Tonight I will be finishing up my design for the Big Beam Competition that I mentioned in a previous blog. I’m working in a group of two others students who are also making their own designs, then we will pick the best design. The best design will consider the strength of the beam, the cost of the beam, and the practicality of the beam. I’m actually really excited about this assignment, because I understand the material (my professor teaches us very thoroughly) so at this point, I am making small adjustments in my design and seeing how it changes the overall beam.
After class tomorrow, my professor will be deciding who will advance further in the competition. We have to submit a summary and cost analysis along with the design, which will make it easier for my professor to decide the best one. Next week, we will be going to a fabrication plant where the winning beam will actually be made and tested with loading! I know that might not sound like the most interesting thing to do on a Saturday, but this is a Civil Engineering major’s cup of tea 😉
I’ll hopefully know who the winner is by Friday, which I will obviously keep posted in my blog! In this class, there are a mix of graduate and undergraduate students, and all are very smart, so I think whoever wins will do a great job! I’m really excited just to go to the plant and see the beam tested, because we have learned about this for about 11 weeks, and now we get to see it live!