Building with steel, concrete and canned goods

It’s building season for the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). With the Rocky Mountain Conference fast approaching, civil engineering students are gearing up for the main events: 'canstruction,' the concrete canoe challenge and the steel bridge competition.

The Rocky Mountain Conference (RMC) is a student conference that includes design competitions as well as technical paper presentations. This year, RMC will take place at Utah State University on April 4-6.

“BYU generally places very well at RMC,” said Bryce Anderson, a senior in Civil and Environmental Engineering. “Last year we placed third overall, and we again expect to place well.”

The first event is the canstruction competition, in which students construct a model using canned foods. This year, the BYU team will build a replica of the Provo Tabernacle. All of the cans will be donated to a local food bank in Logan, Utah after the competition.

Last year, the BYU Steel Bridge team won first place at the RMC and went on the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in South Carolina.


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