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CBU Hosts ASCE Deep South Conference

The Christian Brothers University School of Engineering will play host to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Deep South Conference on March 27-29. The Deep South Conference is held every year to foster desirable relations among the student chapters and clubs within the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee.

The main goal of the conference is to further technical, professional, and ethical knowledge of these students as it relates to civil engineering. This goal is carried out by hosting annual competitions that allow students to apply the principles and concepts they have learned in their undergraduate studies.

This year’s conference, with events to be held at Christian Brothers High School, Shelby Farms Patriot Lake, and the Agricenter International, will feature five competitions:

The Concrete Canoe Competition challenges the students’ knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. The Canoe competition will be held on March 28 at Patriot Lake, with display and aeasthetic judging of the canoes at 8:00 a.m. The Canoe Swamp Test will be held at 9:30 a.m., followed by Slalom Races at 10:30 a.m. The finale Canoe Sprint Races will be held at 1:30 p.m.

The Steel Bridge Competition is a comprehensive project experience that takes students from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing. The end result is a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The Bridge Setup will take place on March 29 in the West Pavilion of Agricenter International at 8:00 a.m., with the competition following from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Surveying Competition tests students’ abilities at the technique, profession and science of surveying through three events. The Level Loop event tests surveying skills associated with establishing elevations. The Traverse Loop tests the ability to run an open traverse given one known point (northing/easting) and a basis of bearings.  The Surveying Estimates event tests the ability of the students to estimate horizontal distances between two set points by pacing and estimate the horizontal angle between two distant objects without using any tools, instruments or accessories. The Surveying Competiton will take place on March 28 at Patriot Lake, 9:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

The Mead Paper Competition is an oral paper presentation, named in honor of the 67th President of the American Society of Civil Engineers, that provides an opportunity for young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain national attention. 
Addressing the topic of “Natural Disasters – What are the Civil Engineer’s Responsibilities?”, the papers should not exceed 2000 words and must bne written by one person. Presentations will be made on March 29 in the Seminar Room of Agricenter International, 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Winning papers will be egible to compete in the national contest.

The Mystery Competition challenges students to to use provided materials to accomplish the given task at hand, to build teamwork, encourage attention to detail, recognize and apply relevant analysis/design information, and most importantly, to have fun! The task and the materials will be provided at the time of the competition, hence the “mystery.” The Mystery Competition will be held on March 29 in the Seminar Room of Agricenter International, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Competition events will also be broadcast online at

More information on the Deep South Conference can be found at

Posted by Devon Wade at 4:08 PM