National Concrete Canoe Competition"
June 16-18, 2011
Cal Poly - SLO team members pull hard during the women's endurance race in
Evansville. Photo courtesy of ASCE.
Cal Poly - SLO Defends National Title
State University, San Luis Obispo successfully defended their national title
making them the fifth school (out of nine past national winners) to secure
multiple titles [Alabama-Huntsville's Team UAH has five, Cal-Berkeley's Bears
have five, Clemson's 3CT have three, and Wisconsin-Madison's Badgers have
The film crew from the Big
Ten TV Network was busy shooting throughout the competition. See Concrete
SLO fought hard to stay on
top and earned considerable points after their entry called "Cetacea"
won best product.
"Cetacea" (left) won best product and helped SLO finish
second overall in the races at Audubon State Park
A table top display (left) and cutaway
cross section (right) were judged as part of the product category.
SLO earned 86.5 points out of a possible 100 and won the competition
by a 10.6 point margin. See For
the Record and Competition
2011 NCCC Coverage
Teams and photographer (upper right)
get ready to take the official group photo for the 2011 NCCC.
The University of
Wisconsin-Madison Badger's finished second followed by Canadian National Champion
Laval in third. California
State Polytechnic University, Pomona finished an impressive fourth with the
University of Nevada - Reno Wolf Pack in fifth.
Top Picks - The
Front Line - Commentary
Wisconsin-Madison (left) and Laval (right)
prepare for battle on the pond.
Cal Poly - Pomona (left) and Nevada -
Reno (right) fought hard to earn a top five spot.
The Badgers (UW-Madison) prepare to submerge
"Element" (left); Evansville prepares for the weigh-in (right).
UW-Madison's "Element" placed
second in the product category while Laval's "Voltage" took third
The entries from The University of Akron and Michigan Tech placed fourth and
fifth, respectively, in the product category.
Laval swept the races with "Voltage."
Concretecanoe.org's 2011 Award for
Dedication went to the University of Illinois - Urbana, Champaign (UIUC) who
started it all in 1971.
"The Cementery" (above left) is the 40th canoe built at
their "Boneyard Yacht Club."
Our Award for Outstanding Achievement went to Laval for sweeping the races with
"Voltage." (above right).
Our Award for Innovation went to the University of Akron for their improvised drums made of cans and
Photo by Bob Gwaltney.
2011 marked the 24th anniversary of the national concrete canoe competition. Historically,
first place overall winner in each of 18 Conferences was invited to compete
in the 2011 National Concrete Canoe Competition. In addition, if the first place
Conference winner finished in the top five overall in the 2010 National
Competition (Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, the University of Nevada, Reno, Ecole de Technologie
Michigan Tech, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison), the second place team was also
invited to compete at
nationals. All five schools won their conferences allowing their second
place finishers to attend.
The two newcomers in
2011 brought the number of schools that have
participated at the national level to 112.
Updated point totals, spreadsheets, and
statistics for the 2011 NCCC and all other national competitions can be found in
"For the Record."
Links to the competitors can be found in "Concrete
John Gilbert covered the event for ConcreteCanoe.org.
Design reports (25% of score)
prior to the competition. Nevada-Reno won this event.
The final products (25% of score)
were judged on Thursday, June 16 on the Sesquicentennial Oval of the UE
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.
Oval is the focal point of the UE Campus.
Oral presentations (25% of score)
were delivered on Friday, June 17
in the Shanklin Theatre.
attended of them and documented every question posed to the teams by the
State Polytechnic University, Pomona
won this event.
Presentations will be held in the Shanklin
Theatre located in Hyde Hall of the UE campus.
A description of the
oral presentations as we;; as photos of all canoes, cross sections and displays are included here:
NCCC Products, Displays, Cutaway Sections, and Presentations
Races (25% of score) were held June 18th
at Audubon State Park (see below). Laval swept the races and scored the most race points.
banquet was held in the Centre in downtown Evansville.
Details for all schools are included along with photos and the salient features of
their products here::
Vital Statistics - Presentations and Boats"
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo
(1st place overall, 4th place in paper, 2nd place in presentation,
1st place in product, 2nd in races)
University of Wisconsin-Madison (2nd place overall, 3rd place in paper, 4th place
in presentation, 2nd place in product, 4th in races)
Universite Laval (3rd place overall,
17th place in paper, 5th
place in presentation, 3rd place in product , 1st in races)
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
(4th place overall,
6th place in paper, 1st place in presentation, 8th place in product, 6th
University of Nevada, Reno (5th place overall,
1st place in paper, 7th
place in presentation, 7th place in product, 7th in races)
Michigan Tech University (6th place overall, 3rd place in paper,
7th place in presentation, 7th place in product, 5th in races)
University of California - Berkeley (7th place overall,
2nd place in paper, 3rd place in
presentation, 11th place in product, 8th place in races)
Ecole de Technologie Superieure (8th place overall,
13th place in paper, 9th place in
presentation, 6th place in product, 9th place in races)
Florida Institute of Technology (9th place overall, 14th place in paper, 13th place in presentation,
10th place in product, 3rd place in races)
University of Akron (10th place overall,
16th place in
paper, 12th place in presentation, 4th place in product, 12th place in races)
Clemson University (11th place overall,
7th place in
paper, 17th place in presentation, 20th place in product, 10th place in races)
University of Oklahoma (12th place overall,
18th place in paper, 6th place in
presentation, 17th place in product, 13th place in races)
Fairmont State University (13th place overall,
10th place in
paper, 11th place in presentation, 9th place in product, 13th place in races)
University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign (14th place overall,
8th place in paper, 15th place in
presentation, 22nd place in product, 13th place in races)
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown (15th place overall,
9th place in paper, 14th place in
presentation, 15th place in product, 11th in races)
Utah State University (16th place overall, 23rd place in
paper, 10th place in presentation, 13th place in product, 13th place in races)
Louisiana Tech University (17th place overall, 12th place in paper, 22nd place
in presentation, 12th place in product, 13th place in races)
Minnesota State University Mankato
(18th place overall, 11th place in paper, 21st place in
presentation, 14th place in product, 13th place in races)
University at Buffalo (19th place overall,
20th place in paper, 19th place in presentation, 16th place in product, 13th
place in races)
University of Evansville (20th place overall, 15th place in paper, 18th place in
presentation, 18th place in product, 13th place in races)
University of Texas - Austin (21st place overall,
19th place in paper, 16th
place in presentation, 23rd place in product, 13th place in races)
Washington State University
(22nd place overall,
21st place in paper, 23rd place in
presentation, 19th place in product, 13th place in races)
Ohio Northern University (23rd place overall, 22nd place in paper, 20th place in
presentation, 21st place in product, 13th place in races)
2011 NCCC Race Site
Races were held on Saturday,
June 18 at Audubon
State Park. The
races were delayed by inclement weather but the skies cleared around noon.
There was no time for the final sprints and the endurance course had to be
modified... but all five races were held.
2011 NCCC - Who's Who in the Competition
The field was
set at 23 for the 2011 NCCC. There were two newcomers.
Qualifiers made 157 collective prior appearances with an average placement
slightly above 10.
The 6 US and 2 Canadian
champions in the hunt collectively held 29 national titles.
For complete U.S. National Statistics see: "For
The field is set at 23 with 6 past U.S. and 2 Canadian
2011 NCCC Website Links
"All that they're cracked up to be"
of Evansville - ASCE Student Chapter and 2011 NCCC Information Website
(venues, job fair, contact information)
ASCE Official NCCC Website
(history, rules and regulations,
conference competitions, qualifying teams)
2011 CNCCC Requests
Committee on National Concrete Canoe Competitions (CNCCC) would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the teams that
have participated at their respective conference competitions over the
past several weeks and those that will
compete in the next few weeks. We are looking forward to an exciting
national competition being hosted by the University of Evansville in June.
year, the CNCCC develops rules and regulations following the completion of
the National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC), many times using the
feedback provided by students, advisors, and judges. As such, we would
like to solicit your feedback regarding the rules and the competition
(such as need for clarifications, suggestions for changes in language,
etc.) or other general comments you wish to provide. Maybe there is
a rule you want to bring back, or a rule you just absolutely hate and wish
it would just go away. Perhaps you think the rules are too long and
complex or you might appreciate the level of detail. Whatever it is, the
CNCCC will take it under consideration, but we make no guarantees!
goal of using the feedback is to make the rules clearer and maintaining
fairness and consistency; this should not be considered a forum to
register complaints. CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM is welcomed!!! We ask
that if your school wished to provide comments that your team consolidate
them and send one e-mail rather than several e-mails from the same school.
If you wish, you may make a Word document and attach it to the e-mail.
forward your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org
with "Concrete Canoe Feedback" in the subject line."
2012 National Concrete
The 25th Annual 2012 National Concrete Canoe
Competition will be held in Reno, Nevada on June 14-16, 2012. The
University of Nevada, Reno will be the host school.