University?s Concrete Canoe Places Eighth in National Competition


University?s Concrete Canoe Places Eighth in National Competition
“Limelite,” the black canoe that rests upon bright green lime wedges, was created by a team of civil engineering students.
Cal Poly Pomona's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Concrete Canoe Team placed eighth in the annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition in Clemson, S.C.

The university's American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Student Concrete Canoe Team hit the water in June to race in the 18th annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition in Clemson, S.C. Competing against 21 other top engineering schools in the nation, Cal Poly Pomona placed eighth based on design, construction, speed and overall performance.

“Basic skills can be taught in the classroom, but ingenuity and creativity must be learned through hands-on application,” says ASCE President William P. Henry. “The bold and innovative thinking these students learn in the competition will provide the foundation they need to design and build the solutions to our global infrastructure needs.”

“Limelite,” the black canoe that rests upon bright green lime wedges, was created by a team of civil engineering students.

In April, the student team earned the 2005 ASCE Pacific Southwest Regional Conference title, qualifying for nationals when the 21-foot racing-caliber canoe not only floated but also skimmed over the water. This is the second year in a row that the team has won the regional competition and placed in the national competition.

The competition gives students the opportunity to experiment with different materials, and to realize the versatility of concrete in meeting challenging design applications, according to competition officials.

Creating a concrete canoe that can actually float is only half the battle. To be competitive, students also have to design a canoe with the right balance of conflicting characteristics for optimum speed, maneuverability, strength and stability.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison placed first in the national competition followed by Clemson University in second.