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Steel Bridge Design Team

The Steel Bridge Design Team builds a 1:10 scaled steel bridge for the Regional competition in April with given rules and parameters from ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) and AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction).

Group shot of the Steel Bridge Team doing the VT handsign.

What is ASCE Steel Bridge?

The Steel Bridge Design Team at Virginia Tech is tasked with designing and fabricating a 1/10th scale steel bridge with criteria including construction time, deflection, aesthetics, and economy. The Steel Bridge Design Team is a hands-on student-led design team whose goal is to gain design experience while learning new engineering skills.

In April, they compete in the ASCE Virginias Student Symposium Regional Competition in hopes to qualify for the National Student Steel Bridge Competition, in which the top teams in North America compete. To prepare for competition, they spend the Fall semester utilizing multiple software programs such as SAP 2000 and AutoCAD to design and optimize their bridge. During the spring semester, the team begins prototyping, testing, and fabricating their bridge which consists of creating connections, cutting steel, welding, and practicing construction.

Steel Bridge Team building their bridge in competition.
Steel Bridge Team poses for a group shot in a classroom.
Steel Bridge Team poses for a group shot outside sitting on their bridge.
Steel Bridge Team with the Hokiebird.

Who can join? 

We welcome anyone to join our team.

Recent Awards

In April of 2022, the team competed in the Virginia's Conference at Virginia Military Institute taking First Place in every category, including First Place Overall. In June of 2022, they competed at the National Competition and hosted it at Virginia Tech. They placed 19th overall out of 34 as well as Top 10 in Construction Speed.

Fast Facts

Team size: About 20 members
Department Afiliation: Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Workshop: Ware Lab

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