Due to the unforeseen circumstances surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic, Regionals has been cancelled.

Please see https://www.asce.org/covid-19/ or https://www.mines.edu/coronavirus/ for more information.

2020 ASCE Regionals hosted by Colorado School of Mines

Link to Competition Registration: https://csmspace.com/register/610

Schedule April 2-4, 2020

Event Orders

Concrete Canoe Competition:

  • We will be following the 2020 ASCE Concrete Canoe rules, posted here: https://www.asce.org/concrete-canoe-rules-regulations/ 
  • A projector and HDMI cord will be in the room and available to the presenter if they choose to use it. It is up to the presenter to ensure they are able to display their presentation with this equipment. The room is available the hour prior to presentations for testing the technology provided.

Technical Paper and Presentation:

  • The topic of this year’s technical paper will be left to each individual school. However, the technical paper should focus on a technical issue that has relevance to the Civil Engineering field of study.
  • For example, students may write about research that their school is currently conducting or will be conducting in the future.
  • Technical Papers must be submitted electronically to 2020csmregionals@gmail.com by March 6, 2020 at 11:59PM MDT. 
  • Hardcopies are NOT required to be submitted to Colorado School of Mines.
  • A projector and HDMI cord will be in the room and available to the presenter if they choose to use it. It is up to the presenter to ensure they are able to display their presentation with this equipment. The room is available the hour prior to presentations for testing the technology provided.
  • NOTE: Colorado School of Mines will NOT be publishing these papers.

Technical Paper Rubric:

Non-Tech Paper and Presentation:

  • The Non-Technical Paper will follow the Daniel W. Mead paper topic and rules, posted here: https://www.asce.org/mead-student/2020 
  • Topic: “Canon 6 of the ASCE Code of Ethics states, ‘Engineers shall act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor, integrity, and dignity of the engineering profession and shall act with zero tolerance for bribery, fraud, and corruption.’ Recently, media has exposed examples of “pay-to-play” scandals over a broad range of organizations from college admissions to engineering and construction firms. How does this affect the Civil Engineering profession?”
  • Non-Technical Papers must be submitted electronically to 2020csmregionals@gmail.com by March 6, 2020 at 11:59PM MDT.
  • NOTE: To be eligible for the national Daniel W. Mead prize, students must submit their paper according to the national submissions instructions available at the above website by March 1, 2020 at 11:59PM EST 
  • Hardcopies are NOT required to be submitted to Colorado School of Mines.
  • A projector and HDMI cord will be in the room and available to the presenter if they choose to use it. It is up to the presenter to ensure they are able to display their presentation with this equipment. The room is the same used for the concrete canoe technical presentation.

Mystery Design Competition sponsored by Kiewit:

  • This portion of the conference will exercise the ability of the engineering students to think on their feet, work under pressure, and produce a useable product in a short period of time.
  • The competition will be revealed to participants at the conference just prior to the event beginning.

Please plan to have 2 participants entered into this competition.

Charity Event:

  • The intention of this year’s Charity Event is to raise money for Habitat for Humanity.
  • In the time allotted, each team will assemble a money (bills and coins) collection machine. Elements of the machine may be previously built or preassembled to promote ease of assembly during the specified timeframe.
  • The money collection machine will be judged on creativity, aesthetics, and level of interaction (how “fun” is it for people to contribute money).
  • This event is intentionally open ended. Have fun with it!! It is highly encouraged that machines make inserting bills and coins visually and/or tactically enjoyable.
  • Schools are encouraged to leave their collection devices up in Green Center for Friday in order to raise funds. 
  • Final fundraising efforts will be announced at the awards banquet.

Any number of participants may contribute.

Pre-Design (Surveying) Competition:

This competition entails three surveying tasks: leveling, building stakeout, and the cut for a proposed sewer line.

    • Leveling:
       – Each team will be required to start from a benchmark of known                      elevation and perform differential leveling operations to establish the      elevation of two temporary points of unknown elevation.
      – Each team will submit two final recorded elevations for the temporary      points of unknown elevations upon conclusion of their differential              leveling operation.
      – Teams will be evaluated on their accuracy.
      – Each team’s overall time for this task will be recorded by a task judge.
    • Building Stakeout:
       – Using line and grade stakeout techniques, teams will be required to            stake out a proposed building with appropriate offsets.
       – Two (2) designated control points for set up and backsight will be                  given  to measure the angles and distances to the proposed building            points.
       – The angles and distances to be calculated will be provided prior to the      competition.
       – The judges will measure the hubs/tacks as set by the teams upon                  conclusion of their line and grade stakeout.
       – Teams will be evaluated on their accuracy. Each team’s overall time for      this task will be recorded by a task judge.
    • Cut for a Proposed Sewer Line
       – Teams will find centerline and offset stakes for a proposed sewer line.
       – Each team will be given the invert of the existing pipe where the proposed sewer line will connect.
    • Cut for a Proposed Sewer Line (cont.)
       – Teams will also be given the slope and size of the proposed sewer line.
       – Teams will have to determine the amount of cut at each                                         predetermined  station location and the elevation of the invert at the        opposite end of the proposed sewer  line.
       – Station numbers will be supplied on the centerline stakes.
          Calculations will be recorded by each team in the field and turned into      the judge upon conclusion of the task.
       – Teams will be evaluated on their accuracy. Each team’s overall time for      this task will be recorded by a task judge.
    • General
       – The information specified to be given for each task will be sent out              with final updates and important information.
       – In the case of a tie, the tiebreaker will be the quality and clarity of field      notes and calculations of the teams in the tie.
       – The top three surveying teams will be eligible to participate in the                2020 ASCE Surveying Championship Finals Competition on May 30,          2020, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.

Please plan to have 6 participants entered into this competition.

For More information please see RMRSC at CSM Mailer II