What is the ASCE Pacific Northwest Student Conference?
The ASCE Pacific Northwest Student Conference is one of many regional student conferences held annually as an opportunity for ASCE student chapters in their respective regions to showcase their skills and achievements by designing, building, and/or competing in various civil engineering activities. The Pacific Northwest region (PNW) comprises of 20 universities from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. This year, the PNW Student Conference will be hosted by the University of Washington in Seattle with over 300 students expected in attendance! See below for more information about the various competitions!
Concrete Canoe Regional Competition
The ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) was first held in 1988 with the objective of challenging students to design, build, and compete with water-worthy concrete canoes. This competition provides civil engineering students with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills while applying the knowledge they have acquired in the classroom. Entries in this competition are judged based on their response to the Request for Proposal (RFP), an oral presentation, aesthetics and finish of the canoe, and race performance. Get more info here!
Environmental Regional Competition
In the Environmental Competition, students are given a scenario in which a major earthquake has struck the Pacific Northwest, destroying critical infrastructure including our water supply. With no definitive timeline for access to clean water again, the students are tasked with designing a water filtration system to treat a nearby water source with only materials that can be found from local hardware stores. Proposed designs will be judged on effluent quality, filtration speed, water retention, and the associated technical paper and poster. The top 5 finalists will also do an oral presentation.
Surveying Regional Competition
In this competition, students are tasked with applying basic surveying principles on a plot of land. Surveying tasks include pacing, differential leveling, and stakeout. Learn more here!
Sustainable Solutions Regional Competition
The Sustainable Solutions Competition challenges students to use the design-build delivery method to create sustainable structures that solve real-world civil engineering problems. This year’s competition is based on tactical urbanism where participating teams are tasked with designing and fabricating a prototype bus stop for an upcoming global athletic event. Prototypes shall be designed to shelter occupants from the elements. Proposed solutions will be judged based on the technical paper, timed construction & inspection, presentation & interviews, and sustainability based on the Envision rating system. Learn more here!
Technical Paper Regional Competition
The Technical Paper Competition was established by Daniel W. Mead in 1939 to encourage students to gain professional writing skills to advance their qualifications in the workforce. The paper consists of an essay written in 2000 words or less on a given topic to be presented at the regional conference. Find more info here!