Whatever Floats Your Boat: 12 Regional Colleges Sink or Skim in Concrete Canoe Competition at UC

UC’s Student Chapter of ASCE is hosting the 2005 Ohio Valley Regional Conference (OVRC) from March 31 through April 2. Approximately 250 students will attend from regional schools in Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania.

Students will spend the three-day conference competing in several events with the hope of advancing to the ASCE National Competitions. This year’s competitions are the Steel Bridge, Concrete Canoe, Concrete Frisbee, Environmental Waste Water, Technical Paper and Surveying. The Concrete Canoe, Concrete Frisbee and Surveying competitions will be Friday, April 1, at A. J. Jolly Park & Golf Course, in Alexandria, Ky. The Steel Bridge, Technical Paper and Waste Water competitions will be Saturday, April 2, on the UC campus.

Steel bridge construction in 2004.

Steel bridge construction in 2004.

Each of these events allows students to apply what they have learned in class in a more entertaining way than in the standard classroom or laboratory setting. In addition to the events, students will be able to network and socialize with each other, as well as faculty and engineering professionals from sponsors such as Baker Concrete Construction, Messer Construction and CHC Fabricating.


Another cat fight is brewing for 2005.

Another cat fight is brewing for 2005.

The 12 universities attending this year’s conference are as follows: Carnegie Mellon University, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati State Technical & Community College, Cleveland State University, Geneva College, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, the Ohio State University, Ohio University, University of Pittsburgh, Western Kentucky University and Youngstown State University.

OSU will hope that buckeyes can float.

OSU will hope that buckeyes can float.


 All of the competitions are free and open to the public.

UC's Canoe in 2004 during the competition.

UC's Canoe in 2004 during the competition.

For more information

Dr. Gian Rassati
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Cincinnati
(513) 556-3696

Event Highlights
Thursday, March 31
4–6 p.m.& Registration                                                4th Floor ERC
5–8:30 p.m.         Career Fair with Dinner                             4th Floor ERC Lobby
6 p.m.                    Opening Ceremony — Dr. Roy Eckart    4th Floor ERC
7–9:20 p.m.          Concrete Canoe Paper Presentations   417 ERC

Friday, April 1
8 a.m.                   Breakfast (Pastries and Drinks)               A. J. Jolly Park
8–9 a.m.              Concrete Canoe Set-up                             A. J. Jolly Park
8–11 a.m.            Concrete Frisbee                                        A. J. Jolly Park
8–11:30 a.m.      Surveying Competition                               A. J. Jolly Park
9–11 a.m.            Concrete Canoe Aesthetic Judging         A. J. Jolly Park
12:30–4 p.m.       Concrete Canoe Racing                            A. J. Jolly Park

Saturday, April 2
8–10 a.m.            Technical Paper                                           427 ERC
8 a.m.–noon        Environmental Competition                      Myers Alumni Center
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Steel Bridge Construction                         Zimmer Auditorium
7–10 p.m.             Banquet and Awards Reception               Paul Brown Stadium

More info

Map to A. J. Jolly Park

Map of A. J. Jolly Park

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