Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Bros and Sisters

Keep the faith, Rules before you know it...July is pretty much here.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Comprehensive Regional Scores

Thank you Mr. Quimby and Co. Get your full list of Regional Scores here.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tiger Pride

LSU - 2009 College World Series Champions

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Didnt' get 'em earlier...

...but the Miners at Missouri S&T, had a funky little arch/stack sorta Bridge in the Mid-Con... will only say this once...ARCHES ARE SHIT WITHOUT RIGID ABUTMENTS...so if you're Bridge is freestanding and has no real moment resistance at the pier supports, it will bend and dip all over the place. TENSION ONLY, and even then...maybe!!!

Link 1
Link 2

...and what d'ya know, they failed vertical deflection...shockuh!!! Learn and be better next season Miners...Ole' Rolla used to be a kickass Team, bring it back!!!






Lookin' a bit like 2002 Clemson in style!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

2 nil!

DON'T TREAD ON ME!

USA OVER SPAIN 2-0...WILL PROBABLY FACE BRAZIL IN THE CONFEDERATION CUP FINAL!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Les Verticales

Couldn't help but notice, and it may be that it has been repeated, but all Top 3 finishes this year from Vegas had vertical chords in their Bridges...typically it's a useless chord, but with certain loading scenarios and member configurations it defintely serves a good purpose. Could be on a multi-vertical rigid frame ala Cal in 2008, or in a strategic location on an underslung like SUNY Canton, NDSU and Lakehead in 2009. Food for thought.

Monday, June 22, 2009

We Are the Champions!!!

Seattle, ha! (well, not really)



From the Rebel Yell...

Another article that was previously missed, but it has still managed to find the blog!







Rebel, Rebel, UNLV's student newspaper Linkous Hiither

Um...Must've Missed It...

A NSSBC Blog from Michigan...sorry to add it so late Wolverines!

http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/SteelBridge/

Sunday, June 21, 2009

You in Love?

UNLV has pics up on the main page finalamente aquizy



For the record, this is a much better set of pics than the official AISC photographer.

Blog to Blog

One Miss Laura Meiers from Bentley has a great write up on the NSSBC herey.

Been plenty o' treading lately...

While the Americans have been getting their ass kicked in South Africa...they have a chance to salvage their trip against Egypt today in Rustenburg. USA!!!



Saturday, June 20, 2009

A Hokie is just a Hokie

...4th Overall ain't too shabby Hokadokes!!!

Virginia Tech rules the South hithey

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Last 9 Years...

From a Mid-Pac point of view, hosting, until recently, has only been done by an ASCE Student Chapter with strong conviction...now, nobody is getting out of it.

2001 - UC Davis
2002 - San Jose State
2003 - Fresno State
2004 - Nevada Reno
2005 - Big Sac
2006 - Cal
2007 - San Jose State/Santa Clara
2008 - UC Davis
2009 - Nevada Reno
2010 - Chico...

There's no hiding it now, if the wee, yet extremely enthusiastic, ASCE Student Chapter at Fresno State can host, it's time for the other "smaller" chapters to ante up and take on the responsibility. San Francisco State, Stanford, Pacific, Humboldt...you're next!















Has Regional hosting been an issue for you? Have schools limped their way out of it 'cause they don't have the stomach to host the big Annual...thoughts please.

Also, which port are ye headed to next Spring???

Thursday, June 18, 2009

SBT = Steel Bridge Tattoo

Anybody have any Steel Bridge related ink?...or is your humble narrator gonna be the first!?!?

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just Because

G/D @ Shoreline





San Luis Obispo or West Lafayette?

Okay, SLO friggin' sacked up and got the NCCC at one of the prime locations in all of California. Right by the coast near Pismo, a first class civil engineering program, awesome food, hot chicks all over the place, hot guys all over the place, about an hour from some of the best Pinot Noir country in the world...we've got to head to...Indiana. What, is Chicago too busy?
















Purdue, you better be so damn first class all the way!!! You better be the most hospitable motherfuckas in the world, so that come that Sunday, NOBODY wants to leave, they just want to stay and have more fun. Also, and this is a MUST, there better be an open bar at the banquet, Cal State Northridge style (minus the drunk San Francisco State guys in the back making fun of a Cal Team that kicked their ass). Okay, the specifications have been set Boilermakers...what you lack on coastal beauty you better make up for in hospitality, brew, broads, parties and energy.






ALL
NSSBC
WEEKEND
LONG

Mid-Pac Tops Overall in Alabama NCCC 2009

Probably a little late, but congrats to Cal for taking the 2009 NCCC Championship...5th Title, and first since 1992!!! It has been too long Bears. Also congratulations to ETS and Cal Poly SLO for their 2nd and 3rd Place finishes (no, respectively is the lamest word in the English dictionary). The Gators took 4th and the Wolfpack finished 5th Overall.

We've also received word that beautiful
San Luis Obispo, California
is the destination for NCCC 2010. Sweet!!!














Lots o' Links Below:

http://www.asce.org/pressroom/news/display_press.cfm?uid=4553
http://content.asce.org/conferences/nccc2009/
http://concretecanoe.org/
http://www.ce.berkeley.edu/news/view.php?item=265
















'Bama is Bear Area Bitches!!!

(it also seems clear Cal hasn't voted on the Team size thingy...)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Degrees in a Bad Economy

...just remember Alex and Leti, your degree is gold, you are set for life!!!

CONGRATULATIONS!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Comment Question #1

Okay, to encourage viewer-wide commentation...here's one y'all can comment on as you see fit (I'm leaving this post up until I get at least 3 comments of worth)...

Top 10 Biggest Differences Between Regionals and the National Competition (for those who attended or made it to Las Vegas of course)

10. ???
9. ???
8. ???
7. ???
6. ???
5. ???
4. ???
3. ???
2. ???
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(you can do it, I know you can...)

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Tube and Doob

Get that Video up!!! If you don't have any and want it up on YouTube, email AI2010, we may have footage of you from Vegas.

RadiCAL gets Radi5TH

Blurbage here from Cal CE Homepage. Great Job Bears, looking forward to the showdown in Chico!

Bearlink Heeere

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Take me back to a time...

...when music had heart.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Comments People

I love to hear what's on your mind!

HOMIES!!!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

All the best from the Northwest

Seattle's trip into the heart of the Devil's Desert.

Trippy

I was born...

...in a world of light!!! Aggieland comes through again. Great performance by Texas A & M.

Raht Heuh!!!

Miners Mine Their Way to Vegas

Digging and digging for four years, New Mexico Tech brings the pain at UNLV.

Linky Dinky Heeerie

The Wait is on...

Waiting for the Rules sucks, however it's always a good time to catch up on the neglected things...i.e. homework and finals, sleep, making $$$, and following your favorite bands...



Social D is touring in Europe right now...the crowds suck but the music's phenomenal.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

The big Y

Youngstown State gets down at ThoMack.

More on the Knights

Perhaps I should add UCF's Temporary Tower of Babylon to the cool tool list. KNIGHT LINK

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Clemson Assembly

...at Las Vegas. Sweet! Actually managed to miss the Clemson Tigers, not now!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Lebron worse than Akron

Full Zippo Report Hieeeere

Right Up the Wazzou!!!

6th at Nats, out of nowhere...awesome Cougs.

Zou Here




Also, check out the Report from Cougarland Here

Poly Pics

CP SLO has got a pictorial set showcasing the PSWRC in Manoa last spring. Go 'Stangs!

Poly Plug here







these Pumas were made for walkin'

Monday, June 1, 2009

2009 NSSBC AWARDS

Ohhhhhhhhhhhh dudes and dudettes, still feels like the recovery is on after Vegas. What a town, it don't sleep, it don't stop, and the neon just keeps blasting inside and outside! Too much fun for words, it has to be experienced...and that experience has to stay in Vegas you know, so let's just end it there! BUT, I will say thanks to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels for an outstanding hosting job, congrats on the exposure to UNLV Civil Engineering, and of course, thank you for all your hard work!!!

Okay, so, I'll keep this short and sweet 'cause I only got one day in of the NSSBC, because some people are lucky enough to be working their butt off for a paycheck...and sooooooooooooo...

AWARDS OF CONQUEST ... "I own you bitches!"

1st Place Overall - SUNY Canton
About freakin' time you guys. What, haven't you had like 37 trips to the Top 10 or something??? Finally, y'all went balls out with the speed, and it pushed you over the top!!! Awesome stuff once again from the New York Roos, and now they got the goods to show for it. Enjoy the glory fellas, it was well deserved, and enjoyed the immense enthusiasm from the whole Canton faithful.

2nd Place Overall - NDSU
They'll probably say they came up short, but sometimes shit happens, and for the Bison, some shit hit the fan during their run. However...when you mess up a bit, and are still only behind ONE Team throughout the entire nations, it says you're doing just about everything right. What's this word about super primo steel for the ultra-efficient design??? Is this true, or does the legend of Bison Bridge know no bounds? Ha ha, regardless, another super solid working on the Efficiency score for the 5 time NSSBC Champs, and a gutsy 3 member build crew obviously had enough to take it all. These guys will be primed for a run at Purdue no doubt...and, no floods, and, no hosting the Mid-West, so imagine all the time they'll have on their hands hanging in Fargo!!!

3rd Place Overall - Lakehead
What's going on eh? Speeeeeed Rock! Greasy, fast, lightnin' speed! Again, banking on their incredible economy, the Thunderwolves had enough to crack the Top 3. It feels like it has been a while since Lakehead was on the NSSBC Overall podium, but their presence has always been strong at Nats. With a no nonsense run of quick connections, perfect timing, and steady hands...not to mention a damn decent efficiency, our neighbors outta Ontario once again showed us how it's done. Congratulaciones!!!

Happenings of an Odd Nature "Like avocados..."

1. One can gamble any time, any day, just about anywhere at any level of adrenaline, it's remarkable...that and the money lost, it's pure genius whoever thought of gambling (devil).

2. How many hoes does it take to screw in a light bulb...well, judging by the amount of blinky, blink, blink in Vegas...CLOSE TO 20 BILLION, geez if the skirt's gonna be that short just find a pole and get paid for it.

3. Thomas & Mack Center...rotate your playlist once every couple of hours.

4. The Rebels are on the Rise!!! (watch them get beat by Sac State next fall)

5. Indian Gaming money buys some nice Arena. At that rate a Paiute should be on the damn basketball team at UNLV.

6. The neverending margaritas downtown double as a weapon.

7. Nick working the pole outside of New York, New York was worth the bolt tab coming off, though if it had stayed on, I think we'd have seen more skin!

8. I think From Dusk 'til Dawn got their biker bar inspiration at Diablo's Cantina.

9. Lucky Larry's got a lot o' Lobstuhs!!!

10. Again, stiffness boost needed??? Go to Nats, geez, no wonder the Bison keep it light! haha

Best Tools and Assembly Techniques
Give it up for Leopard Magneto, loved those magnets to hold the bolts, a step up from the sticky forearms at Northridge...Nice Lafayette! The LL's also sported a thrifty 3 person crew, just like UMKC and NDSU, really, really working it. There were a bunch of cool sequences, but had to say the Texas A&M method was rather unique, piers last is, uh, yeah a fun and different way to build your bridge, it was really cool to watch, haven't seen anything that radical since U$C in 2005. With barges being loaded up in there, we didn't see too many outrageous tools, some nice pier placements though. The pier on lateral was great by Cal, in fact, their sequence was a wonderful choreography to watch...damn time and a half sent them under, but they were good. The shear fluidity of Lakehead was a stunner, so smooth, and some groovy counterweights. Big Props also to Akron and UC Denver for working their chordius designs so quickly.

Cleanest Fabrication
Hawai'i Manoa
ÉTS
UC Denver
NDSU
Lakehead
Cal
New Orleans

UMKC
Old Dominion

Best Spirit
Illest...UCSD
Hawai'i
NJIT
Akron
Texas Tech (Guns Up!)



















Mileage Award
Hawai'i Manoa
SUNY Canton

Shiniest Bridge Award
NDSU

Best Decks
Cal
NDSU
Lafayette
ÉTS
SUNY Canton
UC Davis
Va Tech
Wazzou

Something New Award
New Orleans (functional arch)
Lafayette (magnetized bolt sleeves)
Cal, Wazzou, and UMKC (Space Compression Chords)
Central Florida (Spread Planar Chords)
NDSU (Spread Planar Compression/Lateral Flange)

Old School Trickster Award
UC Denver and their Holes-a-Plenty

DOH! Award
UC Davis
Cal
Georgia Tech
ÉTS (run it twice!)
Fairmont State

Best Paint
Hawai'i Manoa
ÉTS
Drexel

Most Missed
Florida
Southern Poly
The Alaskans

Best Shirts
UCSD

Funnest Assembly Sequences to Watch
Texas A & M
Cal
Lafayette
SUNY Canton

Best Newcomers
Washington State
UC Denver
Université Laval

Biggest Improvement from 2008
Hawai'i Manoa (11th from 27th in 2008)

MUCHAS CHICAS AWARD
M.I.T.
UCSD

BEST OF THE WEST
Cal

BEST OF THE EAST
SUNY Canton

BEST OF THE CENTRAL
North Dakota State

BEST OF THE SOUTH
Virginia Tech

BEST INTERNATIONAL
Lakehead

BIGGEST HEARTBREAK
UC Davis

BEST STEEL BRIDGE CONFERENCES OVERALL
1. Midwest (2 + 3)/2 = 2.5
2. Mid-Pacific (5+8)/2 = 6.5
3. Upstate New York (1+20)/2 = 10.5
4. Mid-Atlantic (7+29)/2 = 18
5. Pacific Northwest (6+15+38)/3 = 19.7

ENGINEERING HOTTIE AWARD
Texas A&M
UCSD
M.I.T.

SAUSAGE FACTORY AWARD
The Entire Top 3 Overall...friggin' gueros taking over the NSSBC!!! lol

MOST LIKELY TO KICK ASS NEXT YEAR

...this is now a lot like betting on who will improve, who will come back, who will falter after a strong year and who will repeat, also depends on the Bridge Type Selection, travel etc. etc. so here goes...(Ten max by the way)

NDSU
Cal
SUNY Canton
UC Davis
Seattle
Florida
Southern Poly
Michigan
Akron
Wisconsin

BIG UPS TO THE 2009 COMPETITORS

YOU'RE WHAT THIS THING IS ALL ABOUT.

SEE YOU IN BOILERMAKER COUNTRY NEXT MAY!