Our mission is to unite a team of students who will be challenged to an inter-collegiate competition that includes design, fabrication, and construction of a scaled steel bridge that meets the defined specifications. Our team competes against other top colleges and universities across the nation and we aim to be among the best. The competition supplements the education students learn in the classroom by providing a practical project experience. This competition increases awareness of real world engineering issues such as serviceability, safety, aesthetics, and project management.
A BIT ABOUT US
Cal Poly Pomona Steel Bridge is a competition team consisting of undergraduate students within the Department of Civil Engineering. Every year team members work together to plan, design, fabricate, and construct a one tenth scale model steel bridge to compete at the Pacific Southwest Conference and the National Student Steel Bridge Competition in the Spring. This project incorporates technical knowledge with hands-on experience consistent with Cal Poly's "Learn By Doing" motto.
Steel Bridge challenges Civil Engineering students by raising awareness to real world engineering issues. These concerns include meeting a client’s requirements while being efficient and economical. Each year the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) publishes new rules introducing the problem statement, scoring, and materials, components, structural, equipment, and construction specifications. As a result, the process is designing, fabricating, and constructing a 1/10 scale steel bridge abiding to AISC’s rules. A competitive team’s performance consists of construction speed, lightness, stiffness, aesthetics, construction economy, and structural efficiency during the regional and national competition. Click the logo to find out more.
WHAT WE DO
Our team coordinates, schedules meetings, and administers our teams logistic needs.
The design stage requires engineering applications to create a practical bridge that meets certain criteria such as:
• Spatial & deflection constraint
• Structural stability & efficiency
• Connection design
• Member sizing
Our team chooses to fabricate the bridge on campus instead of hiring professionals to further promote our schools “learn by doing” philosophy. Doing so allows students to take into account the practical aspects of a project such as scheduling, constructability, and cost.
The bridge construction is timed and requires students to build the bridge in a particular environment. The construction site simulates real world challenges by accommodating for rivers and hazardous locations.
Pacific Southwest Conference
2nd Place - Stiffness
2nd Place - Efficiency
2nd Place - Lightness
National Student Steel Bridge Competition
6th Place - Stiffness
13th Place - Efficiency
35th Place - Overall
COMMITTED TO OUR CAUSE
Our success relies heavily on fundraising and support from companies such as yours to give us the resources we need to be successful, competitive, and working at our best potential. Our team has a lot to offer from your donations and contributions. Donations can be of services, materials and tools, or money donations. Sponsor names receive a lot of attention at the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC), where many companies, businesses, schools, faculty, alumni, and students attend. The audience and intensity is only increased at the national level. Our generous sponsors will be recognized accordingly.