Steel Bridge January 2015 Update


This is Dan and Ben, your Steel Bridge captains this year. We are very thankful for the people who have been working hard this past semester to help us design the bridge. Last semester, we primarily focused on coming up with this year’s design and teaching new members how to use the equipment in the lab.

Based on the constraints of this year’s problem, we brainstormed with our team ways to reduce the stresses on the connections, minimize difficult fabrication issues, and speed up construction. We were also able to speak to our ASCE faculty advisor and structural engineering professor, Dr. Brandow, for his advice on the bridge design. We finalized our design last semester and look forward to seeing it come to life this semester.

We just received our steel over winter break, and we can finally begin working on fabrication! We definitely need all the help we can get. The beginning of the semester we will primarily be focusing on fabricating the members and connections in the lab. This will entail cutting and sanding the steel members to size, creating our connections, and welding the pieces together. After that, we will be able to start practicing constructing the bridge in order to build it as fast as possible.

If you’re interested in helping with this year’s bridge, it’s not too late! You can come to our meetings on Friday mornings in the KAP basement to help out, or email us at

Your #SteBri Captains,

Ben and Dan

Bridge assembly competition team.

Sponsorship Announcement: PENTA Building Group

We are pleased to announce that the PENTA Building Group has become a “Cardinal & Gold” Sponsor of USC ASCE for 2014-15 with their donation of $1,000. The PENTA Building Group is a general contractor that specializes in hospitality/entertainment, gaming, education, healthcare, and tribal. They recently finished the major renovation of the SLS Hotel & Casino, formerly known as the Sahara. PENTA will also be on USC campus this coming semester, remodeling part of the USC Davidson Conference Center at the corner of Jefferson/Figueroa. Although PENTA is based in Las Vegas, they also have regional offices in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Tulsa. PENTA is excited to be sponsoring our USC team in April at the 2015 ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Learn more at our sponsorship page.

Concrete Canoe December 2014 Update

Hi everyone,

My name is Ethan Davidson, and I am one of the Concrete Canoe captains this year. I head up the construction and structures sub-teams which have been working hard in preparation for PSWC. Here is a look at some of the things construction has been doing this semester and what we’re working towards.

Our construction sub-team is busy testing mold removal techniques to be used in the construction process of our canoe which is planned tentatively for the end of January. We also just began construction on our canoe stands which will be used for displaying our canoe during competition, and we just finished a practice pour day where we mixed, poured, and cured a section of our canoe to practice all the techniques we will be using during the real pour day in January. A few weeks ago we also got together to destroy Discovery I (one of last year’s canoes) in order to make room for our new construction projects.

canoe beforecanoe after

If you’re at all interested in learning more about concrete canoe you should come out on Fridays at 3pm to KAP basement to help out, or shoot us an email at

See you around!

USC ASCE PSWC 2015 Registration Information

Registration is now open for USC ASCE members to attend PSWC 2015! The Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) brings together over 1000 civil and environmental engineering students for a plethora of competitions, ranging from concrete canoe and steel bridge to dog house, environmental design, sports, and more. USC ASCE members can register for the conference and find all details here.

If you missed the PSWC Info Sessions we held last week, you can view our presentation slides here. Here’s a quick summary of the conference timeline and registration costs:

  • November 17th – membership payment due for reduced PSWC cost
  • December 5th – priority registration deadline
  • January 12-24th – info sessions
  • January 19 – April 7th – design & competition team meetings/practices
  • January 26th – final registration deadline
  • March 1st – team documents due
  • March 13th – competition teams finalized, individual schedules released
  • April 8-12th – PSWC 2015

Priority Registration – $160

  • Friday, December 5, 2014
  • Two-payment option available

Final – $180

  • Monday, January 26, 2015
  • All payments due in full

You MUST become a member of USC ASCE and ASCE nationals before registering for PSWC! $10 off if you pay your USC ASCE membership dues by Monday 11/17/14. Once you fill out the registration form, you can submit payments to our box in KAP 213 OR give to an E-Board member.

We’re looking forward to an awesome conference and to defending our 3rd place overall finish from last year! Email if you have any questions.

Sponsorship: Atkinson

We are pleased to announce that Atkinson Construction has become a “Tommy” sponsor with their donation of $500. This is the second straight year that Atkinson has sponsored USC ASCE; their sponsorship last year helped Steel Bridge achieve a third place finish at PSWC. You can learn more about Atkinson at their website


ATK logo


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Learn more at our sponsorship page.

Sponsor Announcement: Hall & Foreman Inc.

We’re pleased to announce our first “Tommy” sponsor for 2014-15: Hall & Foreman, a division of David Evans and Associates, Inc. Hall & Foreman provides engineering, surveying, and land planning solutions for clients throughout Southern California. As a sponsor, they will fund our design teams, allowing them to continue their steady growth in recent years at the PSWC 2015 competition in April.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Learn more at our sponsorship page.

2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference Panama in Pictures

Five USC representatives traveled to Panama City, Panama last week for the 2014 ASCE Global Engineering Conference. In addition to attending various technical sessions and networking with professionals, we visited several significant architectural and engineering sites, including the Panama Canal. For more information about the conference, read my post here.

Join us for the Fall 2014 CEE Student Orgs Tailgate!

Team huddle selfie.

Please join us for the Fall 2014 CEE Student Orgs Tailgate! Meet members from USC’s American Society of Civil Engineers,  Construction Management Association of America, Institution of Transportation Engineers, Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, and Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honors Society. Food and drink will be provided.

Date: October 4th, 2014
Time: 11:30am-4:30pm
Location: Email to be sent day of with confirmation

Please contact our social chairs at with any questions. See you there!

Announcing Our First Sponsor for 2014-15: Patrick Lumber Company

We’re pleased to announce our first sponsor for the 2014-15 academic year: Patrick Lumber Company. Patrick Lumber is a lumber distributor, exporter, and re-manufacturer specializing in Vertical Grain Doug Fir, Western Red Cedar, Southern Yellow Pine, Hemlock, and more since 1915. As a Cardinal and Gold Sponsor, they will provide valuable funding to support our Concrete Canoe and Steel Bridge projects and our USC team at the 2015 ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference.



Interested in becoming a sponsor? Learn more at our sponsorship page.


First General Meeting Recap

Thank you for attending USC ASCE’s first general meeting! Our executive board enjoyed getting to know everyone and sharing information about our organization.



If you couldn’t attend our first general meeting, you can still get involved with USC ASCE! Please visit our membership page at and complete the linked form. Dues for the 2014-2015 semester are $30. Our next general meeting isn’t until mid-October, but you can still contact our design teams to learn more about getting involved. You can contact the Concrete Canoe team at and the Streel Bridge team at



Our paper, pencil, and tape bridge-building competition was quite competitive. Our older members had a great time sharing their knowledge of structures while guiding freshmen to build the most successful bridge. This semester we really hope to establish a strong sense of community between all students in the civil engineering major at USC.


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