Wednesday, December 19, 2007

ASCE Student Conferences 2008

A list of all Regional ASCE/AISC Conferences is shown here.

Looks like ASCE has finally updated their student section on their site.

Possible trips for us: Iowa City, IA -- Orlando, FL -- Beaumont, TX -- Easton, PA -- Baton Rouge, LA...any advanced offering for lodging or knowledge exchange would be appreciated!!! All who wish to venture to Davis, CA can sleep at Matt's house, no worries about a hotel or a rental car within the city, all taken care of if you get in touch with Chrome Ollie.

Oh, Oh wait, dude check this out! Lamar University is hosting the Tex-Mex and it has been pushed all the way back to January 26th!!! That's like one more week of preparation than usual. Woohoo! Awesome! Do we really need to say we'll be rooting for down there?


Tuesday, December 18, 2007


Okay, so half of our DK stock is pinch bent near the ends in a pretty shitty way. We'll have to send some of this back and get some straighter stuff asap. Good news is Chris and Jessica are downright annihilating the connection blanks. We've also found a way to cut about 20% of the DK connection weight without sacrificing integrity...AND we may get to use the EDM machine for possible dovetail scenarios (if crash program is needed). Score one for the rounded doves (if we need them).

(if we need them)....

(if we need them).... (please dear God no! we won't need them it's okay, this will work, this will work...)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Feliz Navidad de Wisconsin!

The Badgers are ready to rumble on the 7th.

Great job Wisconsin!

Saturday, December 15, 2007


Big thanks to the lads and lassies in Highland. They got us our big steel order about 20 days faster than we thought it would take. Good call Delicious!

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Ink Lizzard

CO alum (2003-2005) Liz Rider has now attained the position of Newsletter Editor for the Sacramento Section Younger Member Forum. Way to go Liz!
Seen below at YMF's Holiday Party with Philthy Phil who's now at Kiewit (and trying to look interested about civil engineers talking "shop"...Ha!).
To any younguns out there in the Sac Valley who're outta school - go to these events, and mix it up with your own kind!!! YMF Sac Section Link (

Monday, December 10, 2007

Rumble, Young Team, Rumble

80% of our steel order has gone through and we look to begin the bulk of our cutting and precision milling come January 2nd, 2008! In the meantime Jessica, Joe and whoever else is about, will continue to push on what dovetail work we have, original estimates forgot that things get doubled when you're working in plenty more blanks to get well as a bunch of groovie aluminum jigs to help us keep things super precisio! Good luck with Finals all, they suck, yes, but you don't get paid without the degree...unless you work the street, and that sucks more so deal with it.

Until hell week freezes over...geez it's kinda cold, maybe it'll freeze over before we think it will.

Latuz out there...keep it real homies.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Chopped Top

We're currently chopping down the OT to do two things:

1. Create a bridge more conducive for constructors of all heights.
2. Help bolt consolodation along the DK rail.

Should help - we'll lose a bit stiffness perhaps, but overall not much is changing.

Creative Adjustments = Good Times!


Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Walley's World

Good news from Chrome O alum Jennifer Walley.

On the verge of finishing her M.S. here at UC Davis, Cyco JW has received word she has been accepted into the Materials Science and Engineering Department Ph.D program at Georgia Tech.

Still waiting word from Ohio State's Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D program...

Woo Hoo!


While it's finally raining outside, we're as dry and focused in the shop as we've ever been.

Jessica and Matt decided to use the flanges that Joe and Rishi set up for the actual bridge, so we're already off and running. The main steel order from Highland will go in hopefully no later than Wednesday, December 5th. There is a "special" order going into PA, that we'll run off one of our personal Credit Cards because the supplier is still working in the middle ages...great for any true forging blacksmith though!
When that stuff comes in, we should be set to work with it. In the meantime we'll continue to press in the shop...teaching newbies the ropes as we go, while the returners and those with experience, will work on new pieces for real. We have no Tinius beam as of yet, but the quarter's almost over so no worries. We'll just cut and get all pieces ready in the meantime.

Matt and all those interested will finalize all details for the OT and DK. The mockup of the DK will be completed on a smaller scale, but we need a bit more flange tube to see how we can fab it. The protocol for the DK will be interesting, but perhaps with some precision aluminum pieces, it won't be as painful as we previously thought it would.
Meeting tonight, as with all Tuesdays in 1203/1205 Bainer. Besides just sitting and talking about jacko shizzo, we'll actually use these late open hours in the Student Shop to go in for an hour and a half to witness some of the basic mill, lathe, saw, and plasma cutting operations. Should be fun so come one come all!

Work for what you get Ags. Ain't nobody going to do it for you. Ain't nobody going to give you a damn thing. It's your Bridge, you can do it!

Monday, November 26, 2007

Oh Venuuuus...

We've come to a consensus on the "Venus" Design.

As of right now we are finalizing all section sizes from our detailed analytical models in SAP2000. We will send out for the steel order to our supplier in Highland this week.

Currently we are fabricating a m0ck up of our keystone to see how workable it is for construction, but rather than over analyze anything, we're pretty sure we'll learn how to deal with it. The key will be getting the bridge done in a quality fashion as soon as possible. Right now things are looking good because we're about 6 weeks ahead of our typical schedule so that'll mean 6 more weeks of practice right?

We're also going to start work on that DK model. We'll have to fabricate some custom aluminum spacers since it's such a major part of the bridge. When we've perfected the DK fabrication sequence we should be good to roll...AND if we find any trouble spots, we could conceivably switch our connection design to a dovetail/pin hybrid to make it work. It should be overly stout, however, as usual.

Construction sequencing can also commence as we've got a construction site that we'll work with some older Chrome Ollie models. The basic thing we'll have to figure out is "barge to builder interaction" and what will be quick vs. what will be too complicated.

It's always a good thing to keep those old models handy for early construction progression...good for the new people to have something in their hands rather than a baptism by fire in March or April.

Things are looking good here. Hope anybody reading is off to a good start too.

No Pain No Gain Aggies.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

If you build it... will perform, BUT, can we build this baby?

Monday, November 19, 2007


Our last batch of runs from Saturday didn't give us any amazing answers. We'll have to discuss the numbers and talk about the scoring and see what it is we really want our bridge to perform to. 0.15" better stiffness, 15 pounds lighter, or do we want to go for broke on speed...hmmm that loading is the damn juggernaut bitch! We'll just have to talk Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday...

Steel Orders go out the Monday after Thanksgiving...during which time we'll be working on our DK prototype. If we need to change the connection back to doves, we'll know soon enough.

"Don't you know who the f#@! I am?"

Are you a f'n ass?

Friday, November 16, 2007

Round Robin Saturday

AutoCAD, Construction Prep/Practice, Analysis, Welding and General Fabrication, we'll have a Round Robin of Steel Bridge stuff this Saturday.

Start up @ 9:30 a.m. - come earlier if you're a gamer.


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Fab has begun

Hey dudes and dudettes,

Joe has commenced work on the steel racks for the Loft, and Miss Delicious has begun dovetail work. We're off and running. Woo hoo!

Homer says!

Thursday, November 08, 2007


Yo yo yo, Chrome-O,

Returners are meeting tonight, Thursday 11/8, in 1203/1205 @ 5:00 p.m. to watch film on the 2005 Steel Bridge run in Orlando. We're worried about being able to bail away from the bridge if a barge gets stuck on the inside. Hopefully Mr. Fleck and Turndawg will be discussing some preliminary fabrication projects to take shape this Friday and next week. We'll need to order material for the DK mock up.

This Saturday, 11/10, we'll have an informal meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to discuss connections, construction and the upcoming month where we'll need to get into it for real. The design will be finished by 11/20 - there will be one last analysis session on 11/17 (vs. Univ. of San Diego for the football team at home by the way) to run the most detailed models of our design choices. We'll determine our fate Sunday 11/18 and then sleep on it for two more nights, then make our final decision on the meeting for Tuesday 11/20, right before Turkey break.

ALSO, FYI --- There will be a second rules quiz next Tuesday 11/13. This one will be written with about 30 or 40 multiple choice/TorF questions. We'll discuss the answers and make sure we're ALL getting a grasp for this years boundaries and regulations...yes...Rules suck, but there as important as making a perfect bridge, in fact, we can't make a perfect bridge without them.

Until then, study hard, midterms suck, but No Pain No Gain.

Reach For the Sky Big Ags!

Matt might get his first cut this Saturday at Urban there to witness the agony.

Friday, November 02, 2007

USF Bulls

Think all that USF has is an upstart football team looking to prove itself? Wrong! They've got a pretty decent Steel Bridge Team that's still trying to break it's way through the hyper-competitive Southeast Conference en route to Gainesville this season.

Daaaaa Bulls!

USF SBT Google Group here.


The North Central Conferences' Lawrence Technological University is up and running for 2008.

LTU (2nd Place Lightness - 2007 NSSBC)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

11/3 - Causeway Saturday

We're most likely taking this Saturday off. Midterms next week, and we're in a good position analytically so we won't need to press so much. Our best design so far is a very ambitious model. We'll need to brainstorm fabrication techniques before we make the decision to go ahead with it, but it's buildable. A few old school "Penn State" tricks might be in store to make the design easier to build.

After midterms are basically over, we'll go ahead and mock up a connection in the real for the DK and the OT. It should be pretty basic, but without tapered doves, we'll have to be that much more precise and make sure everything is easy to work with assembly-wise...otherwise it isn't worth the effort. The main purpose of the new connections is for speed, not only during assembly, but in the shop. Round one coming soon folks, get fabrication assignments from Miss Delicious aka Jessica Revell.

Go Ags! Swat them Hornets!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Meeting Tonight: 6:10 pm in Chrome O Lab

We'll be discussing Saturday's (10/20) results tonight starting at 6:10 p.m. in 1205 Bainer Hall. Come one, come all, if anybody has any other design ideas, the door is always open for creative thought. Let it be known.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Homecoming Meeting

You know the drill. We're meeting this weekend to continue honing in on the perfect design.

We'll be breaking into two groups.

Group 1: 10am - 11:30am
Group 2: 11:30am - 1pm

Email us at with your group preference.

Group assignments will go out Friday evening.

IMPORTANT: Tuesday meetings will now be held at 6:10pm in 1203 Bainer.

For those of you who have a class conflict, one of the co-captains and/or Matt will be in the room until at least 7:30 so feel free to drop by after your class and we'll give you an update.

There will be a rules quiz at the next Tuesday meeting.

Fame, glory and free candy await those with the knowledge, so check out the rules at

Best of Luck to those taking the EIT on Saturday!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

10/23 Mtg.

Tonight in 1203 Bainer @ 7:10 p.m.

We'll discuss analysis results from Saturday's sessions, what we can accomplish between sessions fabrication-wise, and what we'll analyze this Saturday.

Note: UC Davis Aggies Football on Saturday. Get your free Aggie Pack tix asap at Aggie Stadium. Tailgate in Lot 30 near Rec Pool, free food and drinks. (I hear we'll have a new recipe on some chicken wings)

Friday, October 19, 2007

Penn State Updates

New Look, though it seems they're still working on the display a little bit. As it is now, however, Lafayette is the new power in the Mid-Atlantic, though PSU has a way better website.

Nittany Lions

Nebraska Revampage

The Cornhuskers look like they've done a bit of a facelift too...

Husker ASCE

LSU hosts the Deep South in 2008

Tiger's getting it done as The South Coast continues to rebuild...

Louisiana State University ASCE

Blue Steel

On top of having an upstart football season that beat the likes of LSU, the Wildcats have initiated Blue Steel aka the University of Kentucky Steel Bridge Team!


Iowa State has got a beautiful new ASCE site revamped for the masses.

Idaho, no...I-da-ho!

Them Vandals have finally overhauled their site. Some tight paint lines at Nats in Northridge.

23rd Overall in 2007, not bad for the first time back in a few years. Keep that stiffness.

Hawai'i has PSWRC 2007 pics up

Get a looksy at what's hangin' loose y'all...

Pretty good looking design, light 'n all.

2007 UHM ASCE Squads Compete at UC San Diego's "Big One"

Hogs got 2007 pics up.

University of Arkansas, who competed regionally in Lawrence, KS last spring has got some pics of their 2006-2007 year up.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Saturday - 10/20 - Analysis

New sessions, meet in 1203 Bainer, Saturday, October 20th.

Session 1 - 10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Session 2 - 11:30 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.

All SAP2000 stuff will be conducted in the third floor structural computing labs of EUIII.

Let's get it done! Got some good designs to optimize and tinker with.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Funny clip of the week.

In case you didn't know, Homey Don't Play That...

Homey at the Carnival

UF Clip

2008 NSSBC Host, UF, has a Photo Montage of their trip to Northridge, CA. Digging the music a Cholo!

UF Steel Bridge Goes to Northridge 2007.

*side note link

Monday, October 15, 2007

Tuesday Meeting 10/16

Meeting Announcement:

Tuesday, 10/16, 7p.m.
1003 Kemper Hall

Be there or be really lame and stuff.

Thursday, October 11, 2007


Also, don't forget.

Granite Construction will talk tonight for the ASCE group.

Thursday, October 11th
@ 7 p.m. - Kemper 1003

I believe there's an IPOD up for grabs to a lucky raffle winner.

Granite has always supported Chrome Ollie ($$$) so stop by, say hi, and say thank you.

Saturday/Tuesday 10/13 & 10/16

From Miss Revell:

"You guys were awesome at the Tuesday meeting. Thanks for all your help! We will be meeting next Tuesday (10/16) at 7pm in 1003 Kemper. As for Saturday (10/13), team members experienced with SAP will be breaking up into three groups and partnering with the newbies.

The groups are as follows:

(1) 10:00 - 11:30 am
(2) 11:30 am - 1 pm
(3) 1 pm - 2:30 pm

If you plan to come to the meeting on Saturday, please email your time preferences (group 1 - group 3 in order of your preference) to:

See you Saturday!"
Also, on a side note. There's a football game on Saturday as well that starts at 1;30 p.m. at Aggie Stadium. UC Davis is playing Cal Poly. All of you who have tickets are invited to the tailgate which will start at 8 a.m. in the Rec Pool parking lot. CO head student advisor Matt Turner will be there along with a lot of the other boys and gals. We'll have the BBQ and the ahem...beverages...ready for consumption. Even if you don't have a ticket, you're welcome to swing on by, talk football, grab a brat or burger and have a little fun.

Go Ags beat Poly!!!

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Kickoff Meeting

We had an informal (as if there were a formal) meeting today for all newcomers and returners. There was a good turnout, and not just civil, we had some mechanical and aeronautical engineering students express interest in welding and machining during the winter too!!! That's awesome and totally what we're looking for. Some vatos of height were also in attendance so that bodes well for construction.

'Delicious' laid out the basics of the design/build year including what we'll be up to this Saturday, which is Horseshoe Classic day here on campus as we battle Cal Poly at Aggie Stadium. We'll run 3 one hour sessions of SAP analysis in EUIII to get all new designers a basic experience of the AutoCAD DXF wireframe to SAP transfer. Matt will design 3 new deck options for this year's design for them to work on so it won't just be a practice'll be for real! The typical box deck we've been looking it shows a little too much shear lag from one rail to the other, so two maybe three other design alternatives that have been discussed will be built from scratch for cross analytical examination. Should be fun.

Our next meeting is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, October 16th, probably somewhere in Bainer - exact classroom t.b.a. - when in doubt, however, you can almost always find somebody in the 1203 Bainer lab. Next Tuesday we'll go over some specifics from the 2008 National Student Steel Bridge Competition(NSSBC) Rules, look at some initial design options (we're basically down to 2 right now - as 3 others have been eliminated), and we'll watch some construction film from Northridge, and possibly Orlando...since we never managed to bring back any film from Salt Lake City. 2004 film may also prove useful as it incorporated a barge - we've got Wisconsin's (On Wisconsin!) run from Golden, so that may be worth a look.

Until Saturday and/or Tuesday - that's it from Chrome Oville. Stay low out there, and keep those feet movin'!

Have you got that attitude?

Friday, October 05, 2007

MSCD 2007 pics up

Metropolitan State College of Denver displays their
2006-2007 Rocky Mountain Conference effort.

Ouch! Well, we all know what this feels like. Right?

PNWRC 2008

Portland State gets set for the best of the Northwest! Go Viks!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007


Big recruiting event this Thursday!!!

Dept. of Civil Engineering Ice Cream Social
Kemper Courtyard
Thursday, October 4th
2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Let's be out there in full force and get some new blood into the mix.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Week 1

We've got a ton of recruitment and public relations events to prep for next week. Especially the new student Ice Cream Social. We'll display the 2006 bridge along with all associated hardware out by Kemper Hall. Also, design will continue today -- all those who've been away for the summer should get up to speed or at least start reading the rules. Next Monday 9/30 or Wenesday 10/2 we'll have our first SBT officers meeting - need to set goals for the 2007-2008 year (besides the obvious). Let's get the ball rolling for real now folks. Time to ram it home!!!
Stewie Griffin: God, all this work keeping people from having sex, now i know how the Catholic church feels! Za ziiing!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Mtg. Wed. 9/26

Delicious, Shortie McShort Short, King Rishi and Mr. Ike Turner will be meeting in the 1203 Bainer Loft at 4 p.m. to discuss the opening weeks of fall quarter. Wednesday 9/26.

Edit 9/26/07: We'll be meeting on the 3rd Floor of EUIII as originally planned.

Until then...keep on rockin' in the free world.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

9/19 cancelled, New Design concepts

Hey y'all, in light of Miss Delicious burning herself out last night prepping a no doubt flawless presentation for the Roberts-Gerwick Conference, we'll cancel tonight's meeting to let her sleep.

Two new design concepts will get in the mix tomorrow or Friday:

1. We'll try 'Overdeck V 1.0' concepts incorporating more overall depth at the loaded elevation.
2. We'll also try the 'Twin Dongs' truss concept, which should provide more stability up top.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Mtg. Wed. 9/19

We'll meet in EUIII this Wednesday at about 4:30 p.m. Going to discuss 2007-2008 goals, what we need to accomplish these next 2 months, and do some advanced planning for MIDPAC 2008 Steel Bridge.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Looks, Mtg. Thursday 9/6

We'll have a meeting Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. in 1203 Bainer Hall. We'll try some newer ideas, things that may or may not be easy to fabricate, but we should analyze them to see if the philosophy has the numbers to back it up. Construction estimates are still being thought out. Let's keep ramming it home people!

Thursday, August 23, 2007


We're going to set up a simple SAP deck startup file and rerun all pertinent bridge selections up 'til now so we don't get any more conflicting analytical numbers. Friggin' SAP, always helping us maintain quality control. After the checks on our previous numbers, we'll start to try structural additions on the deck and/or anywhere else we can think of.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007


The wedding was beautiful! Best of luck to Frank and Karen in the future. Have fun in Greece!


This Wednesday we'll analyze some different style bridges. Basically geometry changes on trusses, we'll also get a sense for axial and bending loads across the span at best case (1,6) and worst case (6,1) loadings. Construction analysis will continue to progress.

In the meantime, just keep on rockin', NO IDEAS BARRED!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Alumni News

This weekend, 2004 Chrome Ollie alumni and welding extraordinaire Karen Lam is getting married to 2003-2004 University of Michigan Steel Bridge alumni Frank Duff in Frankenmuth, MI. Yes, they met at a Steel Bridge Competition, 2004 Nationals in Golden, CO.

Congratulations Frank and Karen!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

New Style

On to the next batch of bridges...these ones are done for now.

Let's tinker...

Presenting to the Big Bridge Cats...

We've been officially invited to speak during lunch at the Roberts/Gerwick Memorial California Bridge Conference in Sacramento. Our event will take place on Wednesday, September 19th, from 11:45am - 1:15pm. We will display the 2005 bridge and/or the 2007 bridge. To give a clear presentation we will probably need at least two speakers, though Delicious could probably do the thing herself. Above all we'll need a crew of at least 3 people to set up the bridges for presentation. Perhaps a cleaning and aesthetic party will be needed for the 2007 bridge. The 2005 bridge still looks cherry, so no worries there. Also, we'll need transport to Sac. The bridges will be encased in 4 large boxes. If anybody has a truck, or at least a lot of trunk space, then bring it on out, otherwise we'll have to get a department truck. The event will take place at the Holiday Inn, 300 J Street in Sac.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Construction Analysis

It's so damn difficult to get an idea on how fast these bridges can be assembled.

You got sequences heavy on 1 member assemblies.
You got sequences trying to utilize all 3 member assemblies.
You've got barges, 1 or 2.
You've got coordination between barge(s) and the the banks.
You've gotta keep all hands occupied, not just the barges.
You've gotta mind the floodway.
You've gotta keep those bolts minimal, or do you just keep it straight forward and work the 3 member assemblies.

Ughhh, it's a headache.

At this point, designing a bridge with the most viable construction options may be the best bet for a goot economy.

Right now, we'll just get a rough idea of how many good options there are for each bridge.

Then we'll strip down efficiency into primal components and dig in for a few weeks coming up with the best structures. the meantime of all of this, we'll see if we can work the "overdeck" into the equation. It'll be tougher to fab, but it may prove too efficient to pass up.

Go Ags!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

First Analysii

Initial results were not astounding, the 4 bridges behaved relatively in the same matter. There is an obvious structural similarity with each bridge type, and the subtle differences between them didn't make that much difference. Today we will get a solid construction index for each bridge, talk some other possible designs, and then decide how we want to proceed with design progression (i.e. geometry tricks, different decks, "overdecks" etc.).

Side note: Detroit Lions vs. Cincinnati Bengals tonight at Ford Field. Former Aggie WR Tony Kays (#13) is playing for the Bengals while Former Aggie QB J.T. O'Sullivan (#14) is going to get a great deal of playing time for Detroit as he's battling Dan O for the backup QB spot behind Kitna.


Tuesday, August 07, 2007

This is DAVIS!

As we continue to gather our forces at the entry to the Hot Gates, we are analyzing our attack and defense plans as we go. Tuesday, 8/7, we will analyze 4 of our basic designs in SAP 2000 v. 10. We also have geometric variatons of each design along with one new one, lower in profile, that we will get into after our initial results. Weight, average deflection across 2 or 3 different loading scenarios, and other factors such as construction index will be considered for each design. The Persians don't stand a chance against our spears and determination.


Friday, August 03, 2007


Me hankkia formuloida neljä emäksinen peli kirjake , joka ainoa -lta heidät has by muuttaa että me toukokuu hankkia jotta sisu jotta koska -lta hieman muuttaa lastaus käsikirjoitus ja kaivata ajaksi jäykistyä ( ei sytytin ) peli. Aikoinaan me panna alku- runo we'll asiakassuhde eri aikoa joten että he aari enemmän constructable. Jäljessä että , me jälkisäädös ajatella -lta telapölkyt jotta edistyä dekki esitys , koska kummuta koska jokin kansirakenteet jalkeilla edellä. Tokko paikalla on ainoa asia että me osata jokseenkin se on kuinka jotta kasata bridge-peli joutuin. Me jälkisäädös arastella jotta meidän guns nyt kuluva höystää ja johtua rikki ampuva. Sisu Ags!

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Tuesday July 31, 2007

Faiyaz, Alex, Delicious and Matt discussed constructability of all the basic options given the new construction site and the option of barges. We'll analyze at least one bridge on Thursday, August 2nd in EUIII. Until then, keep working on those AutoCAD wireframes.

"If you're all brains and have no vision then that means you suck"