TWO Civil Engineering undergraduate teams from the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering clinched top prizes at the annual Bridge Design Competition held on 4 to 5 March 2017, Singapore.
A total of twenty-five teams participated in the university category, with representatives from Singapore universities (namely NUS, Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT), and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)), as well as students from tertiary institutions from Indonesia (Universitas Indonesia, Bandung Institute of Technology, Yogyakarta State University, and Universitas Gadjah Mada), and Malaysia (University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus).
Team “Ditto2.0”, comprising Hee Zhan Zhykn (Year 2) and Teo Yong Chian (Year 2), took first place with S$600 cash prize, while Zeng Zhuohong (Year 4) and Deng Minxuan (Year 3) of Team “2Free” bagged fourth place with S$150 cash prize. Team Ingénieur, comprising Wee Guang Yi (Year 4) and Lee Wei Xian (Year 4), was awarded tenth place.
Said Zhan Zhykn and Yong Chian, “We are honoured to represent NUS Engineering in the recent NTU Bridge Competition. We have worked hard and appreciate the award. This would not be possible, if we did not have the support of our peers and professor. We thank Asst Prof Poh Leong Hien for his guidance; we were able to apply what we have learnt into designing and fabricating the bridge. The challenges we experienced encouraged us to improve and do better. The overall experience was positive and enriching, and we look forward to participating in the next competition.”
The annual competition encourages civil engineering students to apply engineering concepts in designing a sustainable bridge. The teams were required to design the bridge and construct the bridge with the balsa wood provided. The bridges were next loaded to failure, with its efficiency defined as the load capacity per unit weight. The physical and aesthetic aspects of the design were also assessed by the judges.
The competition was sponsored by the Building and Construction Authority, RSP Architects Planners & Engineers Pte Ltd, The Institution of Structural Engineers and Koon Holdings Limited.