"2008 National Concrete Canoe Competition"
June 19th - 21st, 2008
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Twenty-two (22) teams competed in the 2008 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. 

Unassuming, and unaware that they had just won their first national title,
Reno's paddling team steps aside to let other Chapter members take "Argentum" for a spin.

"Wolf pack charges finish line in inaugural concrete canoe victory," by Joan Buhrman and Karen Albers of ASCE, June 21, 2008.

For decades to come, these guys can tell their friends and relatives that,
"I was once a national champion."

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."

The "Wolf Pack" fielded "Argentum" - their 19.5', 160 lb canoe.   
The name of Reno's canoe is Latin for silver; Nevada is the Silver State.

The 2008 National Scoreboard

2nd - University of California - Berkeley
3rd - ETS
4th - California Polytechnic University - San Luis Obispo 
5th - University of Florida

"2008 Vital Statistics - Presentations and Boats"

University of Nevada, Reno - Mid-Pacific (1st place overall; 1st in paper; 3rd in presentation; 2nd in product)
University of California - Berkeley - Mid-Pacific (2nd place overall; 2nd in paper; 1st in presentation; 3rd in product)
Ecole de Technologie Superieur - Upstate New York (3rd place overall; 7th in paper; 1st in presentation; 1st in product).
Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo - Pacific Southwest (4th place overall; 4th in paper; 8th in presentation; 4th in product).
University of Florida - Southeast (5th place overall; 5th in paper; 5th in presentation; 8th in product).
University of Wisconsin - Madison - Great Lakes (6th place overall; 16th in paper; 6th in presentation; 6th in product).
Clemson University - Carolinas (7th place overall; 3rd in paper; 4th in presentation; 10th in product).
Michigan Tech - North Central (8th place overall; 6th in paper; 12th in presentation; 5th in product).
University of California Los Angeles
- Pacific Southwest (9th place overall; 8th in paper; 9th in presentation; 9th in product).
University of Wisconsin - Platteville - Mid-West (10th place overall; 22nd in paper; 12th in presentation; 10th in product).
Polytechnic University - Metropolitan (11th place overall; 18th in paper; 11th in presentation; 7th in product).
Drexel University
- Mid-Atlantic (12th place overall; 17th in paper; 7th in presentation; 22nd in product).
Florida Institute of Technology - Southeast (13th place overall; 13th in paper; 18th in presentation; 12th in product).
University of Houston - Texas-Mexico (14th place overall; 10th in paper; 19th in presentation; 14th in product).
Youngstown State University - Ohio Valley (15th place overall; 9th in paper; 17th in presentation; 19th in product).
University of Maine - New England (16th place overall; 11th in paper; 10th in presentation; 13th in product).
University of Washington - Pacific Northwest (17th place overall; 14th in paper; 20th in presentation; 15th in product).
United States Air Force Academy - Rocky Mountain (18th place overall; 11th in paper; 14th in presentation; 16th in product).
Southern Illinois University - Edwardsville - Mid-Continent (19th place overall; 15th in paper; 16th in presentation; 18th in product).
Fairmont State
- Virginias (20th place overall; 20th in paper; 21st in presentation; 17th in product)
Louisiana Tech - Deep South (21st place overall; 19th in paper; 15th in presentation; 21st in product).
Milwaukee School of Engineering - Great Lakes (22nd place overall; 21st in paper; 22nd in presentation; 20th in product).

Excellence in Design Award - University of Florida (for their final product)
Anthony P. Crest Award for Innovation - Drexel University (for use of PVA fiber, reinforced, self-consolidating concrete)
R. John Craig Award for Co-Ed Sprint Race - University of Wisconsin - Madison
Spirit of the Competition - Polytechnic University (for use of crushed/recycled glass as an aggregate)

Final Products in Montreal - Photos - Taken on Thursday, June 19th

Who's who in the competition (Pre-National Team/Canoe Photos
Gilbert's top picks and commentary for the 2008 NCCC (The Front Line
) - Follow Up

2008 NCCC Website Links

ETS - 2008 NCCC Website

2008 ASCE 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!