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Hudson Valley Students to Compete in Steel Bridge Competition

CONTACT: Janine Kava (518) 629-8085 or (518) 341-0601 (pager)
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Sunday, April 18, 2004

Students to practice assembling bridge in minutes on Monday, April 19

WHO: Civil Engineering Technology students in Hudson Valley Community College Professor George Limbrunner\'s Bridge Design class.
WHAT: The students will practice assembling a steel bridge they have designed, with the goal of completing the task as quickly as they can. The students will compete in the American Society of Civil Engineers\' (ASCE) regional Steel Bridge Competition on Saturday, April 24, 2004, at the University at Buffalo . The same day, other Civil Engineering Tech students from Hudson Valley will be competing in the ASCE\'s Concrete Canoe Competition.

9 a.m. to noon , Monday, April 19. For more information or directions, please call 629-8085.

WHERE: Conway Ice Rink at McDonough Sports Complex
Hudson Valley Community College
80 Vandenburgh Avenue, Troy
DETAILS: The competition allows students to put the civil engineering technology knowledge they have gained to the test by designing and building a steel bridge, and assembling it as quickly as possible. The faster the students complete the bridge, the higher their score. The bridge must be 3 feet wide, at least 25 feet long, and no larger than 5 feet high. In addition to being judged on the time it takes to assemble the bridge, students are judged on the bridge\'s weight and its "deflection under load," which is how much the bridge will bend when loaded vertically with 1.25 tons.