WVU’s student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers captured third place in the Concrete Canoe Competition at the 2018 Virginia’s Conference, hosted by the Catholic University of America.
Preparations for the event began during the fall semester, when the 16-member team tested more than 32 designs before settling on their winning model, an 18-foot-long concrete canoe that weighed more than 400 pounds. To ensure that the canoe would float, the team had to make sure that their concrete mix had a dry unit weight less than 62.4 pounds per cubic foot, which is the unit weight of water. The final version of their canoe weighed in at 55 pounds per cubic foot.
“Making a concrete canoe is not the easiest task in the world, and it takes a lot of patience and determination,” said team captain Allison Givens, a civil engineering major and Honors College student from Nettie. “Last year our canoe ended up cracking, so being able to place in the top three was a great accomplishment. This year we had a lot of new members join our team, and we’re really proud of how they stepped up to tackle any task that came their way. The dedication of our members is truly what led to our success.”