ETCM Students Win Concrete Construction Competition

Date Published: 
January 5, 2016
From the left are Mark Stevenson, Carter Dold, Ashton Crabtree, Hunter Ballard and Joshua Beitz.

A team of UNC Charlotte Engineering Technology and Construction Management students won the 2015 Concrete Construction Competition sponsored by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC). From the left are Mark Stevenson, Carter Dold, Ashton Crabtree, Hunter Ballard and Joshua Beitz.

The international competition was open to all university, college and technical schools. The winning team members from the Lee College of Engineering were Hunter Ballard, Joshua Beitz, Ashton Crabtree (project manager), Carter Dold and Mark Stevenson. Dr. Tara Cavalline was the team’s faculty advisor.

For the competition, students developed solutions to a project problem statement issued by ACI. The 2015 problem required teams to evaluate two concrete placement methods for construction of a concrete foundation wall and provide a reasoned recommendation. Responses were judged on the basis of clarity, technical quality and economy.

“I’m extremely proud of the team,” Dr. Cavalline said. “These students worked hard to develop a comprehensive solution. Solving this problem required them perform design calculations, prepare a schedule and a cost estimate, and think through construction considerations and challenges that could be encountered based upon their recommended placement method.”

The University of Georgia placed second in the competition and the University of Toronto was third. They will join UNC Charlotte at the ACI Spring Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to present their solutions to ACI’s Construction Liaison Committee. This is the second time in three years that a UNC Charlotte team has placed first in this competition, with teams winning in 2013 and 2015. Two UNC Charlotte teams placed in the top 10 in the 2014 competition.