Compiled and edited by Ron Bygness
The team of civil engineering students from the University of Delaware emerged from a strong field to win the 5th annual GeoChallenge Student Competition Feb. 23, 2010. The event was conducted during the American Society of Civil Engineers’ annual GeoCongress—this year at GeoFlorida in West Palm Beach.
Student teams from across the country showcased their engineering design, construction, communication, and teamwork skills during this competition.
The competition project required each student team to construct a model-scale, mechanically-stabilized earth wall consisting of dry sand and paper reinforcement behind a posterboard facing in a plywood box. Each team was judged on the wall’s ability to carry a surface load, the amount of reinforcement used, the time needed for construction, and the quality of the team’s design report.