National Concrete Canoe Competition"
2010 Host School (Cal Poly - SLO) Wins National Title
Cal Poly - SLO is the ninth school to win the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition and is the first university to both host and win the event. SLO won the majority of the events and placed a close second to Reno in the design report category, Laval in the women's sprint, and ETS in the women's slalom/endurance race. Poly scored 96.5 points out of a possible 100 making this the most formidable win since Team UAH swept the competition in 1994. See For the Record and Competition Results
At the banquet, Cal Poly's ASCE Chapter was presented with the Robert Ridgway Award given to the "single most outstanding student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers." Also, by winning the Pacific-Southwest Conference, SLO became the first school to qualify for next year's competition in Evansville, IN. Way to go SLO!
2010 NCCC Coverage
Reno's Wolf Pack finished second followed by Canadian National Champion ETS in third. Michigan Tech finished an impressive fourth with the Wisconsin Badgers in fifth. Team UAH and Laval were sixth and seventh, respectively.
2010 marked the 23rd anniversary of the national concrete canoe competition. The first place overall winner in each of 18 Conferences was invited to compete in the 2010 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place Conference winner finished in the top five overall in the 2009 National Competition (University of California -Berkeley, Ecole de Technologie Superieur, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, the University of Florida, and the University of Nevada, Reno), the second place team was also invited to compete at nationals. The 2009 host school, The University of Alabama, also qualified.
The two newcomers in 2009 brought the number of schools that have
participated at the national level to 110.
UC Berkeley, the 2009 NCCC Champion, ran into problems in the Mid-Pacific Conference and didi not have an opportunity to defend their national title this year. This has happened only twice before... both times to Southeast representative Team UAH in 1995 and 2002. But, as the Bears mention on their website...
"Men (and women... jag) who try to do something and fail are infinitely better than those who try to do nothing and succeed" ... Lloyd Jones
True to form, the five time national champions billed their effort as a "successful failure." Their team proudly presented its most innovative and sustainable canoe to date at the Mid-Pacific Regional Conference on April 9th and 10th. While the canoe failed early in races, it truly embodied the true spirit of civil engineering at Berkeley. This year, the Bears pushed the envelope and developed a concrete that used no Portland cement when they could have simply replicated a previous canoe. They took a risk, which did not pay off at competition, but Berkeley feels that the experience will yield great rewards in the future for this one-of-a-kind concrete canoe team!
John Gilbert covered the event for ConcreteCanoe.org.
Design reports (25% of score) were due on Friday, May 14th and were evaluated prior to the competition. Nevada-Reno won this event.
The final products (25% of score) were judged on Thursday, June 17th on the O'Neill Green Lawn located in front of the Orfalea Buisness Building (Building 003) on SLO's campus. The canoes were photographed with as little clutter (participants, spectators, etc.) as possible to show exactly what each school had to offer. Cal Poly - SLO won this event. Photos of all canoes, cross sections and displays are included here:
Oral presentations (25% of score) were delivered on Friday, June 18th at the Spanos Theatre. We attended of them and documented every question posed to the teams by the judges. Cal Poly - SLO also won this event. Details for all schools are included along with photos and the salient features of their products here::
California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo
(1st place overall, 2nd place in paper, 1st place in presentation,
1st place in product)
The race site for the 2010 NCCC was Lopez Lake. Located just ten miles east of Arroyo Grande, California, Lopez Lake Recreation Area is one of the top choices for camping and leisure trips. With 22 miles of shoreline and summer lake temperatures around 70°, there is something for everyone... especially concrete canoeists looking to win the national title.
2010 NCCC - Who's Who in the Competition
This was by far the strongest field to date.
The field was
set at 22 for the 2010 NCCC. Every team was a US national veteran.
For complete U.S. National Statistics see: "For the Record."
2010 NCCC Website Links
2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition
The 24th Annual 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition will be held in Evansville, Indiana. The University of Evansville will be the host school.
Note: The results to be announced for placement in the regional conferences will be accurate to the best of our knowledge. Since other conditions must be met to become a participant in the 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition - including good standing with ASCE, good faith participation in the Student Business Meeting, good faith participation in the Student Conference Paper Competition, and any additional requirements of Student Conference participation set by the Student Conference - the final decision to invite competitors rests with ASCE.