Fresno engineering contest features concrete canoes and more

The Fresno BeeApril 3, 2014 

Civil engineering students from as far as China and Canada will be at Fresno State for the International Mid-Pacific Conference through Saturday.

The event is hosted by Fresno State's Lyles College of Engineering for the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The annual event provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate leadership and technical knowledge through career-oriented events, such as concrete canoe, steel bridge, water treatment, transportation engineering and geo-wall competitions.

Friday competitions are scheduled from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presentations will be held all day with a public display of projects from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Save Mart Center main concourse.

On Saturday, the concrete canoe competition will move to Millerton Lake at 6 a.m. with dunk tests, endurance races, sprint heats and durability judging all day.

Mini games such as concrete bowling, a peanut butter-eating competition and tug-o-war will be held between the canoe events.

Each competition challenges students in construction, design and application of knowledge and technical skill.

Laval University of Canada and Tonji University of China are among the private and public universities attending the conference.

The events are free but parking is $10 at Millerton Lake.

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