"Louisiana Technological University (Bulldogs)"

(17th overall, 20h in paper, 21st in presentation, 13th in product, 15th in races)


Canoe Name: Dawg's Day; Canoe Weight: 146 lb; Canoe Length: 17' 8"


Louisiana Tech University represented the Deep South Conference and made their sixth national appearance.

Tech relied on 3 people to make their presentation; 2 men and 1 woman. The presenters were dressed business casual and in formal attire. The team used 1 screen; there were 2 animations.

The team based their theme WWII, D-Day, and Andrew Higgins who developed boats called LCVPs (Landing Craft, Vehicle and Personnel). They began their presentation with a team introduction.

After elaborating on their theme, the team outlined their specifications and the modifications that they made to meet them. Then it was on to structural analysis.

The team mentioned that they decided that the maximum stress occurred during the four person co-ed race and explained how they used a combination of statics and fluid dynamics to design their hull.

Then, the team described the mix design process and elaborated on the modifications that they made. Specifically, they explained how they increased workability to improve aesthetics, and decreased density to achieve their target weight.

The team described how they constructed their form and canoe. After discussing the curing and finishing processes, they brought their presentation to a strong conclusion by driving back to their theme.

Questions and Comments:

  • Why did you choose a flat bottom canoe?
  • Why did you use the admixtures that you did?
  • How did you begin your mix design and construction process?
  • What safety precautions did you take?
  • Can you elaborate on how you determined your critical path, as well as the subtasks included there?
  • You mentioned that one of your aggregates was critical. What did you mean by "critical?"
  • Your compressive strength is about three times that needed. What do you plan to do about lowering it?
  • If you were designing a structure, would you want a higher strength than needed?


Overall the presentation went well and the team seemed to be at ease when answering the questions posed by the judges. I'm not sure that the judges were satisfied with the answers the team gave but it was refreshing to see the team ask them to repeat the question related to reducing the compressive strength. I may have misunderstood what was being asked, but it certainly sounded like a strange question to me.


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