The 2004 ASCE/MBT National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) took place June 17th - 20th in Washington, DC.
Races (25% of score) were held on Lake Fairfax in Reston, Virginia.
Design reports (25% of score) were due and evaluated prior to the competition.
Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered at the National
Building Museum Auditorium in Washington, DC.
The final products (25% of score) were displayed in the Great Hall of the National Building Museum. Photographs of the canoes were purposefully taken with as little clutter (participants, spectators, etc.) as possible to show exactly what each school had to offer.
We appreciate the cooperation and efforts made by the participants during the competition that made this massive undertaking possible. Thanks are extended to Disk Doctors in Atlanta, Georgia for recovering the data and photos lost after our hard disk crashed as a result of going through the airport security check.
Spreadsheets for all NCCC competitions, as well as statistics for schools that competed since year 2000, can be found in "For the Record." Links to all of these competitors and more are included in "Concrete Canoe Web Sites."
If any of the information posted there or here is incorrect, or you would like to add or modify something, please contact Dr. John Gilbert.
1. University of Wisconsin-Madison
(3rd in paper; 2nd in presentation; 2nd in product)
"Celebrating Concrete," National Building Museum Press Release, June 11, 2004 - "An event that challenges students from top civil engineering schools to make the impossible a reality."
"Row, Row, Row Your Boat!," ASCE/MBT Press Release, June 8, 2004 - "Daring to overcome impossible challenges, like building a canoe out of concrete, requires the kind of bold and innovative solutions necessary to keep up with the world's infrastructure needs."
Eighteen regional concrete canoe competitions took take place through early May. The first place overall winner of each regional event qualified to participate at the national level. In addition, if the first place regional winner finished in the top five overall in the 2003 NCCC, the second place team was also invited to compete at nationals. Twenty-two teams competed in 2004.
"Badgers defense of their championship is Rock Solid" - June 20, 2004, ASCE/MBT Press Release... "Their work, during the competition and in the future, will have a tremendous impact on the building industry."
Did you know that the four national title holders and top finishers at the 2004 NCCC actively support ConcreteCanoe.org? Between them, they have appeared 43 times at the national level in the U.S. competition. They have a combined total of 17 national titles to their credit (10 U.S. and 7 Canadian).
The University of Wisconsin - Madison placed consistently high in all events... successfully defending their national title with a "Rock Solid" performance.
Seven-time Canadian national champion, Laval, won the best product category and placed second overall... combining a cool boat and a hot team with "Iceberg."
"ConQuest" propelled five-time national champion, Team UAH, to a win in the design paper category and a third place finish overall.
Three-time national champion, 3CT, scored the most points in the water... sailing into fourth place overall with "Cast Away."
MSOE navigated by the rest of the fleet to an impressive fifth place finish... winning the oral presentation category with a stellar performance on the "S.S. Milwaukee."
Clemson's 3CT will host the 2005 NCCC next June!