"California State Polytechnic University - Pomona (Pomona)"

(6th overall, 4th in paper, 6th in presentation, 15th in product, 8th in races)


Canoe Name: Gidget; Canoe Weight: 238 lb; Canoe Length: 20'


California State Polytechnic University - Pomona represented the Pacific Southwest Conference and made their eighth national appearance.

Pomona relied on 2 people to make their presentation; 1 man and 1woman. The presenters were dressed business casual. The team used 1 screen; there were 3 animations.

The team based their theme on 1950's/1960's California. They began their presentation by explaining the rationale behind their theme. Then, they gave a team introduction.

The team began their technical presentation by outlining their project. Then, they described their hull design. 

After explaining the improvements made in the latter, the team discussed their structural analysis. They made their specifications clear and discussed the steps taken to meet them. 

Then, it was on to mix design. After explaining how they incorporated sustainable materials into the design process, the team specified the strengths obtained from their test program. Then, they explained their inverted dual mold casting method and how it was used to fabricate their entry.

The team showed how construction was accomplished and gave the specifications for their pre-pumped concrete. After explaining how finishing was done, they brought their presentation to a strong conclusion. 

Questions and Comments:

  • How confident are you that all of the stresses were controlled by your C-grid?
  • Does the C-grid help to prevent cracking?
  • Why does the specific weight of your concrete change as it goes through the pump?
  • How do you control this?
  • Is 360 psi the pressure of the pump cylinder or that applied to your concrete?
  • What safety precautions did you take during the casting process?
  • How did you know that you should remove your form after 7 days?
  • Can you discuss some of the efforts made to achieve sustainability?
  • In retrospect, is there a way that you could have lowered the costs allocated to materials?
  • Which task is more important for determining the critical path: a priority task or one with no float?
  • How did you determine your canoe's hull speed?
  • What is a modified hull design analysis?


The presentation was comprehensive and the team answered the questions well. Overall, it was very strong.


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