Notre Dame team takes second consecutive PCI Big Beam competition

Sources: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Chicago; CP staff

The PCI Student Education Committee has named the 20 top performers in its Engineering Student Design Competition—better known as the Big Beam Contest—where teams fabricate and test precast/prestressed specimens with the help of local PCI producer members. Points are earned for efficient design, load capacity and other criteria.

For a second year in a row, a team representing the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., took the Big Beam Competition, scoring 62.25 points and garnering a $2,000 prize. Rounding out the top five this year, with scores from 54.5 to 58.25 points and $1,000 to $1,750 prizes, are these teams and assisting PCI member producers: Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash. and Concrete Technology Corp., Tacoma; Oregon State University, Corvallis and Knife River – Prestress, Harrisburg, Ore.; University of South Florida [Team 2] and Standard Concrete Products, both Tampa; and, Missouri University of Science & Technology, Rolla and Coreslab Structures, Inc. (Missouri), Marshall.