Significant Changes to the Rules and Regulations (PDF)
Each year the rules and regulations are modified and updated in an effort to improve the overall competition and to assure that competitors design and build new canoes. Changes have been made to this year’s edition of the rules based on responses to questions, issues that may have arisen at conference and national competitions, and feedback provided by students and judges. Some of these changes are significant while others are minor edits in language.
The intent of the significant changes is to challenge the student’s skills, engineering judgment and creativity. The minor edits are primarily for clarification purposes.
The following is a list of the MAJOR changes to the rules and regulations applicable to the 2013 competition (as compared to the 2012 rules and regulations). Please note that not all of the changes are listed here and that it is the responsibility of all teams to carefully review the rules and regulations.
Section 1 – General Rules and Eligibility Requirements
In an effort to avoid possible confusion and misinterpretation, all Requests for Information (RFIs) will be made public. There will be no private RFIs.
Section 2 – Canoe
- Teams may use the hull design that had been developed by the CNCCC and used in the 2009-2011 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competitions. Teams may modify the previously issued standard hull design at their discretion. No penalty shall be assessed for using the standardized hull design provided by the CNCCC.
Section 3 – Concrete
- The maximum allowable unit weight of all concrete is 70 pcf has been removed.
- Integral Waterproofing Admixtures (those that contain cement as one of its components) are to be considered as “Cementitious Material” in Table 3.1.
- Plastic (wet) and oven-dried (dry) unit weights are to be provided. Plastic for computation purposes in Table 3.1; dry for checking compliance of unit weight.
Section 4 – Reinforcement
No significant changes to Section 4 have been made.
Section 5 – Final Product
No significant changes to Section 5 have been made.
Section 6 – Design Paper
- Some sections of the paper have been rearranged.
- The hull design and structural analysis section of the paper have been combined to approach the canoe design as a holistic approach.
- The paper shall be double sided. Noted exception is the project schedule and canoe drawing (it may be single or double sided at the discretion of the team)
- Only italics shall be used for the name of the canoe no other fonts.
- No 3-D analysis (advanced computer modeling such as FEA) of the canoe is allowed, only 2-D analysis shall be presented in the analysis portion of the paper.
- The sustainability portions of the paper have been consolidated and incorporated into the construction section.
Section 7 – Engineer’s Notebook
No significant changes to Section 7 have been made.
Section 8 – Oral Presentation
- At least two (2) people shall speak during the oral presentation.
Section 9 – Final Product (Canoe and Cutaway Section)
No significant changes to Section 9 have been made.
Section 10 – Product Display
No significant changes to Section 10 have been made.
- The slalom portion of the 600-m endurance course has been put back into the endurance race.
- The custom race at Nationals has been eliminated.
No significant changes to Section 12 have been made.
No significant changes to Section 13 have been made.
- Many of the deductions point values have been.
The Rules and Regulations of the 2013 ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition is a very comprehensive document as it serves multiple purposes – it provides the specifications that the students need to meet for the competition, it provides guidance to the conference and national judges on the various aspects that they need to evaluate and judge, and it serves as a guide to the host schools for determining the requirements for hosting the competition.
Every effort has been made to provide clear language in this edition of the rules and regulations. Students are advised to read the rules carefully and to make interpretations based on sound engineering judgment and experience. The CNCCC will provide clarifications as needed.
Questions regarding rule interpretations should be directed via e-mail to CNCCC@asce.org. Official responses will come from CNCCC@asce.org.