"University of Wisconsin - Madison (Badgers)"

(5th overall, 12th in paper, 3rd in presentation, 6th in product, 3rd in races)

Winner of ASCE's "Innovation Award"

Product:


Canoe Name: Laurentide; Canoe Weight: 165 lb; Canoe Length: 21' 4"

Presentation:

The University of Wisconsin - Madison represented the Great Lakes Conference and made their eighteenth national appearance.

The Badgers relied on 4 people to make their presentation; 2 men and 2 women. The presenters were dressed in formal attire. The team used 1 screen; there were 2 animations.

The team based their theme on Wisconsin glaciations. They began their presentation with a team introduction and then proceeded to explain the rationale behind their selection of the theme.

The team began their technical presentation by highlighting their management scenario. They outlined their team structure and mentioned that their main focus was on concrete structures.

The team described their hull design and highlighted its salient characteristics. After explaining how they used models to arrive at their final design, the team described how they performed structural analysis to establish the specifications for their concrete.

The team explained how they employed various constituents to meet these specifications and detailed their test results.  Then, they described how they constructed their mold and canoe.

The team mentioned that they constructed their boat in an environmentally controlled environment and described how they incorporated structural elements into the hull to prevent cracking. They mentioned that sensors were used to monitor the curing process in real time and went on to describe the techniques used to finish their canoe's surface.

After stating that their teams continue to press the design envelope and equating this to the continuous progression of a glacier during the ice age, the team brought their presentation to conclusion.

Questions and Comments:

  • There are some chemical equations in your development and testing section. What are the products of these interactions?
  • What does your Type A cement do for you compared to the use of standard Portland?
  • How did you measure the heat of hydration during the curing process?
  • Could you develop a model to study interactions within concrete mixes?
  • How accurate are the results obtained from a concrete compressive test?
  • What would you change if you had to repeat this year's stint?
  • What is the critical chain project management method?
  • Were you concerned with expansion while using your wooden mold?
  • How close were the theoretical and experimental drag values?
  • What was the largest source of error for the discrepancies seen there?

Commentary:

This was a very strong delivery and the team answered the questions flawlessly.

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