Bridge collapse 'satisfies' engineering student
Civil engineering student Nicky Thompson felt "really satisfied" to see a bridge she had spent hours designing and building collapse into the water.
The 18-year-old was one of more than 100 civil engineering students who took part in Canterbury University's annual bridge-building competition over Okeover stream yesterday.
In the competition, students must design, construct and test a bridge that would support two people but fail with three people on it.
Thompson was "very proud" her team's bridge passed the test - collapsing only under the weight of three people.
"It was really exciting," she said.
"We put a lot of time into the calculations but we had also made a few assumptions so it was great to see it come off. I'm really happy."
Thompson said all the students looked forward to the annual competition.
"It's really great to do something hands-on and get that practical experience. Everyone comes down to watch and it's a lot of fun."
Structural engineering lecturer Alessandro Palermo said students had to make the bridge aesthetically pleasing.
"This leads to complex and strange bridges and the students feel more chall- enged and motivated," he said.
Thompson said the competition counted for about 20 per cent of one of her papers.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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