National Concrete Canoe Competition"
Nevada, Reno - "Champion of Champions"
The University of Nevada Reno emerged victorious over 21 other teams at the 2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition... besting a field which included 4 previous national champions that collectively held 13 of 20 national titles.
"Wolf pack charges finish line in inaugural concrete canoe victory," by Joan Buhrman and Karen Albers of ASCE, June 21, 2008.
2008 NCCC Coverage
The 2008 NCCC marked the 21st anniversary of the national concrete canoe competition. The first place overall winner in each of 18 Conference was invited to compete in the 2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place regional winner finished in the top five overall in the 2007 National Competition (UW-Madison, University of Florida, University of Nevada, Reno, Western Kentucky, and Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo)... the second place team was also invited to compete at nationals. Four second-place qualifiers were established, rounding out the field at 22 (see below). Since the host school, ETS, won the Upstate New York Conference, they elected to participate at next year's nationals.
The two newcomers in 2008 brought the number of schools that have participated at the national level to 109. Point totals, spreadsheets, and statistics for the 2008 NCCC and all other national competitions can be found in "For the Record."
John and Allison Gilbert 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 listed below. Other competition photos are available courtesy of ASCE. The University of Nevada-Reno posted a spreadsheet and the University of Wisconsin-Madison will archive the top design reports as soon as they become available.
Design reports (25% of score) and compliance certificates were due on May 12th. These were evaluated prior to the competition.
The final products (25% of score) were judged in Place du Canada, located in downtown Montreal, on Thursday, June 19th. We photographed the canoes with as little clutter (participants, spectators, etc.) as possible to show exactly what each school had to offer. Some of the phots left something to be desired because they were taken in the pouring rain.
Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered in ETS's Auditorium, also located in downtown Montreal, on Friday, June 20th. We attended all of them and documented every question posed to the teams by the judges.
Races (25% of score) were held June 21st in the Olympic Basin (see description below). We were there and provided blow by blow coverage.
By executing what amounted to nearly a flawless delivery, the University of Nevada - Reno captured the ‘America’s Cup of Civil Engineering’ at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) 21st Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition in Montreal. In the end, their technical skills, ingenuity and dedication propelled them to victory in their 19.5-foot-long, 160-pound, white concrete with blue and silver stained canoe that the team christened, "Argentum."
2nd - University of California -
of Nevada, Reno -
Mid-Pacific (1st place overall; 1st in paper; 3rd in presentation;
Excellence in Design Award - University of Florida (for their
Final Products in Montreal - Photos - Taken on Thursday, June 19th
2008 NCCC Website Links
ETS - 2008 NCCC Website
2008 NCCC Race Site - Olympic Basin
Races were held in the Olympic Basin on Notre Dame Island.
Race photo (left) by P. Burton; Satellite photo (right) from Google Earth courtesy of Digital Globe.
2009 National Concrete Canoe Competition
The 2009 NCCC will be hosted by The University of Alabama and held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in June 2009. Stay tuned for further details!