Engineering students will race their concrete canoes this weekend

March 26, 2015

Robert White
Media Relations/Communications Coordinator
(513) 569-4775 (office)
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Engineering students will race their concrete canoes this weekend

Civil engineering students from Cincinnati State, the University of Cincinnati and 11 other colleges and 
universities will be competing this weekend to see who is best at designing – and building, and using – 
things like concrete canoes, bats and horseshoes.

The 2015 Ohio Valley Student Conference, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers 
(ASCE) student chapters at UC and Cincinnati State, will feature a series of competitions Friday and 
Saturday (March 27 and 28) at Hidden Valley Lake, the Lawrenceburg Convention Center and Ivy Tech 
Community College.

The competition will put students from Cincinnati State’s two-year programs against their colleagues from 
some of the most prestigious engineering schools in the Midwest. In addition to UC, the list of participants 
includes the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Western Kentucky University, University of 
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Geneva College, University of Dayton, The Ohio State University, 
Ohio University, University of Akron, Youngstown State University, and Cleveland State University.

The list of events – which typically require students to not only design their entries, but also to execute 
and then operate them during the competition – includes:

 Concrete canoe
 Concrete horseshoes
 Concrete baseball bat
 Balsa wood bridge building
 Geotechnical (soils)
 Land surveying
 Steel bridge
 Civil site design (AutoCAD), environmental, and technical (engineering ethics) paper 

For more information about the event please visit
The competitions are open to the public. Media coverage is welcome. For information during the event, 
please contact Carol Morman, Civil Engineering Technology Program Chair at Cincinnati State, at (513) 
512-4251 or
Cincinnati State ( enrolls about 10,600 students and offers more than 130 
associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering 
technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the 
most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S. 

2015 Ohio Valley Student Conference
Thursday, March 26 – Saturday, March 28, 2015
Schedule of Events

2 pm – 4:30 pm Concrete Canoe Paper Presentations Lawrenceburg Convention Center
8 am – 10 am Concrete Canoe Set-up Hidden Valley Lake Beach
8:30 am – 2 pm Surveying Competition Hidden Valley Lake Ball fields
9 am – 12 pm    Balsa Wood Bridge                            Hidden Valley Lake
9 am – 12 pm Geotechnical Competition               Hidden Valley Lake
10 am – 12 pm Concrete Canoe Aesthetic Judging Hidden Valley Lake Beach 
12 pm – 4 pm Concrete Canoe Racing  Hidden Valley Lake
6 pm – ?            Concrete Bat Competition           Willie’s Ballfield @ Hidden Valley Lake
7 pm – ?             Concrete Horseshoe Competition Willie’s @ Hidden Valley Lake

8:30 am – 12 pm Environmental Competition Ivy Tech Community College
9 am – 12 pm AutoCAD Competition Ivy Tech Community College        
10 am – 11 am Technical Paper Lawrenceburg Convention Center
7:30 am – 4 pm Steel Bridge Competition Lawrenceburg Convention Center
1 pm – 2 pm Balsa Wood Bridge Judging Lawrenceburg Convention Center 
Swamp Test Directly After Aesthetic Judging