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Geotechnical Design Team

The 2013 Geotech Team in competition at PSWC
The 2013 Geotech Team in competition at PSWC

Geotechnical Design competition (or “Geotech”) is a three-part competition that tests students on knowledge of both basic and advanced civil engineering principles in the field of geotechnical engineering. Once the guidelines are given, students are required to research, calculate, and test the holding capability of a retaining wall built out of a poster board with reinforcements of craft paper that will work to hold over 100 lbs. of sand, and resist different forces applied to it. The three parts to the competition are the presentation of the retaining wall’s design, the building of the actual wall in the competition, and the testing of the wall.

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Does a piece of paper holding back 500 pounds of sand sound interesting? Then this is the design team for you!

Geotech is a more advanced competition intended for participation of upperclassmen and graduate students, but because we are building our Geotech team at USC, we are looking to all people to help us win. We are seeking people to build and test retaining walls, work on some of the labs with the sand, and continue to build their knowledge of geotechnical engineering, with or without previous training.

Over the previous years, USC has improved overall in Geotech, from being disqualified two years ago to coming 10th last year, beating four qualifying teams and eight teams overall. We aim to continually improve over this year to take the crown.

American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Southern California

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