Competitions

Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (Beginning of February)

This annual competition originated in 1974 and has grown to be the longest running engineering competition in Canada. The goal of this competition is to design, build and race a toboggan that must hold five students, have a concrete sliding surface, have a breaking system, a protective roll-cage, be less than 300 pounds and have a steering system. This competition is hosted by a Canadian university every year brings together over 400 engineering students from over 20 different universities competing over five days testing technical knowledge of structures and materials, intellect and teamwork.

For more information on joining the University of Ottawa team on Facebook.

CSCE Troitsky Bridge Building Competition (first weekend of March)

This annual competition takes place at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec in which participating teams design and model bridges out of popsicle sticks, toothpicks, white glue and dental floss. Participating teams are judged on aesthetics and on the strength of the bridge.

For information on the team , visit the CSCE office in CBY A-08 for more information.

 

CSCE Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition (early May)

This annual competition is hosted by a Canadian university every year brings over 200 engineering students from over 10 different universities together. This competition has students design a concrete canoe that must float when submerged in water and be raced during endurance and sprint events. Teams also have to give an oral presentation and write a technical report on the project management, design and construction for their canoe. The University of Ottawa has competed in this competition 5 previous times in 2006, 2009-2012.

For information on the team, visit the CSCE office in CBY A-08 or visit the University of Ottawa Concrete Canoe Facebook page.

 

CSCE Capstone Competition (late May)

This competition takes place at the CSCE Annual Conference and is open to senior undergraduates from accredited Canadian Civil Engineering Programs. Each Civil Engineering Department is invited to submit a nomination for a single entry in the competition in any speciality area of the field (Structural, Construction, Geotechnical, Geomechanics, Hydraulics and Water Resources, Transportation or Environmental Engineering), for projects completed during the current academic year. The competition consists of a Capstone project report and a presentation by two team members to present their project poster board to a team of judges during the annual conference. Starting in 2015, the presenting members must be CSCE members. Please see the Civil Engineering Department Chair for more information.