"University of Pittsburgh - Johnstown (Pitt - Johnstown)"

(15th overall, 7th in paper, 15th in presentation, 17th in product, 17th in races)


Canoe Name: Essayons; Canoe Weight: 223 lb; Canoe Length: 17' 11"


The University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown represented the Mid-Atlantic Conference and made their seventh national appearance.

UPJ relied on 4 people to make their presentation; 2 men and 2 women. The presenters were dressed business casual. The team used 1 screen; there was 1 animation.

The team based their theme on the Army Corps of Engineers. They began their presentation by elaborating on their theme and discussing the Army Corps. Then, they gave a team introduction.

The team discussed their organizational structure and the milestones that needed to be achieved. Then, they outlined how they went about determining their critical path.

After mentioning the man hours spent on the project, the team outlined their goals relative to materials and hull design. Then, it was on to structural analysis.

After explaining how they did the latter, the team elaborated on their goals associated with mix design. Then, they explained how they incorporated constituents to meet these goals.

The team showed a time lapse video of mold and canoe construction. After describing their curing and finishing techniques, they brought their presentation to conclusion. 

Questions and Comments:

  • Why did you use Class F fly ash as opposed to Class C?
  • What is the difference between these types?
  • Why did you hand mix your concrete?
  • Have you had issues with other mixing methods in the past?
  • Did you have any issues that arose during your stint?
  • In retrospect, what would be some ways to streamline your construction process?
  • What was the composition of your recycled brick?
  • Did this have an impact on durability?
  • Do you think that past performances should be an indicator for future designs?
  • What stress criteria did you use for your analysis?
  • How did you determine your selection of 2000 psi as this criterion?
  • How did you maintain equilibrium in your environmental chamber?
  • What makes a scheduling task critical?


The presentation went well but some of the questions were difficult to answer.


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