Project Background

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SSBC - SteelJacks 2023-2024

Project Description

The Student Steel Bridge Capstone (SSBC) project is where students are tasked to build a scale model bridge at 21' long for the Intermountain Southwest Symposium (ISWS). The ISWS competition hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), with the competition created and judged by the American Institute of Steel Construction. The project will require a scale model bridge that will undergo a speed building competition along with a vertical and lateral load test completed at the ISWS April 11th-13th, 2024. Additionally, students are tasked to develop a proposal and report regarding design process for the scale modeled bridge. 

Project Location

The project is based on a hypothetical 1.25 mile bridge that will be built in Ruston, Louisiana. The scale model will be constructed with considerations to the project location and environment. 

Project Constraints

The constraints of this project has been identified in the American Institute of Steel Construction rule book for the Intermountain Southwest Symposium hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Additional constraints are considered under the NAU ABET Capstone requirements for completing the project.

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Our Task

This project has been distributed into nine tasks in order to effectively implement and create a bridge for the Intermountain Southwest Symposium and for the Northern Arizona University Civil Engineering Senior Capstone.


The Ponderosa SteelJacks began the project 9/4/2023, and scheduled to finish on 4/26/2024. With our milestones revolving around ISWS competition and NAU Capstone Deliverables, the team will complete as schedule suggests. The schedule shows all tasks and milestones associated with the project. 

Impact Analysis

In order to determine whether the project should be implemented, and impact analysis was conducted to determine the environmental, economic, and social impact of the project. The team identified two alternatives, one being the implementation of the bridge, and the other not implementing the bridge.


As the team analyzed the environmental part of this project, there was a lot of positives in regards to the no bridge implementation. ​Part of this stems from the idea that steel fabrication, construction, and other potential pollutants has reduced the environmental impact on the bridge being implemented. Although the bridge would disallow foot traffic on paths that could negatively impact the neighboring fauna, the positive impacts for the bridge being implemented was not ranked as high.


The economic impact on implementing the bridge showed very positive results. As the bridge is meant for a Disc Gold Course, implementing the bridge to connect and expand on this course would cause an influx in clientele. Although the steel fabrication would be high, the overall implementation would cause the park to be used more and provide work for fabricators and constructors. This resulted in high rankings to implement the bridge.


The social impacts of the project was very positive. Upon review, the social impact showed that with the implementation of the bridge, it would provide access to new pathways. With new additions coming from the gold course, park patrons will participate in more park activities along with show desire to upkeep the park. The bridge also adds some aesthetic appeal as it will be created to focus maintaining the parks appeal. This resulted in high social ranking to implement the bridge.

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