Bridge-building students place first at competition

08 March 2016

The winning team constructed the Strongest and Most Economical Bridge.

The winning team constructed the Strongest and Most Economical Bridge.

A talented team of students from Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) School of Engineering and Built Environment has won a high-profile structural competition.

Students on the Environmental Civil Engineering Programme were triumphant at the West of Scotland Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Model Bridge Building Competition, held at Glasgow University.

The team, consisting of Stewart Maclennan (Year 2), Fraser Proctor (Year 2), Yohannes Brhane (Year 3) and Seyed Sasan Seyf (Year 3), took first prize in the category ‘Strongest and Most Economical Bridge’, sharing £150 between them.

Senior Lecturer Dr Ben Zhang, who led the team, said: “The guys convincingly beat four teams from three Scottish universities [Glasgow, West of Scotland and GCU] and earned great glory for the University, the School and the department.

“The team was formed from a mix of second and third-year full-time students, which confirms the importance of team work, communication and time-management skills.”

This win continues GCU’s success in this field, with the School of Engineering and Built Environment having beaten a range of top universities to win the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Bridge building competition the previous two years, as well as finishing second in the UK-wide Structural Concrete Student Design Competition.

Professor Iain Cameron, Dean of the School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “It is also worth noting that these successful teams are made up of students from different years within the programme. It's not just one excellent cohort sweeping all of the awards.”