Bridge-building geniuses on show

20:32, Aug 20 2014
University of Canterbury bridge
BRIDGING THE GAP: Student Bede Murray at yesterday's annual competition.

It may have been a bridge too far for University of Canterbury student Bede Murray at yesterday's annual bridge-building competition.

About 180 civil engineering students designed and built bridges for the event, which has been one of the litmus tests for second-year students for nearly 20 years.

The competition required students to design, construct and test a bridge that could hold two people but failed to with three. Awards were presented for the best aesthetic and structurally innovative bridges.

Senior lecturer in structural engineering, Dr Alessandro Palermo, said the university boasted some prominent bridge designers involved with the Christchurch rebuild, including Opus' Mike Cowan and Beca's Nik Stewart.

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