ASCE Team Places Second in Concrete Bat Competition

April 27, 2018

 The American Society of Civil Engineers took home second place this year at the annual Regional ASCE Ohio Valley Student Conference in Athens, Ohio. Held the weekend of April 12th-14th, the Speed team included Abby Miles and Jeremiah Partin, both juniors in department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

The team participated in a number of the events this time, including the surveying and concrete bat competitions. They took this year to regroup on the concrete canoe project, another popular competition at the ASCE meet, focusing instead on the concrete bat project, which ultimately yielded a second place victory, as well as plenty of practical field experience working with the material.

Practice Swing

The competition features around 430 students from 15 colleges, features rules for the competition which includes length and material density parameters, taking the practicality of the object along with the aesthetic design into equal consideration. The length of the bat is set between 27 and 35 inches, with a maximum half an inch amount of rebar, which requires an additional half an inch of concrete around it for safety reasons. The Speed Team went with a total of 33 inches to allow a little room for error, with a total weight of about 5.12 lbs.

According to Partin, “That comes out to most baseball players that come out to a pitchers, and that bat weighed about two bats.”

In addition to aesthetic and design requirement, the bat needed to work. Team members lined up to hit a softball off of a tee, garnering points based on how far the ball traveled. At bat was Miles, who managed to land within the top three in terms of distance achieve, hitting the ball around 156 feet, the equivalent of an outfield hit.

Earned Run Average

Both Miles and Partin, who have remained part of the ASCE Speed team for several years, look forward to their next opportunity. They see their second place victory as a start point, not the end, but maintain an optimistic attitude towards their experience as a chance to learn.

Partin explained, “With both that concrete canoe and this bat, our designs were solid. We didn’t win any of the races. With our concrete bat, we had a very light design, but we didn’t achieve any of our goals.”

Miles pulled equally from their work on the concrete canoe to build this year’s bat. She said, “We’ll go back next year. We had a really good concrete design (last year), but I think that could be improved on that.”