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March 30, 2005
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Team Pours Entry For Big Beam Contest
A team of students at the School of Mines will pour concrete today to create an entry in the Big Beam Contest sponsored by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.
Pouring preparation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in the concrete lab in the Civil/Mechanical Building on campus. The actual pouring begins when the preparation is complete.
The student team had to design the beam to be as strong as possible. The beam cannot be longer than 16 feet, wider than 12 inches or taller than 15 inches. Twenty-eight days after the beam is poured, the team will use specialized equipment to test its strength. The team then reports the test result to the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. The contest allows students to apply classroom theory to a real-world design project, and is one way the School of Mines prepares students for their careers.
In past competitions, School of Mines teams have won more than $5,000 for a scholarship fund.
The School of Mines invites the media to attend the beam pouring to see the results of this engineering challenge.
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