Quebec student engineers have the right stuff! The Pont d’acier Hercule club vies for a second North American title

28 February 2017

Last year for the first time, a Canadian university won the National Student Steel Bridge Competition, which is organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Out of 223 participating universities, the Pont d’acier Hercule team from ÉTS came away with the top honours from this North American steel bridge competition! The team hopes to repeat the feat again this year.

Founded in 2001, the Pont d’acier Hercule is a club of fifteen to thirty students mostly from the construction and mechanical engineering programs at ÉTS. One of these students is team captain Marie-Pier Diotte, who’s coming back for her fourth consecutive year. Again this year, JCCBI is proud to lend its support to the Pont d’acier Hercule team!

For this annual competition, students must design, manufacture and assemble a metal structure according to specific regulations that change every year to make it more of a challenge. For 2017, the students have to build a steel bridge that is 20 feet long, 5 feet wide, and a maximum of 5 feet high. It has to support a load of 2500 pounds and be assembled on site during the competition: a big-time challenge!

The next stop for the Pont d’acier Hercule team is the 2017 ASCE Upstate New York Conference regional competition from April 20 to 23, in Syracuse, NY. In this crucial step of their journey, the Pont d’acier Hercule team needs to come in first or second out of twelve teams to qualify for the national competition, which will be held from May 26 to 27.

The Canadian National Steel Bridge Competition, organized by the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering (CSCE), will also be held at Université Laval on May 12 and 13. This time, the Pont d’acier Hercule team will face off with their Quebec and Canadian peers for the chance to win the title of Canadian champion.

Join us in wishing them the best of luck! For more information about JCCBI’s involvement with the student community, follow us on Twitter @JCCBI, or subscribe to our student newsletter, #FutureEngineer.