The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Cal Poly Pomona Concrete Canoe Team is a non-profit student organization who designs, builds, and competes in an annual regional competition, the Pacific Southwest Conference (PSWC). We have also competed in the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition since 1993.
The Concrete Canoe competition is broken into four judged portions (Additional information can be found at the bottom of this page):
For more information please visit the National ASCE Concrete Canoe Website.
Our goal from year to year is to further improve as a team and expand our knowledge in the designing and constructing of our canoes.
Concrete Canoe is a year-round, student-organized project at Cal Poly Pomona and consists of multiple teams with their respective captain(s) working towards the completion of our project.
Final Product consists of 25% of the overall competition score. This portion of the competition is similar to an art show, where the school is judged on the visual appearance of the canoe, stand, display, and cutout and how they all connect with the chosen theme.
The Aesthetics team works to envision our theme for the Final Product and is responsible for the visual appeal of our concrete canoe, including the lettering and artwork. The CPP Aesthetics team is responsible for bringing the drama to the show and giving our school an edge in this portion of the competition.
The Technical Paper consists of 25% of the overall competition score. This portion of the competition is a written document from the team that describes details of the creation of the canoe. Within the paper, the logistics, statistics, economics, and project management behind the project are explained and the details involving choice of theme, the hull design, a breakdown of ingredients in our mix design, structural analysis, and our construction procedure are described.
CPP is proud to say that the Technical Paper provides students with an opportunity for professional development in their technical writing skills.
The Oral Presentation consists of 25% of the overall competition score. This portion of the competition is essentially an oral representation of the Technical Paper. A minimum of two students are required to present a quick 5 minute summary of the year towards their Canoe project to a panel of judges. Then judges may ask questions related to the Concrete Canoe project and the presenters must answer the questions accordingly in order to achieve the highest score.
The CPP presentation team must not only thoroughly explain the design-build process of our concrete canoe, but they must also captivate the judges with an informative, and visually appealing presentation. The presentation team works with all captains to ensure the information in powerpoint is accurate, easy to understand, and visually appealing.
Paddling consists of the last 25% of the competition score. The Paddling portion provides the fun part of the competition, where all the school compete in a variety of races against each other. These races may include:
- Male and Female Sprint (100 m)
- Male and Female Slalom Endurance (400 m)
- Four-Person Spring (400 m)