Steel Bridge Team

The Steel Bridge Design Team consists of ASCE members who design and construct a scale size bridge entirely from structural steel. The rules of the design and construction are provided by the National ASCE organization. These rules provide a fictitious problem statement under which the bridge must be built. The rules call out the required size of the bridge, usually one-tenth actual size, as well as other parameters including member types and sizes, loading requirements, and clearance

Each year, the Virginia Tech steel bridge design team competes in the regional competition with other schools in Virginia and West Virginia. The competition is based on bridge weight, construction time, stiffness, and aesthetics. The Regional winner goes on to compete in the national competition with schools from across the United States, Canada and Mexico.

In April 2017, the team competed in the Virginia’s Conference at Norfolk, VA taking second place overall.  At the National Competition in June 2017 the team placed 36th of 43 teams overall.

Please contact Steel Bridge Captains for more information on how you can get involved.

FALL 2021 – Spring 2022 CAPTAINS:

Chris Padgett

Gavin Harwell

Courtney Jones

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