POSTED: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 4:11pm
UPDATED: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 4:16pm
EL PASO, TX — UTEP Engineering students were challenged to put their skills to the test today at the 2013 Steel Bridge Texas-Mexico Design Competition.
The annual competition pits contestants against each other to see who can design and build the best model bridge using mainly steel. Student teams are asked to build 21 foot long bridges and are tested for stiffness, lightness, construction speed, display, efficiency and economy. The judging panel is made up of industry leading engineers. One student participating says its one of the best organizations he's involved in.
"Because you get that hands on experience, you know you can learn all the information from a textbook that you want but its very different from seeing it in a textbook than actually working with your hands because we construct everything by hand so we've cutting the steel, we're doing the welding, so we see what we're learning in real life."
The top three teams move onto the national competition. The American Society of Civil Engineers and the American Institute of Steel Construction organize sponsors for the annual competition.