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March 12: ASCE/AISC Midwest Conference Steel Bridge Competition

Teams will vie to move on to national competition.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 3-4-2016

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato will host the 2016 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)/American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) Midwest Conference Steel Bridge Competition from Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12.

The competition portion of the conference, free and open to the public, will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 in Myers Field House. During that event, student chapters of the ASCE from 11 institutions will compete by assembling pre-fabricated parts of a bridge model and loading them with 2,500 pounds of steel. The bridges will then be judged with a load test to examine their ability to hold weight.

It will be the first time since 2007 that Minnesota State Mankato has been host for the conference-level competition.

The Midwest Conference event at Minnesota State Mankato is one of 18 conference competitions that will be held nationally in March and April. Student teams at each conference event held throughout the nation will be competing for the opportunity to advance to the 2016 National Student Steel Bridge Competition, to be held May 27-28 at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

The schedule for the March 12 Midwest Conference competition at Minnesota State Mankato is as follows:

  • 7-8 a.m. Bridge set-up
  • 8-9 a.m. Display judging
  • 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Construction and loading (12-1 p.m. lunch)
  • Awards after construction and loading

Colleges and universities participating in the competition include Minnesota State Mankato; the University of Minnesota; Dordt College (Sioux Center, Iowa); the University of Iowa; Iowa State University; UW – Platteville; Lakehead University (Thunder Bay, Ontario); the University of Manitoba; South Dakota State University; North Dakota State University; and the University of North Dakota.

For more information, please contact Amy Thu Nguyen, a student at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-327-3028 or by email at

The event hosts include Minnesota State Mankato student ASCE members and the Department of Mechanical & Civil Engineering, which is part of the University's College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,193 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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