UC San Diego’s Steel Bridge team competes every year in the National Student Steel Bridge Competition hosted by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The competition challenges students to design, fabricate, and construct a scaled model bridge that stays competitive in lightweightness, stiffness, and construction speed.
The bridge must be stiff and strong enough to pass vertical and lateral load tests, while being lightweight and easy to construct quickly. During fall quarter, team members apply the knowledge learned in class and from experienced students to design the bridge using AutoCAD, SAP2000, and SolidWorks. During winter quarter, team members fabricate the bridge at the Campus Research Machine Shop (CRMS). Once fabrication is complete, a construction team practices constructing the bridge in a minimal construction time.
The team competes against 17 other schools in the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC). At PSWC, each team is judged in various categories: aesthetics, weight, timed construction, and other categories. The top teams move on to the national competition where they compete against the other regional winners.
2016-2017 Steel Bridge Leads: