of Nebraska Lincoln
University of Missouri Columbia
University of Missouri Kansas City
University of Oklahoma
University of Nebraska Omaha
University of Arkansas
Oklahoma State University Industrial Technology
Invited not conference guest: Vanderbilt