GSU Students Excel in Bridge Building Competition on Tight Budget

GSU Civil Engineering Students Compete in Regional with a Little Help from Their Friends.

The Georgia Southern University (GSU) student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) made a strong showing in the 2009 ?Steel Bridge Competitive Event? held during the ASCE Southeast Regional Spring Conference, hosted by Vanderbilt University from March 26-28. Using donated materials and equipment from sponsoring companies the team was able to beat out the three largest schools who spent thousands of dollars on their entries.

Although the GSU team did not win the event, its bridge passed the difficult lateral load test with an impressive deflection of only 1 1/16 inches. The rules allowed for a maximum total vertical deflection of 2 inches with a 2,500 pound load. In spite large budgets, the bridges of the three largest schools in the competition failed. GSU created its bridge with donated materials and spent only $60 on welding supplies.

Thomas Brown, chapter president remarked, ?Our bridge ended up being less than 1/8th of an inch off in length, which pretty much knocked us out of placing in the top three? I was proud of our school for designing and fabricating our bridge.?

GSU?s team members are Charles Lieble, Charles Kirksey, Richard Towns, and Thomas Brown. GSU faculty member, Scott McKinley , supervised the fabrication of the bridge in the school?s manufacturing lab. Wayne Brothers, Inc. donated personal protective equipment, hard hats and safety glasses in particular, to the team. SteelFab of Dublin donated the steel and Dixie Industrial zinc coated the bridge, making it one of the sharpest looking of the competition.

Congratulations to the GSU Bridge Team for its impressive construction.

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