Tuesday, December 30, 2008



CP to the first...

...the Mustangs are on that shizzle!!!

Seattle Snow...Melt

With nothing but an unusual snow pack and the usual rain to melt it away...you could definitely say these SUers will be indoors making some pretty darn good design decisions...giddy up, it's time for a sophomore showcase in Bozeman.

Monday, December 29, 2008

University of Hormozgan Webby

Get it here...welcome Hormozgan to the Steel Bridge Circle!


Aggie Story

Chrome O's design choice is coming down to the nitty gritty, some solid options...after a quick post Navidad discussion, the steel orders will be out and the grease and grime will begin. Good luck to all you vatos locos in the Steel Bridge Community this season. Work hard and you'll be rewarded...slack off and procrastinate...well, best of luck next season, hope you learned something.

trying to remember...no assemblies...old economy estimates are totally out the window...multiply by 2 or something...weird...

(don't forget, we're all human, we all get worn down, keep the faith and keep up the good fight, you'll get there...stay on point!)

UCSD 2008 trip

Triton power vids up their visit to Gator Nation last May.


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Prepare for the Mormon Beatdown

8th Place at 2008 Rocky Mountain...and rising!
(this just in, no spelly Mormon correcto, but correcto now)

The UMKC Team

Steel Willie Rides Again

Akron hopping around...

University of Akron Steel Bridge site...link


UNR's Mid-Pac will welcome our Civil friends from Iran.

University of Homozgan Steel Bridge
...and their blog...

and while we're at it...

MID PAC 2009 WEBBY linko

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Busy as Aggies

Just hitting it hard and getting on it around here.

Suggest ye do ze same!

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Call to CO Alumni

Any and all Bainer Hall keyholders of past Chrome Ollie years, if you forgot to return your Bainer keys to the Civil Office in EUIII...do so immediately, the current Team Chrome Ollie will be keyless until all keys have been returned...

Jessica Revell
Adam Randolph
Jennifer Walley
Liz Rider
Phil Weeks
Chris Quon
Rishi Patel

Monday, September 29, 2008

Loyola Marymount, new page up and running...


Nice Bears! Link

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Utah State Aggies

Defending Rocky Mountain Conference Champs!


Gosh, these designs are so....boring. Though it's cool to see the Stack CNXN's we've been fooling with the past couple of seasons finally come into play.

Stack...lose 3 in. depth, hmm, yeah, supposedly fewer pieces, faster...hmmm...maybe mini truss...hmm...more pieces...grrrrrrr...analyze again...

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Under the Bridge (...lonely as I am...)

...togethuh we cry...

A lot of Bridge Type options so far, but all pretty straight forward. The decisions this season are going to be hard to make because all these Bridges are almost identical, though some have some better constrution options, but really, it's the efficiency that will tell the tale.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bridging Cultures

Q9.1. What is a gap as mentioned in rule 9.2.7?

Nasser Nasser Heydari, University of Hormozgan.
A. A gap is a depressed discontinuity in the decking support surface that is of sufficient lateral extent that rules 9.2.5 and/or 9.2.6 are violated at the longitudinal location of the gap. [9.2.5, 9.2.6, 9.2.7, 9.4]

Welcome Iran!

Monday, August 25, 2008

MidPac 2009

With the Mid-Pacific Regional coming off it's best ever showing in 2008 at the Gainesville NSSBC, we have to believe the competition in this tiny Steel Bridge conference will begin to take on a new form of epic rivalry. Cal is returning as the defending NSSBC champion, the Ags posting 2007 and 2008 finishes in the Top 3, Chico State resurging into Steel Bridge dominance, and San Jose State, Big Sac and San Francisco State continuing to push forward into new realms of creativity and craftsmanship, this could be the most cutthroat Steel Bridge season ever out West. Should be exciting and with the return of the girders, it'll come down to filthy, greasy, fast speed Rock!!!

Now let's get some blood, sweat and tears goin' on up in here!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Get Fixed...

...in case you needed some Kingage:

White Suede Shoes & More

Tuesday, August 05, 2008


The University of Colorado, Boulder has a nicely revamped website with some pics of their 2007-2008 Steel Bridge campaign.


The United States Air Force Academy finishes their robust inlay girder design at the Rocky Mountain regional in Golden, CO.

Monday, August 04, 2008


Don't know how this flew under the radar...

Thank you C of E!!!

Linko Commie Scum!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Speculation Continues...

With 294 Days, 19 Hours, 44 Minutes and 12 Seconds left to go until Vegas, the thoughts of what the NSSBC Committee will do with the Bridge Profile continues to spin around in our heads. Looking at it a little bit further, maybe a quickie timeline will help:

The two span bridges continue, along with ze Causewayz, except this time with efficiency taking the taco for the overall score, the two span beams of 2003, turn into two span truss/beam bridges. One university, however, located in the former Calhoun, South Carolina, dares to be different and continues on with the dual beamage. Accompanied by a thorough understanding of the Rules, some analytical and fabricatal ingenuity, and enough huevos to make Pancho Villa jealous, they devise a plan for the perfect "rule stretcher" of a bridge that is lighter than 100 lbs., and, according to the Rules, deflects less than 0.28" aggregate. But then, just as the pinnacle of this genius is about to be forged to the rest of the nation, the Rules committee is determined to show that there is an actual "Spirit" to this thing called the NSSBC. They proceed to swiftly swoop out of the eagle eyed heavens with their pens and pencils and scratch out the South Carolinans hopes of Epic Steel Bridge Grandeur with an Inovation Award in place of a 1st Place Overall Plaque. Fearing the worst, the committee decides that there are too many schools thinking too darn hard about how to make the perfect "Rules Stretching" Bridge...and thus, unveil the return of the single span bridge...

Could it really be? One Span? What? Wow, wait, it's 21 feet long?? What is this strange profile? This is not my beuautiful house! How did it get here? The committee goes primal and changes the crap out of everything...from a single span bridge to allowing super deep trusses, to making this funky little land mass that builders have to weave their way through like some salsa dancer busting moves on the dustied, sanded hardwood floors of Havana's beachfront. All changes, yet, all is excessively simple, except for figuring out how to build a truss fast rather than just a wee ole' beamer. And there was also this...skew thingy...hmmmmmmmm...

After the 'fast truss' year comes another roughie. Yup, we're gonna lengthen this span, yes we're gonna shrink yo depth, yes we're gonna put a spot on the site that nobody can reach without the help of Yao Ming. Another year of single span, yet simplified on site for easier building...no causeway, no island, no anything to keep you from straight bookin' it back and forth from the yard. With the level of Steel Bridge athlete rising...the committee looks at 2006 and wonders how to level the playing field yet again...

STOP! GO AROUND! COME ON YOU LOOKIE LOOS NOTHING TO SEE HERE! Ahhhhhh, ye ole' jolly revetment...you are so in my way!!! With steel prices on the rise, the NSSBC Committee shows a socio-economic conscious and forces the overweight/overstiff bridges of 2006 to trim yo arse down and get muy thrifty! To help the cause, however, the single span is shrunk to roughly 19', super deep profiles are allowed...(and taken advantage of by those South Carolinans again)...and the clock is ticking you bad mutha! For the first time since 2004, the full depth 'diamond decks' are allowed with the 9" deck window, and with lightness being necessary, so too are the deep decks to help keep 'er stiff. Speed kills, but the revetments slow the single span show just enough to keep folks safe. How on Earth are things gonna change for 2008?

Holy cow, is this like the same Bridge from 2007? No wait, it's gotta be stiffer..."yeah but not much"...we can't go 7' anymore..."so what? well, I reckon to some folks that's a burden"...the revetment is still there..."bloody hell that's lame"...remember Cal's stiffness at Northridge..."yeah, let's box that sucka somehow!"...how stiff is too stiff?..."we'll know after regionals"...this needs to be faster..."ugh, pick a gun and stick to it - but use 2 barges!!!"...6 or 5? 6 or 5?!!!..."let's be rebellious and go with 5, because 6 builders would force a captain into service"...and on and on, and on, and on. Not a huge variation in Rules except for the incredible balance in scoring...for the first time in what seems like, uh ever, a Bridge Team must do everything well to win. Single span survives, but has it peaked?????

And so we look forward to 2009. Hypotheses have flown around quite a bit, as some feel with the addition of barges in 2008, an island type of Bridge will be upon us, possibly returning the two span bridges, but in a fashion that is clarified in favor of the "spirit" of the competition. Will the depth go down? Will we get deep decks again? When will the long beams come into play...multiple beams? Will the 6 builder rule be changed to 3 or 4 max? What could they do that would possibly rid the revetments yet keep the builders moving at a safe pace? There are no answers until "by mid-August!"

Carry on then, the future is nigh.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Top 10

Top Ten Reasons Vegas Will be Fun for the NSSBC:

10. Muliple Steel Bridge arrests for underage gambling.

9. Hooking up with M.I.T. counting cards at the MGM Black Jack tables.

8. Sex in the Stratosphere.

7. Images of Bugsy Siegel getting shot in his backyard as you stroll past the Flamingo.

6. Getting brass knuckled by and old schooler after getting caught counting cards with M.I.T.

5. Cheap prime rib.

4. The abundance of sun, and non-abundance of humidity.

3. The neverending supply of free maraschino cherries.

2. A chance to catch up on secondhand smoke.

1. Bright Lights 24-7!

Monday, July 21, 2008

UF new stuff

The host with the most updates a little...

UF Steel Bridge

Calatrava will go White

It's been a couple of months, a nice look back on the 2008 Champs.


Love from the Capitol

Sac Section represents. Thank you Matt Socha!

ASCE Sac Section Student Chapter News

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Ninguna regla todavía.
Mantiene los ojos abren.

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Neu Mizzou

Mizzou is working on a new blog:


Monday, June 30, 2008

You're in Love?

The 2009 UNLV NSSBC video shown at Gainesville last May.

Saturday, June 28, 2008


Add a College World Series title for Mid-Pac!

Nice one Dogs!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Best Combined Performances at Nats

Single University:

1. University of California, Berkeley
(1st Steel Bridge, 2nd Concrete Canoe)

2. University of Florida
(2nd Steel Bridge, 5th Concrete Canoe)

3. University of Wisconsin, Madison
(6th Steel Bridge, 6th Concrete Canoe)

4. Clemson University
(11th Steel Bridge, 7th Concrete Canoe)

5. Youngstown State University
(18th Steel Bridge, 15th Concrete Canoe)


1. Mid-Pacific
(1st/3rd Steel Bridge, 1st/2nd Concrete Canoe)

2. Mid-West
(4th/10th Steel Bridge, 10th Concrete Canoe)

3. Carolinas
(9th/11th Steel Bridge, 7th Concrete Canoe)

Keep it strong out there, best of luck in 2009!


Congrats to the University of Nevada, Reno for their inspired performance at Montréal.

With Cal taking a NCCC 2nd ...the year of Mid-Pac has now officially ended. ha ha!

Story on the Wolfpack here
Another story hither

4) California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
5) University of Florida
6) University of Wisconsin-Madison
7) Clemson University
8) Michigan Technological University
9) University of California, Los Angeles
10) University of Wisconsin - Platteville
11) Polytechnic University
12) Drexel University
13) Florida Institute of Technology
14) University of Houston
15) Youngstown State University
16) The University of Maine
17) University of Washington
18) United States Air Force Academy
19) Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
20) Fairmont State University
21) Louisiana Tech University
22) Milwaukee School of Engineering

Also big congrats to ÉTS as it is incredibly difficult to host and place at the same competition.

Other Links of Interest:

Complete NCCC2K8 Resultados

Might have to start calling it the Gold Legacy!

Monday, June 16, 2008

A Reminder...

Any future input, comments, hate mail, suggestions, ideas or whatever for this blog...

EMAIL: chromelvis@gmail.com <-----

NOT: chrome.ollie@gmail.com (do not email here)

Believe us when it is said that we love to hear from Teams across the land...WE LOVE IT!!!

From Chico

On MidPac '08:


The 2008 Chico State Steel Bridge Team placed third overall in the Mid-Pac competition. The team began the design of their bridge in the fall semester of 2007 and the construction process started in March. Aaron Malatesta, a senior civil engineering student and the team's captain, had nothing but good things to say about the team's performance, “The collaborative effort of all the individuals who helped make the bridge possible led to an amazing performance in an extremely competitive group.”

Each team's bridge was judged based on their timed construction of the bridge, the strength of the bridge, and it's weight. Of the seven universities competing, Chico finished third in each area. The team has lots of new ideas for next year's bridge and they look forward to the 2009 Mid-Pac competition in Reno.

MidPac Resultados

With a bit more practice and a few fixes, the Wildcats would've done some damage in Gainesville...we need more Steel Bridge Teams to come out!!! Nevada Reno, this means you! We also need another couple of invitees, if Ryerson can't get it done invite the Japanese or the South Korean National Champion...or better yet, let's invite the Germans!!!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Yellow Jackets

Some more exposure for the Georgia Tech Steel Bridge Team

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Golden Reign

The Cal Civil Dept. has put up a video of the Bears' run at Gainesville. Very, very cool.


Wednesday, June 11, 2008


After due consideration and reflection on the past 2 Steel Bridge seasons, us UC Davis Aggies have decided to maintain control of this domain known as "The Blog". Sorry NDSU, maybe after the 2008-2009 season, we'll see.

If anybody out there has questions, cool information, thoughts, ideas or anything else about or for this blog...then email it to:


...in honor of UNLV showing their guns in 2009!

Also, if anybody thinks they'd be up to the task of maintaining this blog for the 2009-2010 season, you better get your name in the running asap. Apply ONLY if you're serious about working this Blog, we're talking daily posts people, otherwise ye need not apply.

Penn State U - University Park

Ughhh, those pesky name Rules...gotta love 'em!

Nittany Progress Here

Monday, June 09, 2008

2008 NSSBC Gallery

Pics from the NSSBC are up on the Gator site:

Oh yeah.

A Little More from Kansas City

UMKC earns its best ever finish in 2008. Go Roos!

Let the Dice Stay Hot

Them Runnin' Rebels have got the ball rolling...

Friday, June 06, 2008

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Flickr Photosets

A couple of Nice ones on Flickr if you haven't seen 'em yet, one from the perspective of Missouri S & T, the other from the Copper Country of Michigan Tech! Kiitos for putting pics up!

From MTU
From Missouri SnT

Leticia is always happy...and mischievous.

A couple of Blue Hens check out our tribal tape job.

Calatravans get in a little Tai chi.

Rust is always sexy, as are Bridge Marshall shirts.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Pics of the 2008 SFSU Steel Bridge Team now up on SFSU's School of Engineering Webby.


Talk about Muchas Chicas...

Monday, June 02, 2008

From the Great Wet North

Seattle University SB site here

Not too sure about load testing in the rain...but the 6 weeks ahead of regionals is definitely a good thing!!!

This is pretty much the best first year of a Steel Bridge Team ever.

Roo Power

SUNY Canton finishes a strong 5th while taking home top marks for Construction Speed and Economy. Not a bad year at all!


Ojo de Aggie Update:

Strongest Steel Bridge Mascot
Kangaroos, SUNY Canton and UMKC

well done fellas!

Friday, May 30, 2008

Ojo de Aggie NSSBC Awards...

...they're down below, Monday May 26th entry...

down hither


Tech Strong Once Again

Georgia Tech finished 9th Overall, another strong showing by the Yellow Jackets.



All Cal in 2008. Congrats Bears!

UC Berkeley Civil

Gainesville Sun

The GS covers the 2008 NSSBC. Got a video too, and if I'm not mistaken, I can see Shuwen bored as usual waiting for the barges and the short side to get ready, and Jeff setting up his piers. Cool, cool, cool. Thank you James Falls!