"Utah State University (USU)"

(4th overall, 3rd in paper, 5th in presentation, 1st in product, 12th in races)


Canoe Name: Promontory; Canoe Weight: 195 lb; Canoe Length: 19' 6"


Utah State University represented the Rocky Mountain Conference and made their forth national appearance.

USU 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; there were 2 animations.

The team based their theme on the transcontinental railroad. They began their presentation with a team introduction and gave the rationale behind their theme.

The team described their project management scenario. Then, they elaborated on their goals and critical path.

After describing how they built their canoe on a limited budget, the team described how they modified their hull design. They mentioned that they chose to use a simple geometrical shape and built a practice boat to refine their design.

The team explained how they used the prototype to expose design flaws and how they went about addressing them. Then, the team described how they went about structural analysis and mix design.

Then it was on to mold and canoe construction. After describing how they did their inlays and designed for aesthetics, the team outlined the construction and finishing processes in detail.

After outlining the curing process, the team explained how they went about detailing their boat. Then, they thanked the judges and asked for questions.  

Questions and Comments:

  • How do inertia forces come into play during hull design?
  • What are the pros and cons of using 3-D printing?
  • What makes a task critical?
  • Why do aesthetics matter?
  • Did you consider using calcium chloride as an accelerator?
  • Why does your supplier make a different type of accelerator?
  • Did the addition of aluminum create problems?
  • What problems could occur by incorporating this material?
  • Did you analyze a combined load state during your structural analysis?
  • Why did you choose to incorporate a 2" rocker into your design?
  • Shouldn't your effort to bring your aggregates to the SSD condition have been included in your mix design table?
  • How does one test for the SSD condition?
  • Where did the majority of your financial resources go?


Overall this presentation went well. The question and answer session was terrific.


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