Thursday, December 5, 2013


Former A&M Aggie Steel Bridger Mike Wilson rocked an 84 on his PE exam and now has the stamp!

Way to go Mike!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tex Mex 2014

Looks like they're going to get down in Arlington this season.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Aka, Design Time...

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

More to Come

Your Humble Narrator has been exceptionally busy.  Give it a week, and the feed will remain live and raw.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Here We Go...

Akron recruiting tool...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Monday, August 19, 2013

Friday, August 16, 2013

War Eagle

Auburn constructs at 2013 Southeast Regional

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Monday, August 5, 2013

Countdown to ?

This one goes out to José Cheema Fuster Gó of the original Chrome Ollie seeds...he's probably sipping a cocktail down in Alicante right now...lucky punk...

Thursday, August 1, 2013

August... up on us.

Saturday, July 27, 2013


The Miners put in final Construction for 2013

Friday, July 19, 2013


Steal-A-Bridge Consulting

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wisconsin Goes Facebook

Badger Bridge Found Hither: Linkforward!

That moniker sounds a little risque...

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

East Span Review

Quite a list, but what do you expect with a first of its kind (in scale) project.


UIC @ Trine Last Spring

Great Lakes Conference 2013 footage:

Monday, July 15, 2013


Mid-July, no 2014 Rules yet, hang in there kids...

Friday, July 12, 2013

50,000 Page Views

Passed that this week.  Thank you everybody.  Not for reading, but for putting in the work on your Bridges and making the annual Feier von Stahlbrücken a growing success.

Thanks for reading too though.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Collaboration Metallurgy Fail!

Mercury Reports

Terps on the Rise

Maryland has slowly been piecing it together over the past 4 seasons and should be poised to do some 2014 damage coming out of the Mid-Atlantic.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Lakehead Sum Up

10th Overall for the 2013 Thunderwolves

Lakehead University’s Civil Engineering students placed in the top 10 at the 2013 National Student Steel Bridge Competition at Seattle’s University of Washington.

The Lakehead team was one of 49 universities and colleges at the invitation-only competition. Lakehead’s five-member team was invited in March after winning the Mid-West Regional Competition at Iowa State University.

“The steel bridge competition provides students with real engineering experience: planning and design, team work, essential problem solving skills and the opportunity to compete against other schools from Canada, the US and Mexico,” said Raquel Almeida, one of the students on the team.

“Thank you to everyone who supported us through the years. Without their help we wouldn’t have been able to represent Lakehead University and Thunder Bay,” she said.

The team improved their construction time significantly for the national competition, from 49 builder-minutes to 29 builder-minutes.

Faculty Advisor Dr. Tony Gillies said he was impressed with how hard the students worked in the national competition. “They fared extremely well. These students applied their knowledge and their abilities in a very challenging competition and for that they should be proud,” he said.

Lakehead President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Brian Stevenson, congratulated the students on their accomplishment. “We know our graduates leave Lakehead with a top notch education – these students are letting the rest of North America and the world know that, too,” Dr. Stevenson said.

The Lakehead Team is grateful for the many sponsors that made their participation possible, including local unions, consultants, contractors and material suppliers from Thunder Bay and across Canada and the United States.

The team is comprised of Raquel Almeida, Natalie Scalese, Cody Johnston, Randy Roth and Joe Anger with Faculty Advisor Dr. Tony Gillies and technologist support from Conrad Hagstrom and Kailash Bahtia.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Bay Bridge - SAS East Span Latest...

Looks like the bolts that suffered hydrogen embrittlement symptoms and sheared were limited, however, a decision on how to move forward should be given on Monday.


Before You Know It...

...a little under 11 months all goes down.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A Declaration

Happy 4th of July Everybody

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

2nd Amendment

Common Sense and Sound Judgment Will Prevail...

Happy Hump Day

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Brave Souls

"I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God." - US Armed Forces Oath of Enlistment

"I have seen the strength of America in the inexhaustible resources of our people ... Working together with our common faith we cannot fail." - Jimmy Carter

San Diego State @ PSWC

The Aztecs give a little summation of their experience at the 2013 PSWC in Los Angeles.

Happy Tuesday


Sunday, June 30, 2013

Friday, June 28, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Congrats UCLA!

2013 College World Series Champions


10-0 in the 2013 post-season, unreal

News From Skagit County, WA

Link to the new Bridge

Marshall Invades the Northwest

They Are Marshall...and Your Humble Narrator has a feeling the Herd will be back for Akron in 2014.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Congrats to ÉTS

2013 National Concrete Canoe Competition Champions

2nd - University of Nevada, Reno
3rd - University of Florida
4th - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
5th - Utah State University
6th - UMass Lowell
7th - Michigan Tech
8th - CSU Sacramento (that makes 4 Top 10's for MidPac in 2013, Cal 1st NSSBC, UC Davis 3rd NSSBC, Nevada 2nd NCCC, Big Sac 8th NCCC --- I HOPE SOMEBODY OUT THERE IS RINGING THE SPIRIT BELL)

Final NCCC Scores

Photo courtesy of

One Video To Rule Them All

combat roll at 2:49...

Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Boiler Was Made

Purdue run, 2013 NSSBC @ Seattle, WA

(11th in NSSBC Economy)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

It's Summertime

Internships, new jobs, carrying on old jobs, summer school, Steel Bridge research and preparation for 2013-2014...whatever the challenges this Indian Summer, rise to them and have a great time doing it!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Monday, June 17, 2013

Good Article on Cal

...except for the 2012 picture, but that was a National Champion Bridge too.


Cornell Regional Run

Not sure if this is a repost, but here is Cornell rocking the single beam at the 2013 Upstate NY Regional.  The UNYR also featured regional qualifier SUNY Canton (21st Overall - 2013 NSSBC).

Thursday, June 13, 2013

UTEP Steel Bridge / ASCE on Facebook

You'll find all the latest on the Miners right hither!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

National Champions Breakdown

#NC's = 7 (North Dakota State - 6, Lakehead - 1)

#NC's = 6 (Cal - 3, UC Davis - 1, Nevada - 1, CSU Chico - 1)

North Central:
#NC's = 2 (Michigan - 1, Michigan State - 1)

Upstate New York:
#NC's = 2 (SUNY Canton - 1, Rennselaer Poly. - 1

Pacific Northwest:
#NC's = 2 (UA Fairbanks = 1, UA Anchorage = 1)

Southeast Region:
#NC's = 1 (Florida - 1)

#NC's = 1 (Clemson - 1)

Deep South:
#NC's = 1 (Univ. of Southern Louisiana - 1)

A write up of Top 3, Top 5 and Top 10 finishes (since 2001) will be conducted soon.

UF Steel Bridge Now on Facebook

One of THE historical Steel Bridge Teams of the Competition.  The UF Eckhoff Steel Bridge Team has twice hosted the NSSBC, earned a National Championship in 1997 and most recently a strong 2nd Place finish in 2008 behind an inspired Calatrava team from the East Bay.  A history of UF Steel Bridge can be found hither.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 9 for the Bulls

USF continues to dish out quality Bridges.  9th Place Overall, 6th in Lightness and a 9th in Efficiency.


M.I.T. Top 3 Yet Again

The Best Build Team in the Land


Monday, June 10, 2013

Hilltoppers Show Off

4th in Stiffness
5th in Display

WKU flashes some South American flair with a very well finished Bridge (and stiff).


Andrew Jackson approves!  "MONEY!"

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Nanook Performance

The University of Alaska Fairbanks showed off their design and fabrication skills in Seattle with 3rd Place finishes in Stiffness and Efficiency.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Ags Land Some Hardware

Another Top 3 finish for UC Davis.

1st Place Construction Speed
2nd Place Lightness
3rd Place Overall ($$$)


Friday, June 7, 2013

UA Set to Host 2014 NSSBC

From the University of Akron College of Engineering:

The privilege to host the national event coincides with the College of Engineering's celebration of 100 years of engineering education.


Buffalo Grabs 11th

Steadily Improving...reminds me of M.I.T. a few years back, just gotta stick with it.


Thursday, June 6, 2013

Paul and Dennis

Long-Time SUNY Canton Steel Bridge Team Advisers Paul D. Hitchman and Dennis E. Tuper receive recognition for their dedication!  Congrats guys!


Parris, Chang and Reynolds

The Cougs weigh in on their Nationals experience in-state up in Seattle.


Three men and a dream!  We see you working Cougs!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Iowa State rocks a Top 5 spot, another Team best!  Way to go!


BYU National Run

Cougars in Seattle, no not those Pullman ones.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Seattle Times Write Up (Pre-Comp)

Timely Indeed:  Linkadoogle

Cal On Top

Dare one say it...they could make it Three in a Row unless some Team steps up to the challenge.



Best Year Yet for the NJIT Highlander Steel Bridge Team, 12th Overall and a low, low deflection...good enough to be called the Stiffest Bridge in the Land.



2013-2014 will include extended coverage and updates...much more vast than in recent years...possibly 2006 or 2007 levels.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Raw Footage

I encourage all those interested to check out this YouTube channel, a lot of old UC Davis and NSSBC footage from years past (starting from way back in 2005).  Please, don't hold any ill-will to any former UC Davis members as some of this is candid stuff, lol.  Surely there is plenty of respect across the board for anybody mentioned!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Top 3

1. Cal
2. MIT
3. UC Davis

Super showing for MidPac, and MIT comes close yet again.  Congrats to the Bears on their back-to-back!  That is a very difficult thing to for Davis, good luck with FINALS next week...can't imagine the time pressures and stress they've been under this past projects and mid-terms following Seattle, then final exams after that.


Also, big Congratulations to the University of Akron for landing a hosting spot!  Your Humble Narrator for one, has never even been to that part of the country, so hanging out in the Cuyahoga will be a cool experience!

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Washington State Rolls!

Gooooooooooo Cougs!

Nice Job Everybody

Congrats on the big weekend everybody.  Official awards announcing shortly...feel free to comment heavily...Your Humble Narrator has descended south to Portland to hang out with family as the Washington NSSBC wraps up.

Friday, May 31, 2013

Display Day

Good Luck to the Bold and the Beautiful this afternoon!!!

Paint, Structure, Finish, Poster, Information


Congrats to all the former UC Davis ASCE members and especially those Chrome Ollie alumni who have secured their full PE licenses or at least their partials.  It's a big step forward, and a good move for California to have so many good minds with stamps!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On The Road...

...with Bucky Bridge


NJIT Write Up


Safe Travels

Happy Road Trippin'

Be Safe

Don't Drink and Drive

Friday, May 24, 2013

Georgia Tech Gearing Up


UMass Lowell Write Up

River Hawks ready to rumble: Link

A Bridge into the Future
The steel bridge competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Steel Construction, requires that students design and fabricate a scale model of a steel bridge according to the specifications in the contest’s rule book, and then construct the model on-site during the competition. The bridges are judged based on construction speed and economy, lightness, stiffness and structural efficiency as well as overall performance and poster presentation.
UMass Lowell’s steel girder bridge spans 15 feet, 10½ inches long; 2 feet, 8½ wide and weighs 104 pounds. It can support a load totaling 2,500 pounds. The bridge’s 39 pieces are held together by 66 bolts and, during the regional competition, it took four team members less than10 minutes to build it. 
This year’s steel bridge team is comprised of 19 civil engineering majors — 13 males and six females. 
“We are all really excited and proud to be able to represent the University at the national level,” says senior Ross Gladstone, who is the team’s project manager. “It is a great opportunity for us to see what other top schools are doing around the country.”
Ross says the team is hoping to place in the top 10 among the 49 teams that will be competing.

“We are working to improve our score in Construction Economy category by reducing the number of builders and the construction time,” he says.
UMass Lowell hosted the Northeast regional steel bridge competition in 1997 and will host it again next spring. To see photos of this year’s competition, go to the team's Facebook page. 
“The students deserve the bulk of the credit, and the keywords that help explain their success are ‘continuity’ and ‘student leadership,’ ” says Bruell. “They did not achieve this feat overnight — they have incorporated a series of gradual improvements into their preparation for these competitions, and it has paid off tremendously. We have always had some extraordinary students in our program, and within the last six or seven years, these students decided to focus on these competitions and to compete to win.”

Delaware Getting Ready


SPSU: Top 10 in Country

Link  (4th in Southeast Conference)

NJIT: 8x Metro Champs

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Bossy Cow Cow

The Ags look poised to do some damage in Seattle.  Looking much faster and polished since MidPac.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Congratulations to West Point

When you think your typical day is tough...just remember the young men and women in West Point, NY.

The Steel Bridge Team consisted of Team Captain Seth Bell and Team Members Trevor Knowles, Kyle Kilroy, Rich Austring, Chalermpat Pariya-Ekkasut and Joseph Speight. Tasked with designing an all-steel bridge, the West Point Steel Bridge Team designed and manufactured each piece for constructability and performance in mind. The team was able to construct the bridge in less than 30 minutes under numerous constraints, including limitations on freedom of movement in order to represent building the bridge over a river.