UCSD STEEL BRIDGE TEAM
Every year, UC San Diego Structural Engineering students design, fabricate, and construct a scaled model steel bridge. The challenge is to design a bridge that stays competitive in the following criteria: lightness, stiffness, and construction speed. To have the optimal design, a bridge has to be suffieciently light, while being stiff enough to pass the vertical and lateral load tests. The bridge must also be fast and easy to construct.
During the fall quarter, steel bridge team members apply the knowledge learned in class to design the bridge using AutoCAD, SAP2000, and SolidWorks. Towards the end of the fall quarter, the team will start setting up plan documents for fabricating the bridge. During winter quarter, team members will fabricate the bridge at the Campus Research Machine Shop (CRMS). Once fabrication has been completed, a construction team will practice constructing the bridge.
The final product will be taken to the annual Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC) to compete. The bridge will be rated on: aesthetics, weight, timed construction, as well as other categories. The top teams move onto the national competition where they compete against the other regional winners.
Join our Facebook group, UCSD Steel Bridge, to stay up to date with our events.
2016 - 2017 Steel Bridge Leads
Project Manager - Kaelyn Gerrard
Associate Project Manager - Gabby Morales
Associate Project Manager - Efrain Gonzalez
Design Lead Analysis - Tiffany La
Design Lead Fabrication - Michelle Fernandez
Design Lead Construction - Ryan Mansing
Design Lead Connections - Paul Lee
Construction Lead - Francisco Magana
Fabrication Lead - Guru Nesarajah
Welder - Vivian Cai
Welder - Osvaldo Mejia
Meet our Sponsors
"150lb Steel Bridge on Display in Geisel Library through December"
"Steel Bridge Designed and Built by Jacobs School Undergrads Finds Home at UCSD Library"
"Jacobs School Steel Bridge Team Wins Spot at National Competition"
"UCSD Structural Engineering Students Rock at Regional Design Competition"
More Information about the Steel Bridge Competition and UCSD Steel Bridge
Official Steel Bridge Competition Website
Construction Practice Runs
Construction of a Bridge with an Undertruss (PSWRC at Hawaii, 2009)
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22PwkdB5-OM
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fWxaV5-c5Y