ACI Announces Winners of Student Concrete Construction Competition
Students present solutions to open-ended concrete construction question
By Sara Steptoe
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) has announced the winners of its 2011 Student Concrete Construction Competition. This competition is also sponsored by the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC).
The competition, which is open to undergraduate students, presents a project statement to each participating team. The project can comprise anything that a Project Manager or Field Engineer may face on a concrete construction project. The teams, which can have up to five members, have one week to submit a solution to the project statement. Responses are judged on the basis of clarity, technical quality, and economy.
This year, the teams were asked to provide a plan for controlling cracks in the overlay and deck placements for a bridge deck replacement project in Jacksonville, Fla. They were given specific details, such as specific bridge measurements, environmental characteristics, and concrete mix designs to work with. Specifically, teams were asked to provide what preventative measures should be taken before, during, and after concrete placement and any equipment that would be needed to enable the execution of the suggestions.
The final entries were reviewed by a panel of judges from ACI's Construction Liaison Committee. The judges included Luke Snell of Western Technologies, Inc., Charles Nmai of BASF, John Gibbons of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, Charles Hanskat of Concrete Engineering Group, and Thomas Malerk of the Florida Department of Transportation.
First Place - Middle Tennessee University: Matt Petree, Brandon Cornwell, Greg Schamberg, and Joe Evers.
Second Place - Greenville Technical College: Brett Hahulski, Joe Redenz, Thomas Kraus, Steve Humphries, and Gloria Scott.
Third Place - Arizona State University: Alexander Bertheau, Morgan Spears, Ashley Bagley, and Patrick Tarkowski.
The first, second, and third place teams received cash awards of $300, $200, and $100, respectively. The winning teams were invited to the ACI Spring 2011 Convention in Tampa, Fla., April 3-7, and presented their solutions to the ACI's Construction Liaison Committee.
About the Author
Sara Steptoe is the Marketing Communications Specialist for the American Concrete Institute.