2017 Host: Milwaukee school of engineerinG

Date: March 30, 2017 - april 1, 2017

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Thursday, April 14, 2015

Overview of dates, general information, questionnaire

Mailer 1

Monday, September 12, 2016

Welcome, summary of dates, contact information

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Registration information, hotel information, rules

Mailer 3

Friday, December 9, 2016

Participant registration, updates

Mailer 4

Friday, February 3, 2017

Final schedule, updates

Registration Booklet


Contains information regarding each competition, locations, and times for each event

concrete canoe

- Presented by WE Energies -

The Concrete Canoe competition is a national and traditional event at every Great Lakes Student Conference. This competition tests student’s understanding of construction materials, concrete mixtures, management, creative thinking, and very slightly, athleticism. The objective of the competition is to raise awareness of the capabilities of concrete as a construction material among civil engineering students and the general public, as well as provide students the opportunity to gain practical experience by working with concrete mixtures and construction management. The canoes will be judged by a group of experienced professionals on aesthetics, structure, quality of mixed concrete designs, and racing performance. May the best team win!

steel bridge

- Presented by FH PASCHEN -

Steel Bridge is a national competition organized by the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The objective of the competition is to increase awareness of real-world engineering issues such as spatial constraints, fabrication processes, project management, effective teamwork and much more. Participating enhances a student’s education with project experience concerning many of these issues. Each team will be given a problem statement then must design, fabricate, and erect a steel bridge within the given specifications. They will be scored in display, construction speed, lightness, stiffness, construction economy, structural efficiency, and overall performance.


- Presented by Stalworth underground -

The goal of the geotechnical competition is to build a cost effective paper retaining wall out of the materials provided that can support the self-weight of the soil and an applied load of 100 pounds. Teams will design and construct the paper retaining wall in the wooden box provided. When completed, one side of the plywood box will be removed leaving the paper retaining wall to support the weight of the soil and the applied load. As in all real life civil engineering applications, cost is the primary factor and scoring will be based on the quantity of materials purchased.  

materials design

- Presented by AERIX Industries -

The materials competition tasks students with the challenge of creating a foam concrete mix that will have both a low thermal conductivity and density while also maintaining a high compressive strength. 

environmental design

- Presented by Walsh Construction -

Each team is tasked with constructing a liner to prevent leachate infiltration from their simulated landfill. Each team will be provided a box that simulates the landfill; to which they will apply and test their liner. Teams will be graded on the effectiveness and economy of their design.

mystery design


As the title suggests, the Mystery Design task is a mystery until it is unveiled at the conference. Just like out in the field, a problem will be presented in which you have a limited amount of time and resources to plan, execute, and test your solution. Whichever solution is the "best engineered" based on a set of criteria unique to the task will be declared the winner. Rules for this competition will be released at Registration the night before the competition.


- Presented by kiewit -

Quiz bowl is an opportunity for students to test their intelligence on civil engineering topics, capacity to work under stressful situations, and ability to work in a team. Groups of students will have to work together to answer quickly and correct if they want to win. The format of the competition will be Jeopardy style.


- Presented by graef -

As the title suggests, this competition involves the composition and presentation of a technical paper focused on engineering ethics, responsibilities, and practices. The prompt and rules of this paper will be synonymous with the National Daniel W. Mead Student Contest topic so students will be encouraged to participate in both competitions. In order to qualify to compete in any of national competitions, each school must submit a paper of no more than 2,000 words written by one student member and present the paper to a panel of judges during the GLSC competition weekend. The judging panel will be composed of various professionals involved in ASCE and/or the field of engineering and a small follow-up discussion will be held after the presentation. 



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