"University of Nevada - Reno (Wolf Pack)"

(1st overall, 2nd in paper, 2nd in presentation, 8th in product, 1st in races)


Canoe Name: Alluvium; Canoe Weight: 172 lb; Canoe Length: 21' 8"


The University of Nevada, Reno represented the Mid-Pacific Conference and made their ninth national appearance.

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

The team based their theme on Ichthyosaur, Nevada's fossil. They began their presentation with a team introduction. After presenting the rationale behind why they selected it, they related their theme nicely to the project.

The team outlined their organizational structure and mentioned the costs and man hours spent during their stint. Then, they discussed the improvements that they made in hull deign and how they thought that these changes would make a difference in performance.

The team described how they selected their reinforcement and performed their structural analysis. They mentioned that they developed a moment envelope based on four loading cases.  

The team described how they considered several different aspects of mix design and explained how they arrived at their final selection. After providing specifications including the needed strength, the team moved on to mold and canoe construction.

They explained how they employed an automatic watering system during curing and described how they finished their boat. Then, the team brought their presentation to a strong conclusion by reverting back to their theme.

Questions and Comments:

  • Did you have any contingency plans in place if your concrete mix design was unsuccessful?
  • What is the difference between the alkali resistant fiberglass you used and the standard version?
  • How did you determine the gripping force required for the tendons used in your canoe?
  • How much did the pitching angle affect the results of your structural analysis?
  • In retrospect, is there any way that you could have better delegated your workload to reduce the hours spent?
  • Could you have done something to eliminate the process of pre-weighing materials from your critical path?
  • How does the wire bulkhead in your canoe improve hydrodynamic performance?
  • Why did you use a waterproofing admixture?
  • Which rule prohibited you most from building a better final product?
  • Why did you include a mesh if you designed your tendons to sustain the service load?


This was a very strong presentation and the team answered the questions with confidence.


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