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Does Concrete Float?
Local Engineering Students Host Regional Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge Competitions This Weekend

CONTACT: Deborah Renfrew (518) 629-7180
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, April 8, 2010


Engineering students from Hudson Valley and RPI will compete in concrete canoe and steel bridge contests against students from SUNY Buffalo, Rochester Institute of Technology, SUNY Institute of Technology, Cornell University, West Point, SUNY Canton and Ecole de Technologie Superieure.

The contests are part of the 2010 Upstate New York American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Regional Conference, being hosted this year by ASCE student clubs at Hudson Valley and RPI.


Saturday, April 10
Concrete Canoe competition will be 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Steel Bridge competition will be 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Snyder’s Lake / North Greenbush (off Route 150 at Snyder’s Corners) : Canoe;
RPI Field House: Bridge


Each school designed and constructed a 20-foot long concrete canoe to be judged on its racing ability and aesthetics. Each must design and build a steel bridge capable of supporting 2500 pounds, to be judged on construction speed, weight of bridge and amount of bending.

For each contest, teams also present a written technical report on their construction process to a panel of judges.

Winners of each competition will move on to national contests later this spring.

This is the 18th consecutive year that Hudson Valley has entered teams into the ASCE conference. For more information about ASCE competitions, visit