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( January 26, 1998)
SDSM& T SELECTED TO HOST 11TH ANNUAL ASCE/ MBT NATIONAL CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION IN RAPID CITY THIS SUMMER
The American Society of Civil Engineers ( ASCE) and Master Builders, Inc. have selected Rapid City, South Dakota, as the site for the 11TH annual ASCE/ MBT National Concrete Canoe Competition this summer. To be held June 18- 20, 1998, the national competition finals will be hosted by the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology ( SDSM& T). The event is expected to draw 650 people from across the nation to the Black Hills.
Held in a different location each year, the competition brings together innovative engineering students from 25 ASCE Student Chapters at colleges and universities to race canoes they designed and built out of concrete. The competition is designed to teach civil engineering students about project management and the materials they will later use as they build and repair America's infrastructure.
The national finalists are determined in regional run- offs held during the spring when more than 200 colleges and universities participate. Teams in the National Competition challenge each other for $ 9,000 in scholarship prizes donated by Master Builders, Inc. Entries are judged on design papers and oral presentations detailing the canoe's design; construction and materials; and the best times in men's, women's and co- ed sprint and distance canoe races.
Founded in 1852, ASCE represents more than 120,000 civil engineers worldwide and is America's oldest national engineering society. The Society's World Headquarters is in Reston, VA. Master Builders, Inc., founded in 1909, is a leading innovator in the development, manufacturing and marketing of construction chemicals to improve, protect and repair concrete. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, Master Builders, Inc., is part of SKW- MBT Construction Chemicals Group, the largest producer in the construction chemicals marketplace.
Members of South Dakota Tech’s ASCE Student Chapter, as well as several SDSM& T faculty and staff, worked diligently for several months on preparing the bid that succeeded in bringing the National Concrete Competition to the Black Hills. During a site visit to Rapid City a few months ago, representatives of Master Builders and ASCE were very impressed with the local support, hospitality, facilities, and scenic beauty offered by Rapid City and the Black Hills.
SDSM& T has a strong tradition of designing, building and racing concrete canoes. South Dakota Tech’s ASCE Student Chapter has advanced to the ASCE/ MBT National Concrete Competition eight of the past ten years the contest has been held. SDSM& T won the national competition in 1995 and also hosted the Rocky Mountain Regional ASCE Conference last spring.
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