8 February 2018
On February 5, two representatives from The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) were at the cardboard bridge competition organized by the civil engineering students’ association at Polytechnique Montréal for Civil Engineering Week.
Five teams vied for top honours in this competition to design a bridge using only cardboard boxes, white glue, and an S-hook. The competitors were judged on the load-bearing strength and aesthetics of their cardboard bridge, which could only weigh up to 300 grams.
Invited as a judge for a second year in a row, Olivier Patry, Traffic Engineer, didn’t hesitate to join the fun: “I love seeing how keen students are to show off their creations and how excited they get when it comes time to sacrifice their bridges to try and win the competition.”
The “Trellissimo” team of Camille Renaud-Laprise and Corinne Revel crafted the strongest structure for a second consecutive year. Their 243-g structure withstood a load of 17.56 kg, for a ratio of 72.26. The second and third prizes for strength were awarded to the teams of “Pont Masson” (Ionela Elena Hagiu, Charlotte Bourgoing, Benjamin Rives et Marie-Eve Bédard) and “Last Minute” (Kadjo Norience Stephane Seniadja, Maryka Jolicoeur et Jessica Tufenkijian), respectively.
The bridge designed by the “Truss Me” team (Pierre-Augustin Berthet, Mathilde Bonnet et Yoann Conolle) came away with the honours for the best-looking bridge. “We particularly liked all of the competitors’ attention to detail,” said Cathy Beauséjour, Communications Advisor, who was a jury member for the aesthetics category.