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April 16, 2003
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Tech Takes First Place In Concrete Canoe Competition
The South Dakota School of Mines and Technology took first place overall and won the concrete canoe competition at the 2003 American Society of Civil Engineers Rocky Mountain Regional Conference held recently in Logan, Utah.
Tech has won the regional canoe competition 14 of the past 16 years. The canoe win qualifies the team for the national Concrete Canoe competition, scheduled for June at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. There, Tech will compete against more than 20 teams from universities with the best engineering programs in the country.
The team’s concrete canoe was judged on appearance, weight, presentation and sprint and endurance races for men, women and co-ed squads.
Besides the canoe competition in Logan, the Tech team competed with design papers, a steel bridge, a pre-design and mystery design. The team finished first overall after scores for all the competitions were combined. Here’s how the team placed in each portion of the competition:
Concrete Canoe: 1st place
Technical Paper: 5th place
Pre-Design: 3rd place
Mystery Design: 50 participation points
Steel Bridge: 6th place
Non Technical Paper: 5th place
Tech’s student American Society of Civil Engineers chapter has a strong tradition of designing and racing concrete canoes. Tech teams finished in the top five in nationals five times, and won the national championship in 1995.
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Chair/Hull Design Chair
Dr. Marion Hansen
Professor, Civil Engineering
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