Since 1998, students from Lakehead's Department of Civil Engineering have participated in the Midwest Region U.S. Student Steel Bridge Competition each year.
In fifteen of the seventeen years the Lakehead team has placed either first or second in the Mid-West Regional Competition and has qualified for an invitation to the U.S. National Student Steel Bridge Competition. In more than half of the National competitions the Lakehead Team has placed in the top ten overall at the National level out of about 50 qualifying universities. In 2010 the team placed third, in 2002 the ranking was second and in 2011 the team won the U.S. National Competition.
Lakehead University will be hosting the Midwest Region Conference and Steel Bridge Competition in Thunder Bay this March -- the first time that the Midwest Region Conference and Competition has been held outside the USA. There are ten universities participating in the conference, eight from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin plus, from Canada, University of Manitoba and ourselves.
Members of the public are invited to watch the Steel Bridge Competition.
The bridges are scored based on construction time (in person minutes) plus construction penalties if applicable, on lightness and on vertical stiffness under the applied load. The final score is then calculated based on structural economy - construction time and bridge weight (time and materials in a real structure), and on structural efficiency (the optimum combination of bridge weight and vertical stiffness).
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 8 am to 3 pm
Location: Lakehead University CJ Sanders Fieldhouse
Parking: Free in Fieldhouse Lot 1