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PSWC 2016 Twitter Feed

PSWC 2016 took place this year at California State University, Long Beach. USC ASCE took home 3rd place overall for the third year in a row! While we continue to organize our photos, please enjoy this compilation of all of our tweets throughout the weekend! Follow us on twitter and check out our facebook page to keep up with ASCE on our  future adventures.

Day 1: General Display Day, CSULB








USC scored 1st place in Jeopardy!




Day 2: Concrete Canoe Race Day,  Marine Stadium







After a series of obstacles courses against the Kimley Horn mascot, USC placed 1st in the mystery event!





Day 3: Steel Bridge Competition Day, CSULB



Justine’s technical paper won 1st place among all schools! Check it out at the link below:












Pour Day 2016

I first joined concrete canoe my sophomore year because I was drawn to the aesthetic component of designing and staining the canoe. Little did I know how much of a large part of my time at USC concrete canoe would become. Two and a half years and multiple canoes later, I’ve successfully finished my fifth–and hopefully final–pour day. The feeling is a little bittersweet, but first and foremost, my co-captain Karina and I would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who showed up to help us out (this is the first year that the entire ASCE eboard came out!). We made a few changes in the weeks between our first and second pour days, and the small alterations really made a huge difference in the process and final product.

This year, our canoe is named That ’70s Canoe, and aptly displays the vibe and colorful culture of the 1970s. The rule change this year banned the use of stains, so we incorporated colors in our own way by creating a tie-dye design and using precast concrete tiles to display a rainbow mosaic peace sign and flowers in the interior of the canoe. The pour day process to get all of our aesthetic components done was a long one–captains showed up to KAP at 8AM with the rest of the team arriving around 9AM, and we covered the canoe to wet cure at 12AM. There were a lot of ups and downs throughout the day, but everyone pushed ahead, and we were able to successfully complete the process, with the remaining members topping the night off with some celebratory midnight ice cream sundaes!
As a graduating senior, I’ve been heavily involved in 5 pour days now, and although it is a rigorous process, it feels a little strange to have completed the last one. Concrete canoe has taken up a huge chunk of my free time for the past two and a half years, but it has allowed me to meet some super amazing people and some of my best friends (that can also help me with my homework). I’m extremely proud of what we accomplished so far this year, and I can’t wait for the months to come and for PSWC!