Thursday, March 05, 2009

Author's Final Note

For various reasons, circumstances, time, and personal feelings this Blog will stop posting from the UC Davis end as of March 5, 2009. It has been fun while it lasted, but yours truly has had it. The students are changing too fast, but more importantly I just don't see the same level of drive, incessant leadership, and time commitment that was once there. The Commitment to Excellence is fading as I see it, and it's just not that fun anymore for this author. However, Despair Not! The spirt lives on in the youth of the Competition, so to all you out there taking on the beast known as Steel Bridge, I encourage you to build your Universities' reputation by first, working your ass off making the best Bridge possible, second, be upbeat, positive and talk to teams both at and away from Competition, and of course, lastly, scanning the internet obsessively looking for the articles, videos, pics and any other blurbage on the Teams of the Nation. Thank you all for reading and commenting, I wish you all the best for the 2008-2009 Steel Bridge season...


On the forecast

Maybe having to cut corners! Nothing beats a countdown to Regionals like practicality.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Jigging and Milling and Welding Oh My!

Still "March"ing on...ha ha ha...

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Deep Sur

Deep South Conference coming to Arkansas State...

article hither

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Blurbage on the Pacific Northwest Regional in Helena/Bozeman.

Blurby Durby

Monday, February 23, 2009

Just Because...

In tribute to the King...

And the Thunder Rolls...

We're starting to get frames together, with some spit and glue we'll get them done by Saturday so we can continue to crank out all the dovetails and get going on the not so jiggy parts of the puente. Exciting and Interesting Times...Let us hope it is not a Chinese Curse!!! This is America right? Ah, whatever, the Beijing Olympics were awesome, but the gymnastas seemed a wee bit young.

Go Ags! We March On!

Keep on rockin' in the Bridge World.

Friday, February 20, 2009


Follow the super sophomores as they gear up for the PNWRC in Bozeman...Looks like today was supposed to be LOAD DAY...we'll see if they're on target.


Shaping Up... be a big weekend. A lot of frames to jig and weld tomorrow, and it's Leti's cumpleaƱos, so we'll have to break out the sugar...whooooooo ja!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Possible Regional Visit(s)

Right now, the only one that stands out as reasonable is a Friday night trip to Provo, UT for the Rocky Mountain Regional Steel Bridge Competition on April 4th. Only about an 11 hour drive to get there straighaway from Davis.

If anybody else out there wants to sponsor a formal regional visit, email Hope to hear from you, but it's understandable that this request is completely nuts.

Fargo is Go!

Midwest up next @ North Dakota State University. Can't seem to see any kind of Regional Conference site for the Bisonators, but the dates are March 19-20. Be there or be rhomboidlike.

No, nobody from Davis will be trekking there way to the cold, white confines of Hector and its neighboring NDSU campusade, but we wish the competitors the best!...and let us know how all the schools did!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

They got a shirt.

CP SLO has secrured a shirt just got to get that puente ready...

'Stangy Stang Stangs

Willie's back in the saddle...

K-State's Collegian documents the ambitions of this season's Kansas State Steel Bridge Team.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Fresh Sparks

Mid-Pac getting some print...Wolfpack too.


Saturday, February 07, 2009

Roadrunner Spirit

From the UTSA Civil website:

You may recall UTSA as a past National Timber Bridge Champ: link

Ollie be...

...behind schedule. Get on it Ags!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Burning down the House!

Around here it's into the shop, and don't come out until everything has been cut, ground, machined, holed, deburred and polished to perfection...then it's into the other lab...where there is no all, ha ha ha ha!

Steel has been ordered for a while now...streamlining the fab plan as much as possible once it gets in.

Mexico Nuevo

No, not Southern California...the AGGIES of NEW MEXICO STATE.



We might have a return of the OG's...aka Michigan.

Michigan Steel Bridge

here's to the maize and blue! death threats please!!! ;-)

1 Up!

You gotta love Iowa State...


When their not surfing...

...they're updating their webby!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Tex-Mex Results


1st Place - Texas A & M University, College Station
2nd Place - University of Texas, San Antonio
3rd Place - Texas Tech University

Not entirely sure on this end, but this could be UTSA's and TTU's first Nationals bid. Groovy.

Word from the field is to watch those dimensionaly restraints, especially clearance and the inside of deck to inside of deck distances. Besides the Overall, TAMCS pretty much mopped up on all other categories...they look to be the class of the '09 Tex-Mex field. Also, FINALLY, the 2010 Tex-Mex regional will take place in March. This should significantly level the playing field, so looking to see some cooler design stuff from this Conference next season.

Friday, January 09, 2009


Texas A&M College Station is fixin' to host the 2009 Tex-Mex regional. Dates: January 16-17. We all remember the heartbreak of the Longhorns last season, hopefully this Texas sized conference will once again put out some high end work for 2009!

Good Luck & Go Aggies!

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Sweet MidPac Setup

From MidPac Website:

There is a lot of buzz right now at UNR about this competition for various reasons. For starters, UNR Steel Bridge has not been a regular fixture in the Mid-Pacific Conference since the early 1990s and UNR has finally put together a Steel Bridge Team that is entirely capable of bringing the bridge back to Nevada. An even bigger reason for the buzz lies in the fact that UNR has taken large steps to make this the BEST steel bridge competition in the history of the Mid-Pacific Region.

The UNR Steel Bridge Captain has joined the Mid-Pac Committee to help oversee the hosting and we are working with UNLV as a co-host for this particular competition. The reason we are teaming together is that UNLV is the National Steel Bridge Competition host for 2009 and they are required to host a competition before they can run Nationals. Unfortunately, their region is being hosted in Hawaii and it is very costly to get the equipment there.

UNR also wanted to use digital equipment to measure the displacements on the bridge to increase accuracy. By having UNLV as a co-host we should have all of the digital equipment needed. Our bridge captain and Mid-Pac Chair are working with UNLV's team to get them up here to oversee the competition. Together, we will organize the event and then on the day of event our bridge captain will be uninvolved to keep the competition fair and partial.

Another exciting development is that for the first time in recent history, the Steel Bridge competition will be hosted in an indoor arena! Lawlor Event Center, home of the UNR Wolf-Pack Basketball Team, will be the location for the entire competition. This is exciting because the wooden basketball court is removable and below it is a concrete floor. This venue allows for a great building surface in a controlled environment. There is no chance of weather impeding on the event!

And, last but not least, UNR will be host to the University of Hormozgan, Iran Steel Bridge team! This team was invited by the Mid-Pac 2009 Committee to be a guest participant. While the team cannot place regionally or move on to the National Competition, they can participate and meet other engineers. This is a once in a lifetime experience for all who are involved and we ask that all the participants and spectators make them feel welcome!

The UNR Mid-Pac Committee can't wait to see all of you at the event. Have fun welding and we will see you in April!