"2007 National Concrete Canoe Competition"
June 14th - 16th, 2007
Seattle, Washington

Twenty-two (22) teams competed in the 2007 National Concrete Canoe Competition.

Wisconsin "Badgers" Win Fifth National Title

The Badgers represented the U.S. in the Netherlands!

"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)

The 2006 Beton Kano Race took place June 9-10, 2006.

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
Women's 200m 1st place
Coed 200m 1st place
Men's 400m 1st place
Women's 400m did not place
Coed 400m 1st place
Construction 1st place
Innovation 1st place
Overall 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."

The 2007 National Scoreboard

2nd - University of Florida
3rd - University of Nevada-Reno
4th - Western Kentucky University
5th - California Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo

"2007 Vital Statistics - Presentations and Boats"

University of Wisconsin - Madison - Great Lakes (1st place overall; 1st in paper; 3rd in presentation; 4th in product).
University of Florida
- Southeast (2nd place overall; 3rd in paper; 1st in presentation; 5th in product).
University of Nevada, Reno
- Mid-Pacific (3rd place overall; 1st in paper; 14th in presentation; 1st in product).
Western Kentucky
- Ohio Valley (4th place overall; 16th in paper; 2nd in presentation; 3rd in product).
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
- Pacific Southwest (5th place overall; 14th in paper; 6th in presentation; 2nd in product).
New Mexico State
- Rocky Mountain (6th place overall; 8th in paper; 4th in presentation; 6th in product).
University of Oklahoma
- Mid-Continent (7th place overall; 4th in paper; 5th in presentation; 10th in product).
Cal State Poly - Pomona
- Pacific Southwest (8th place overall; 9th in paper; 6th in presentation; 9th in product).
University of Wisconsin - Platteville - Mid-West (9th place overall; 20th in paper; 12th in presentation; 7th in product).
Michigan Tech
- North Central (10th place overall; 13th in paper; 8th in presentation; 13th in product).
University of Washington
- Pacific Northwest (11th place overall; 6th in paper; 10th in presentation; 11th in product).
Ohio Northern
- North Central (12th place overall; 5th in paper; 20th in presentation; 15th in product).
University of Illinois - Champaign
- Great Lakes (13th place overall; 7th in paper; 15th in presentation; 12th in product).
Ecole de Technologie Superieur
- Upstate New York (14th place overall; 11th in paper; 11th in presentation; 8th in product).
Washington State University
- Pacific Northwest (15th place overall; 12th in paper; 9th in presentation; 15th in product).
University of Maine
- New England (16th place overall; 10th in paper; 13th in presentation; 16th in product).
North Carolina State
- Carolinas (17th place overall; 22nd in paper; 22nd in presentation; 21st in product).
University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown
- Mid-Atlantic (18th place overall; 19th in paper; 15th in presentation; 17th in product).
Mississippi State
- Deep South (19th place overall; 15th in paper; 17th in presentation; 20th in product).
University of Houston
- Texas-Mexico (20th place overall; 18th in paper; 21st in presentation; 18th in product).
Fairmont State
- Virginias (21st place overall; 21st in paper; 19th in presentation; 19th in product).
City College of New York
- Metropolitan (22nd place overall; 17th in paper; 18th in presentation; 22nd in product).

Excellence in Design Award - Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo (for their inlay system)
Anthony P. Crest Award for Innovation - University of Wisconsin - Platteville (for use of contraction joints in mold)
Spirit of Competition Award - Ecole de Technologie Superieur
R. John Craig Award for Co-Ed Sprint Race - Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo

Who's who in the competition (Pre-National Team/Canoe Photos)
Gilbert's top picks and commentary for the 2007 NCCC (The Front Line
) - Follow Up

Wisconsin (22.9 race points); Florida (21.9 race points).

Wisconsin versus Florida (A Comparison of Hull Designs) 

2007 NCCC Website Links

2007 ASCE NCCC Website

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 University of Washington - College of Engineering - News Service

2007 NCCC Race Site - Lake Sammamish

The University of Washington hosted the event and races were held at Sunset Beach on Lake Sammamish.

Lake Sammamish  (water quality).

Physical Characteristics of Lake Sammamish and its Drainage Basin

watershed area

63,000 acres (98 miles2 )

255 km2

lake surface area

4,897 acres

19.8 km2

lake volume

283,860 acre-ft

3.5x108 m3

mean depth

58 ft

17.7 m

maximum depth

105 ft

32 m

flushing rate

0.56 per year

depth of epilimnion

30 to 35 ft

10 to 12 m


8 miles

12.9 km

Co-Ed Final.  From front to back: Michigan Tech (4), Cal Poly-SLO (1), UW-Madison (3), and Florida (2).
Times: Poly 1:14:71; Florida 1:14:81; UW-Madison 1:14:94; Michigan Tech: 1:15:79; UW-Platteville: 1:22:35.

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).