National Concrete Canoe Competition"
Wisconsin "Badgers" Win Fifth National Title
"Badgers become five time concrete canoe champions," by Joan Buhrman of ASCE, Kelly Mawby of BASF, and Hannah Hickey of the University of Washington, June 16, 2007.
2007 NCCC Qualifiers
The 2007 NCCC marked the 20th anniversary of the national concrete canoe competition. As the overall winner of the competition, Badgers were invited to represent the United States at the 2007 Dutch Concrete Canoe Challenge that took place in the Netherlands on September 7-9, 2007. ASCE and ACI cosponsored the effort (announcement)!
United States Versus Netherlands (Performance Predictions)
UW came away with awards for best construction for their design report and general canoe construction; and, best innovation for use of lightweight environmentally sound concrete to achieve great stiffness and strength. In the races, the Badgers took first in all but the women's endurance which they did not place in.
A summary of the results for Wisconsin appears below.
Men's 200m 1st place
2007 NCCC Coverage
With an international bid at stake, the action was fierce. The first place overall winner in each of 18 Conference was invited to compete in the 2007 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place regional winner finished in the top five overall in the 2006 National Competition (UW-Madison, Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo, Clemson, Berkeley, and Michigan Tech)... the second place team was also invited to compete at nationals. Three second-place qualifiers were established and the University of Washington elected to participate as the host of this year's competition... establishing the field at 22 (see below).
The two newcomers in 2007 brought the number of schools that have participated at the national level to 107. Point totals, spreadsheets, and statistics for the 2007 NCCC and all other national competitions can be found in "For the Record."
John Gilbert (left) and Andrea Barnes (right) covered the event for ConcreteCanoe.org.
Details on each team's performance including a description of their presentation, every question asked by the judges, commentary on their stint, photos of their final product, and more can be found via the links embedded in the final placements listed below. Other competition photos are available courtesy of ASCE. The University of Nevada-Reno posted a spreadsheet and the University of Wisconsin-Madison archived the top design reports.
Design reports (25% of score) and compliance certificates were due on May 11th. These were evaluated prior to the competition.
The final products (25% of score) were judged in Red Square on Thursday, June 14th. We photographed the canoes with as little clutter (participants, spectators, etc.) as possible to show exactly what each school had to offer.
Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered in Kane Hall on Friday, June 15th. We attended all of them and documented every question posed to the teams by the judges.
Races (25% of score) were held June 16th on Lake Sammamish (see description below). We were there and provided blow by blow coverage.
Continuing their tradition of concrete dominance for the fifth year in a row, the University of Wisconsin-Madison captured the ‘America’s Cup of Civil Engineering’ at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 20th Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in Seattle. In the end, their technical skills, ingenuity and dedication propelled them to victory in their 19.11-foot-long, 179-pound, natural gray canoe that the team christened, "Descendent."
2nd - University of Florida
- Madison - Great Lakes (1st place overall;
1st in paper; 3rd in presentation; 4th
Excellence in Design Award - Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
(for their inlay system)
Wisconsin versus Florida (A Comparison of Hull Designs)
2007 NCCC Website Links
A Career Fair was held in conjunction with the 2007 NCCC on Thursday, June 14th, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Red Square on the University of Washington Campus adjacent to the concrete canoes. Participants were encouraged to visit the sponsoring companies' booths to talk with them about job openings (bring paper copies of your resume!) and thank them for their support. They were looking for interns as well as full-time employees. Many of the companies had offices in multiple locations around the country not just in the Pacific Northwest.
2007 NCCC Race Site - Lake Sammamish
The University of Washington hosted the event and races were held at Sunset Beach on Lake Sammamish.
Physical Characteristics of Lake Sammamish and its Drainage Basin
2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition
The 2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition is scheduled for June 19-21, 2008 in Quebec, Canada. The competition will be hosted by Ecole de Technologies Superieur (ETS).