"City College of New York (CCNY)"

(23rd overall, 23rd in paper, 23rd in presentation, 21st in product, 17th in races)


Canoe Name: Goethals; Canoe Weight: 336 lb; Canoe Length: 20'


The City College of New York represented the Metropolitan Conference and made their eighth national appearance.

CCNY relied on 2 people to make their presentation; 1 man and 1 woman. The presenters were dressed in formal attire. The team used 1 screen and relied on Prezi for their delivery.

The team based their theme on Gothic architecture. They began their presentation with a team introduction.

The team described their project management scenario and the steps taken to improve it. Then, they outlined the steps taken to improve their delivery relative to materials and construction.

The team mentioned that they embellished the idea of showcasing Gothic architecture. Then, they explained how they affiliated with a local canoeing team which helped them paddle and store their canoe.

The team described concrete mix development and testing. They explained how they performed their structural analysis and the conditions considered.  During this segment, they mentioned that they based their design on four male paddlers and showed a shear and moment diagram.

After explaining that they reused their mold, the team proceeded on to canoe construction. They explained how they cured their entry and finished their canoe's surface.

The team explained the steps that they took toward sustainability before bringing their presentation to conclusion.

Questions and Comments:

  • You mentioned that fly ash was used as an aggregate. Is it not reactive?
  • Did you have to change any of the properties of the concrete while fabricating pre-cast sheets?
  • You tried to develop a new mixture and reported that it failed. How important do you think it is to document such failures?
  • What is a shallow arch hull?
  • What aspect of quality management was most beneficial to your team?
  • Can you discuss some of your innovative ideas relative to the construction process?
  • What suggestions would you make to next year's team to improve the casting process?
  • What do you think that you could do with spent water as far as recycling is concerned?


The presentation was somewhat difficult to follow and the questions were difficult to answer.


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