USC ASCE Pacific Southwest Conference 2014 team picture.

Pacific Southwest Conference

Beach Volleyball Tournament at PSWC 2014.

The Pacific South West Conference (PSWC) is ASCE’s annual student chapter competition that puts civil engineering skills to the test. The competition involves a wide range of events including, but not limited to, concrete canoe, steel bridge, environmental design, geotechnical design, surveying, quiz bowl, technical paper, concrete bowling, and several sports tournaments. The competition features three full days of events with an awards banquet on the last day. Over 1000 Civil & Environmental Engineering students compete each year, representing 18 universities in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii.

2014 USC ASCE PSWC Team.
2014 USC ASCE PSWC Team with our Concrete Canoe, DiSCovery II, after canoe race day.
PSWC 2014: Mystery Event
Water Balloon Slingshot at the Mystery Event competition, where the competition remain a mystery until we get there.

Our design teams spend most of the year preparing for their competitions at PSWC. The 18 competing universities pose a high level of competition, but our teams have improved steadily in recent years. After placing 3rd overall at PSWC 2014, our highest rank since 1994, the 2015 USC team repeated with another 3rd place overall for the first time in our recorded history, led by first-place finishes in Technical Paper, Scavenger Hunt, Ultimate Frisbee, and Mystery Event. We’re looking forward to continuing to build on our recent successes at PSWC 2016!

Check out our results for the past few years and future host schools below. For more information about PSWC, check out our PSWC blog, which includes photos from every event at PSWC 2014.

Year Host Overall Rank Concrete Canoe Rank Steel Bridge Rank 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
 2015 U of A  3rd  5th  DQ Technical Paper, Scavenger Hunt, Ultimate Frisbee, Mystery Event Concrete Canoe Design Paper, Talent Show, Quiz/Family Feud
 2014 SDSU  3rd  6th  3rd Scavenger Hunt Concrete Canoe Design Paper
2013 USC  12th  14th  10th  Environmental
2012 CPP  13th  12th  11th Quiz Pong

PSWC 2016 will be hosted by California State University, Long Beach, March 31 – April 2, 2016. Upcoming Conference Hosts:

  • 2016: CSU Long Beach
  • 2017: UC Irvine
  • 2018: ASU/NAU Co-hosting

PSWC is a self-organizing group of universities supported by ASCE. Our constitution is updated every year at the PSWC business meeting and explains the conference administration procedures. Latest PSWC Constitution.

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