2018 Competition Guide


Welcome & Introduction

Rules & Clarifications

Scoring Spreadsheet

General Competition Information

Design Tips

Eligibility Requirements
Paper Competition
Business Meeting

Judges Training Meeting

Team Captain Meeting

Display Judging

Site Layout



Post Construction

Lateral Load Test

Vertical Load Tests
- Loading Devices
- Deflection Measurement
- Sway Measurement

Bridge Weight

Data Entry

History & Results


Team Captain's Meeting

Competitor Preparation:

  • Be to the meeting on time.
  • Bring a copy of the rules and the current rule clarifications with you to the meeting.
  • Be polite and respectful of others--especially the judges.


Host Equipment/Preparation:

  • Provide a venue that can accommodate the expected crowd. Microphones and a PA system may be necessary in some cases.
  • Invite all your judges to attend the meeting.
  • Make sure that all teams and judges know when and where the meeting is to be held well in advance of the meeting day.
  • Make available a copy of the rules and the current rule clarifications to the judge conducting the meeting.
  • A white/black board or flip chart on an easel is very helpful for people wishing to sketch scenarios that clarify their questions and/or answers. Make sure that there are adequate markers/chalk available also.


This is a critical event that takes place before teams take to the floor to build their bridges. It is so critical that the National Head Judge tacks a cost penalty on teams that don't have representation at the meeting. This penalty is not common at ASCE student conference competitions.

This meeting is typically conducted by the designated Head Judge.

Note that some conferences restrict participation to just teams captains and the judges--excluding faculty advisors and casual spectators.