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					                             The University of Oklahoma

October 20th, 2009

Dear Mid-Continent Student Chapter:

This is your 2009 Mid-Continent Student Conference Mailer I, the first of three packets to be
sent to each of the participating schools. Please read carefully this packet and distribute copies
to the appropriate chairpersons in your ASCE Student Chapter. Do not delete this mailer! The
information that is given here may not be repeated in subsequent mailers. Enclosed you will find
the following information:

      Receipt Confirmation
      Deadlines Summary
      Registration Form
      Tentative Conference Schedule
      Hotel Accommodations
      Competition Rules and Contacts.

Receipt of this mailer should be confirmed by e-mailing or faxing the enclosed form by
November 4th, 2009. Your receipt confirmation assures us that we have made contact with your
ASCE Student Chapter. Please note that the school registration deadline is November 30th, 2009.

The GeoChallenge rules circulated September 1st, 2009 are being slightly modified. Please note
that there is no limit to the number of teams a Student Chapter may enter in the GeoChallenge.

If you have any questions feel free to contact us at All questions and
answers will be posted on our department website at Mailer I will be
posted to the website in early November.

We look forward to seeing you in the spring.

Michael Van Zandt
President, OU-ASCE Student Chapter


          202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
                           The University of Oklahoma

                      2010 Mid-Continent Conference
                                  Mailer I - Receipt Confirmation

For this receipt confirmation, please e-mail an appropriately modified copy to by November 4th , 2009

School Name: ________________________________________________

Faculty Advisor: _______________________________________________

Faculty Advisor Phone Number: __________________________________

Faculty Advisor E-mail: ________________________________________

Student Conference Contact: (i.e. Chapter President or Conference Chair; Name,
Phone Number & E-mail)

Student Conference Contact Name: _______________________________

Student Conference Contact Title: _________________________________

Student Conference Contact Phone Number: ________________________

Student Conference Contact E-mail: ______________________________

This confirms that we have received Mailer I regarding the 2010 Mid-Continent

        202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
                           The University of Oklahoma

                     2010 Mid-Continental Conference
                                      Deadlines Summary
Participant Deadlines:
November 4th: Mailer I - Receipt Confirmation

November 30th: School Registration

January 15th: GeoChallenge Papers (Note: $1,000 Scholarship for Best Paper)

February 20th: Individual Attendee Pre-registration

March 1st: National Daniel W. Mead Student Paper Due at

March 20th: Technical Paper Contest (Note: $3,000+ in Scholarships)

April 23rd - 24th: Conference!

Host Deadlines:
October 20th: Mailer I (Receipt confirmation, Deadlines Summary, Registration
      Forms, Tentative conference schedule, Hotel accommodations, Competition
      Rules & contacts

January 30th: Mailer II (maps, updates)

March 20th: Mailer III (final schedule, parking passes, updates)

        202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
                            The University of Oklahoma

              2010 Mid-Continent Student Conference
                                     School Registration Form

Return this form by November 30th, 2009 to:
University of Oklahoma
School of Civil Engineering & Environmental Science
Attn: Audre Carter
202 W. Boyd, room 334
Norman, OK 73019

Registration is $50 per school and $35 per student.
The $50 school registration fee is due by November 30th.
The $35 per student, individual attendee pre-registration fees are
  due February 20th, 2010.

Make checks payable to: OU Foundation

School Name: ____________________________________

We are attending the conference and will send approximately_______
   students and faculty.
   (Your school will not be held to these numbers, but this will greatly assist
   our planning)
   Enclosed please find our $50 School registration fee.

In which events does your Chapter plan to compete in?

Concrete Canoe
Steel Bridge
Technical Paper / Presentation (Note: $3,000+ in Scholarships)
GeoChallenge                     (Note: $1,000 Scholarship for Best Paper)
We are not attending the conference 

         202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
                      The University of Oklahoma

        2010 Mid-Continent Student Conference
                 Tentative Schedule
                                     Thursday April 22nd
    Time                           Event                                           Location
5:00-9:00         Early Registration                                               Fears Lab

                                      Friday April 23rd
    Time                           Event                                          Location
7:00-8:30         Unloading Trailers                                            Felgar Avenue
7:00-9:00         Registration                                                      Devon
8:00-8:30         Captain's Meeting (Bridge & Canoe)
                                                                             Devon Auditorium
8:30-9:30         Judges Meeting (Bridge & Canoe)
8:30-9:30         Canoe Setup                                              Engineering Courtyard
8:30-9:30         Steel Bridge Setup                                            Field House
9:30-10:30        Canoe Aesthetic Judging                                  Engineering Courtyard
9:30-10:30        Steel Bridge Display Judging                                  Field House
10:30-11:30       Canoe Swamp Tank                                         Engineering Courtyard
10:30-5:00        Steel Bridge Construction                                     Field House
11:30-1:00        Lunch (Provided)                                         Engineering Courtyard
Noon-3:00         Concrete Canoe Presentations                                Meachum Halls
4:00-5:00         Technical Paper Competition                               Devon Auditorium
4:00-5:00         Geotech Competition                                      Rawl Practice Facility
5:00-6:00         Load Trailers                                                 Felgar Ave
9:00-11:00        Recreation                                                  Campus Corner

                                       Saturday April 24th
    Time                              Event                                        Location
7:30-8:30         Judge Meeting
9:00-9:30         Canoe Captain Meeting                                OKC River, Regatta Park and
8:30-Noon         Canoe Races                                           Olympic Training Center
Noon-1:00         Lunch (Provided)
1:00-3:00         Canoe Races
6:30-7:00         Business Meeting
                                                                               Owens Stadium
7:00-9:00         Banquet
   202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
                            The University of Oklahoma

              2010 Mid-Continent Student Conference
        The OU ASCE Conference Team recommends the following hotels. We felt they are the
most affordable, closest and nicest in the Norman area. These hotels have been notified to
expect large group reservations for the conference though no blocks of rooms have been pre-
reserved. Please reference OU when making reservations to possibly receive a discount.
Making reservations early is strongly recommended. If you have any questions regarding
accommodations, please feel free to email or phone us. More information concerning Oklahoma
and the City of Norman may be found at

       *** Indicates parking lot that can handle large trailers

       Best Western Norman Inn & Suites                         
       2841 Classen Blvd                                                  (405) 701-4011
       Norman, OK                                                         1-800-780-7234

       Country Inn & Suites                                     
       960 Ed Noble Dr.                                                   (405) 360-0240
       Norman, OK                                                         1-800-596-2375

       Courtyard by Marriott                                    
       770 Copperfield Dr.                                                (405) 701-8900
       Norman, OK                                                         1-888-236-2427

       Fairfield Inn – Norman                                   
       301 Norman Center Ct.                                              (405) 447-1661
       Norman, OK                                                         1-888-236-2427

       Hampton Inn                                              
       309 Norman Center Ct.                                              (405) 366-2100
       Norman, OK                                                         1-800-445-8667

       Hilton Garden Inn                                        
       700 Copperfield Dr.                                                (405) 579-0100
       Norman, OK                                                         1-800-445-8667

         202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
Holiday Inn Norman ***
1000 N Interstate Dr.     (405) 364-2882
Norman, OK                1-888-897-0084

La Quinta Inn   
930 Ed Noble Dr.          (405) 579-4000
Norman, OK                1-800-753-3757

Motel 6         
1016 26th Ave NW          (405) 701-3300
Norman, OK                1-800-466-8356

Residence Inn – Norman
2681 Jefferson St.        (405) 366-0900
Norman, OK                1-888-236-2427

Sooner Legends      ***
1200 24th Ave SW          (405) 701-8100
Norman, OK                1-866-715-3111
                                      MAP COMPLIMENTS OF NORMAN CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU • 1-800-767-7260 • WWW.VISITNORMAN.COM
                                      Urgent Care Center
                                                                                                                             1 10           22
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cleveland County                                                                                 4                                                                                                                       1   Best Western Norman Inn      12   LaQuinta Inn

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SOONER RD.
                                                              Tecumseh & 36th                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Belmar Golf Course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2    Comfort Inn & Suites         13   Motel 6

                                                                                                                              Hey Day                                                                                                                                                  (on Indian Hills Rd. and Sooner Rd.)

                                                                                                                        Andy Entertainment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3   Country Inn & Suites         14   NCED

                                                                                                                  Alligator's (Indian Hills & I-35)

                                                                                                          (Indian Hills & I-35)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                4   Courtyard by Marriott        15   OU Motel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                5   Days Inn                     16   Quality Inn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6   Embassy Suites/ Conference   17   Residence Inn
                                                                                                                                                                                                D                                                                                                   George M. Sutton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        9                                                                                                                           Fair eld Inn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sooner Legends Inn & Suites

                                                                                                                                                                                  GOD                                                                                                                Wilderness Area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                7                                18
                                              Lodging                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Guest Inn                         Super 8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8                                19
                                              Bed & Breakfast                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1         12th Avenue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Recreation Center                                                                              9   Hampton Inn                  20   Thunderbird Lodge
                                              Athletic & Recreational                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10   Hilton Garden Inn & Suites   21   Travelodge
                                              Attractions                                                                 Bart Conner
                                                                                                                                                                                                        LEXINGTON                                        Nancy O’Brian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Performing Arts                                                                          Lake Thunderbird                                                                             11   Holiday Inn                  22   Value Place
                                                                                                                          Gymnastics                                                                               Norman
                                              Shopping Areas                                                                Center                            Suites -                                      23     Optimist

                                                                                                                                                              Conference                                             Gym

                                                                                                                                 3                            Center                        Cleveland

                                                                                                                                                                                              YMCA                                             Norman North                          Cleveland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    8                                                                                                                          BED & BREAKFAST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               High                                  County
                                                                                                               Robinson Crossing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fairgrounds                                                          Rock Creek
                                                                                                                  6 Theatres                                                                   WESTHEIMER                                                                                                    Griffin                                                                                                                           1 The Montford Inn                3 Holmberg House
                                                                                                                          13                                                                                                                                                                4             Community
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Park                                                                                                                             2 Cutting Garden                  4 Whispering Pines
                                                                                                           Hollywood                       Exit 110

                                                                                                                                                                    Westwood Golf Course
                                                                                                                                  11               13                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ATHLETIC & RECREATION FACILITIES
                                                                                                          Theatres 14                                               & Tennis Center                                                                                                         Norman
                                                                                                                     Holiday Inn                 Motel 6           36 Westwood W ater Park                                               Cleveland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Hospital                                                                                                                                           1 12th Avenue Rec Center          19 Memorial Stadium/Owen Field
                                                                                                                Comfort Inn
                                                                                                                   & Suites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Historical            5                                                                                                                                                                               2 Andrews Park                    20 Murray Case Sells
                                                                                                                                              Clinic                                           Andrews Park                               Museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         24                    3 Bart Conner Gymnastics               Swim Complex
                                                                                                              by Marriott 4
                                                                                                                 Courtyard                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       21 Norman High School
                                                                                                                                                           Sooner                                        Library                             Crucible                                                                                                                                                                                              Center
                                                                                                                                                             Bowl                                                                            & Gallery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               6                                                                                                                                                                                4 Belmar Golf Club               22 Norman North High School
                                                                                                              Inn & Suites10                5
                                                                                                             Hilton Garden                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Lindsey
                                                                                                                                                                                       The Montford Inn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                33 5

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       16 NCVB                                                                                                                                                  5 Calypso Cove                   23 Norman Optimist Gym
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Norman                                            22                                                                                                                                                                    6 Cleveland County YMCA          24 Oklahoma Motor
                                                                                                                                            21 Travelodge                                                                                                                    3


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             1 17 er Theatr                                                                                                              12
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sports Complex

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Cleveland                                                                                                                                       7 Cobblestone Creek



                                                                                                                                                                                                                        School                                                                  County Courthouse
                                                                                                                               Exit 109
                                                                                                                                                           Inn                                                           21                      Soo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    n                                                                                                                                                                                             Golf Course                    25 OU Indoor Facility

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                8 Gri n Community Park           26 OU Rugby Complex


                                                                                                                                                   19 16

             Campus Area                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Santa Fe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  11                                                                                            9 Headington Family

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 27 OU Soccer Complex

                                                                                                              Fairfield                                                           Lions Park

                                                                                                                                            Super 8 Quality
                                                                                                               Inn by                                                                                                                                                                                                               Irving Recreation                                                                                              Tennis Center                 28 OU Softball Complex

                                                                                                                                              Motel Inn                Firehouse Art Center                                                                                                                    Urgent                    Center

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Clear Bay Cafe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Calypso Cove

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thunderbird Casino

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Little River Zoo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Care                                                                                                                            10 Huston Hu man Center

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Holmberg                                                                                                                                                                                                  29 Perfect Swing
                                                                                                                             9                                                                                                   16
                                                                                                                                                                       Cutting Garden B&B                                                                                                                      Center

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               11 Irving Recreation Center

                                                   WHITE                                                                                                                                                                                                                 B&B                                                                                                                                                                                                     30 Reaves Park
                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2        7                                           3
                                                                                    DE BARR


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               12 Jimmie Austin OU


                                                                                                                            Inn                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  31 Skateland 2020


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Golf Course

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             11 2 8 18                                                                                                                                                                                                                           32 Sooner Bowling Center

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               13 John Jacobs Track              33 Thunderbird Riding Stables
             11         2     8                                                                                                                                                                                                                     25 18 McCasland

                                                        18                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     14 L. Dale Mitchell Park
                                           NORTH OVAL


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Field House                              Switzer Center/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Heisman Park                                                                                                                                                                  34 Trails Golf Club
                                                        25                      FELGAR                                                                                     Center                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              15 Lake Thunderbird & Marina      35 Westwood Golf Course
                                                                                                                       La Quinta
                                                                                                                                          12                                                                                                             Memorial Stadium
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  23     13

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Owen Field
                                                                                                                     Inn & Suites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               16 Lions Park                          & Tennis Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          19                             John Jacobs Track
             BROOKS                                                                            19               Country Inn
                                                                                                                 & Suites of         3 Exit 108-A & B                                                                                                                               25   OU                                                                                                                                                    17 Lloyd Noble Center             36 Westwood Water Park
                                                                                                                                                              18    Sooner                                                                                                               Indoor
                                                                                                                    Norman                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       37 Whittier Recreation Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                         31                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    18 McCasland Field House


                                           SOUTH OVAL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             10   Huston

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Huffman Center


                                                                                                                                                              20                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               ATTRACTIONS



                                                                LINDSEY                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1 Andy Alligator’s                11   Jacobson House
                                                                                                                                       Exit 108-A                                                                                                                   20       Murray Case Sells
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Swim Complex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2 Catlett Music Center            12   Little River Zoo
                                                                CROSS CENTER WILSON CENTER

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     OU Motel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               3 Cleveland County                13   Movie Theatres
                                                                                                                                                      17                      E                                                                   20
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Lake Thunderbird
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Courthouse                   14   Nancy O’ Brian
                                                                                                                                                 Residence Inn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sam Noble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Okla. Museum            28           30                                                                                                                                                                                             Performing Arts Center
                                                                                                                                                  by Marriott                                                                                                                                                                                                     Thunderbird
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               4 Cleveland County
                                          3RD                                                                                                                                                                                                     of Natural                      Reaves Park                                                                          Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          OU                                                                                                                                                                        Fairgrounds                  15 National Weather Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Softball                                                                                                               NCED
             EMERALD                      4TH                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Complex
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               5    Cleveland County             16 Norman Convention
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              L. Dale                    14                                                                                              Whispering Pines B&B
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                14                                  Historical Museum                  & Visitors Bureau

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mitchell Park                                                        Jimmie Austin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             (78th Ave.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Univerity of Oklahoma
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Norman Library

                                                                                                                                     24 Oklahoma                                                                                 OU
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     27                                                                                                                                                                                        6    Crucible Foundry             17

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Soccer                                                             Golf Course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      OU Visitor Center

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    E                                               & Gallery                    18

                                                                                                                                          Motorsports                                                                            Complex                                                                                                                  Best
                                      18                        21                                                Exit 106

                                                                                                                                          Complex                                                                                                                                                                                                         Western
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Headington Family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               7    Firehouse Art Center         19   Riverwind Casino
                                                                TIMBERDELL                                                                                                                                             Tennis Center                                                   National Weather
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Fred Jones Jr.               20   Sam Noble Museum
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    29                                                                         8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 OU                                                         Center

                                                                                                 W                19
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     26    Lloyd Noble
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       15                                                                                                                                                           Museum of Art                21   Santa Fe Depot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cobblestone Creek                                 Perfect Swing
                                                                                                          Riverwind                                                                                                                                                                                               Golf Course                                                                                                                  9    George M. Sutton             22   Sooner Theatre
                                                                                                             Casino                                                                                                      34                                        E                                                                                                                Rose Rock Museum &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wilderness                   23   Switzer Center/ Heisman Park
                        NORMAN, OKLAHOMA                                                                                                                      Cleveland County
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Thunder Valley
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Trails Golf                                                                                                                                              Raceway Park                                               10   Hey Day                      24   Thunderbird Casino
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             7                                               NOBLE                                                  Entertainment Center         25   Western History Collection
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Updated M ay 2008

Established in 1939 in honor of the 67th President of the American
Society of Civil Engineers, the contest provides an opportunity for alert
young civil engineers to further their professional development and gain
national attention.

AWARD: Up to five winners will receive cash prizes (1st place $1000, 2nd place
$800, 3rd place $600, 4th place $400, 5th place $200).
TOPIC: “Ethics and the Civil Engineer of 2025”


The following can be used to stimulate, but should in no way limit, the discussion:

In June 2006 a diverse group of civil engineering leaders gathered at the Summit on the Future of
Civil Engineering with the purpose of articulating an aspirational global vision for the future of civil
engineering. The aspirational vision developed for the Civil Engineer of 2025 as stated in The Vision
for Civil Engineering in 2025 is:

Entrusted by society to create a sustainable world and enhance the global quality of life, civil
engineers serve competently, collaboratively, and ethically as master:

       planners, designers, constructors, and operators of society’s economic and social engine –
        the built environment;
       stewards of the natural environment and its resources;
       innovators and integrators of ideas and technology across the public, private, and academic
       managers of risk and uncertainty caused by natural events, accidents, and other threats;
       leaders in discussions and decisions shaping public environmental and infrastructure policy.

The Vision for Civil Engineering in 2025 also states that Civil Engineers should be knowledgeable
about ethical behavior (such as the difference between legal requirements and ethical expectations)
and exhibit an attitude showing a commitment to ethics.
In a world where knowledge and education are continually expanding, the vision we have selected
for our future involves the mastery of several areas in which civil engineers are not presently
recognized. Therefore, we must ask:

       Is the current ASCE Code of Ethics adequate for the Civil Engineer of 2025?
       How do we prepare the Civil Engineers of 2025 for the ethical questions they will face
        during their careers?
       How can we encourage greater expectations for engineering ethics by 2025?
       What effect does new technology have on ethics for the Civil Engineer of 2025?
       Will an increased participation in the policy environment help or hurt the ethical standards
        of the Civil Engineer of 2025?
       How can the Civil Engineer of 2025 use their ethical standards to demonstrate a mastery of
        planning, designing, stewardship, innovation, management, and leadership?
       Are high ethical standards necessary to meet the aspirational vision set forth by ASCE?

RULES: Papers are not to exceed 2,000 words in length, must be written by only one person, and
should not have appeared in any publications other than in school or chapter publications.
Reference citations of the papers should conform to the official ASCE Authors' Guide to Journals and
Practice Periodicals, which can be found on the ASCE Publications website . Entries for the contest shall be limited to
one paper from each ASCE Student Chapter, ASCE International Student Group, or AEI
Student Chapter and must be submitted through the Faculty Advisor. Authors must be
undergraduate students, Student Chapter/International Student Group members in good standing,
and ASCE and/or AEI members in good standing at the time of submission to be considered. Entries
should include a cover letter from the Faculty Advisor stating the name, ASCE/AEI member ID
number, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail of the paper's author. Send entries to . Entries must be received by March 1, 2010.

SELECTION: Selection will be made by the ASCE Committee on Student Activities and winners will
be announced in May 2010. If insufficient qualified essays are received, fewer than five awards may
be presented.

Questions should be directed to ASCE Student Services at
                             The University of Oklahoma

               2010 Mid-Continent Student Conference

                           CONCRETE CANOE COMPETITION
The Mid-Continent Concrete Canoe Competition will be following the 2010 ASCE National
Competition Rules. The website for the 23rd Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe
Competition is located at:

The rules may be accessed through this site or directly at:
This site will also host a “List Server” that will help teams be updated with decisions concerning
interpretations and questions concerning the NCCC rules.

                               STEEL BRIDGE COMPETITION
The Mid-Continent Steel Bridge Competition will be following the 2010 AISC National
Competition Rules. The website for the 23rd Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe
Competition is located at:
This site will also hosts an “Email Updates” that will help teams be updated with decisions
concerning interpretations and questions concerning the AISC rules.

The rules may be accessed through this site or directly at:

          202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
                              The University of Oklahoma

                2010 Mid-Continent Student Conference
                            TECHNICAL PAPER COMPETITION

The Technical Paper Competition is one of the mandatory requirements for all ASCE
conferences and is intended to encourage members of ASCE Student Chapters/Clubs to prepare
and present meaningful presentations on technical subjects relating to the practice of Civil
Engineering. The competition will be judged on the basis of the inherent quality of the material
presented and the effectiveness of the presentation. There are three categories to this competition,
Structural, Geo-technical & Environmental. All topics within these categories are allowed.
Undergraduate research may be used as a basis for this competition.

This competition is open to all undergraduate students in good standing with their respective ASCE
student chapters/clubs. There is no limit to the number of students that may compete from each chapter or
club. Each student must be the sole author of the paper and the same student must make the oral
presentation for that entry. Involvement such as editing or advising by a faculty member is encouraged.

The paper must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point font on no more than 20 pages (single-sided).
Only text directly related to the item being presented and any accompanying illustrations, tables, figures,
etc. will count towards the 20-page limit. Title pages, table of contents, lists of tables, list of figures and
references shall not be counted towards the limit. No appendices other than references are to be added
to the paper. All papers shall have one appendix containing references following ASCE Author's Guide
to Journals, Books and Reference Publications.

Each entrant must formally present his or her paper at the conference. Presentations must be between
10 and 15 minutes in duration. A penalty of 5 points per minute or fraction thereof will be assessed to any
presentation that violates either time boundary.

Presentations must be accompanied by visual aids (Power Point presentation). The host chapter will
provide a computer and a computer projector. The presenter must furnish any additional equipment.
The host chapter should be notified in writing by March 20, 2009, of any additional equipment to be used
or brought by a participating school. The specifications of the projector and computer (e.g., model
number, resolution, etc.) will be provided at a later date.

A 5-minute question and answer period will follow the presentation of the paper. Questions may
be posed by the competition judges or by faculty and students attending the presentation. The
Q&A session will be moderated by a University of Oklahoma, Civil Engineering and
Environmental Science faculty member.

A copy of 1) the paper and 2) A 250-word abstract, including the author's name, school, and title of paper
must be submitted via e-mail to no later than March 20, 2009 in Word or Adobe
           202 West Boyd Street, Room 334, Norman, Oklahoma 73019-1024 PHONE: (405) 325-5911 FAX: (405) 325-4217
Any requests for modification to the above must be submitted to by
December 31, 2009. By Mailer II on approximately January 15th, 2010 all participating schools will be
notified of any changes or special requests made by other schools.

Scoring will be on a basis of 100 points, as follows:
Technical Content                                                                      50 Points
        a)    Significance of Topic                                                    (10 points)
        b)    Choice of Supporting Material                                            (10 Points)
        c)    Appropriate Scope of Paper                                               (10 Points)
        d)    Scope of Research Exhibited                                              (10 Points)
        e)    Development and Support for the Conclusion                               (10 points)
Written Presentation                                                                   20 Points
        f)    Logical and Clear Presentation                                           (10 Points)
        g)    Communications Skill/Attention to Format                                 (10 Points)
        h)    Lack of References                                         automatic disqualification
Oral Presentation                                                                      30 Points
        i)    Effectiveness and Delivery                                               (10 Points)
        j)    Use of Appropriate Visual Aids                                           (10 Points)
        k)    Capable Handling of Questions and Comments                               (10 Points)

The following is the breakdown of Scholarship Awards: (ASCE provides $200 to the conferences which
hold a Technical Paper/Presentation Competition):
Note: 5 papers must be submitted in each category or the Scholarships may not be endowed.

Structures:             1st Place- $1000
                        2nd Place- $100
                        3rd Place-    $50

Geotechnical:           1st Place- $1000
                        2nd Place- $100
                        3rd Place-    $50

Environmental:          1st Place- $1000
                        2nd Place- $100
                        3rd Place-    $50

For any question or concerns, please contact:
Chris Ramseyer, Ph.D., P.E., at
ASCE 2010 Mid-Continent Regional GeoChallenge at the
University of Oklahoma
  1.    Objective - The objective of the geotechnical competition is to design and build a
        miniature reinforced earth (MSE) retaining wall using paper reinforcement taped to a
        poster-paper wall facing. The design objective is to use the least area of paper strips
        and sustain a “footing” load of 50 lbs. in a 5 gallon plastic bucket placed 3 inches
        behind the wall top.

  2.    Eligibility - Each school may host as many teams as they wish. A te am consists
        of a m aximum of 4 students consisting of not more than 2 gra duate students. Each
        team shall designate a captain who shall be the point of contact for the team.

  3.    Submittal - The Earth Wall Design Paper. Invitation to the Regional Competition
        will be based upon submittal and ranking of the Design Paper. Teams having
        previously competed at regional competitions are encouraged to resubmit their design

        A.     The paper shall be a maximum of 3 pages long (not including references or
               title page). One inch margins, single spacing, and 12 point font are required.
        B.     The paper will provide information regarding the engineered design and
               construction of the mechanically stabilized earth wall.
        C.     The paper will describe methods (lab tests, correlations, assumptions) used to
               obtain the sand and material engineering properties. (It is possible that sand to
               be used may be altered after the submission date due to availability. In that
               case see item 6.)
        D.     The paper will list design equations, material properties assumed, and factors
               of safety applied. Also state dimensions (X = ___ by Y = ___) of a single
               rectangular paper coupon from which all reinforcement strips will be cut. The
               area of this coupon will be considered the total area of reinforcement. The
               coupon cannot be oblong or oddly shaped to minimize reinforcement. It must
               be rectangular. The maximum dimension of the paper coupon shall be no
               greater than 30 inches.
        E.     Judging will consider reasonableness of design equations, material
               properties, factors of safety, and assumptions. “Trial and error” designs
               will NOT be accepted. For example, assumed material properties of unit
               weight, γ = 60 pcf , and friction angles φ = 55° would be considered
        F.     The paper will also describe how this competition will impact geotechnical
               activities at your school and be used to promote geotechnical engineering.
        G.     The paper will be submitted electronically in PDF format to Dr. Amy B.
               Cerato by January 15, 2010, for review by an anonymous panel of
               geotechnical engineers. Sender will receive confirmation of receipt by e-
               mail. Cover page must include name of institution; names, email address and
               status (graduate, undergraduate) of each team member; identification of team
               captain; and name and contact information for faculty advisor.

4.   Regional Competition Selection – As many as twelve te ams will be selected f or the
     Mid-Continent regional competition based upon their design papers. Design papers will be
     reviewed by a geotechn ical eng ineering panel and ranked accordingly. The ASCE
     Mid-Continent regional com petition will be held at on Friday, April 23           , 2010 at the
     University of Oklahoma. Contrary to past co mpetitions, the backf ill m aterial will
     NOT be specified and teams may have to revise their preliminary design the morning
     of the competition. No re-submittal of design papers will be required.
5.   Sandbox – At the Mid-Continent competition, an apparatus hereafter referred to as a
     sandbox will be used. Each team shall bring their plywood sandbox to the
     competition. Painting and addition of school logos, etc., to decorate the exterior of the
     box is encouraged. The sandbox shall be made up of a bottom and three fixed vertical
     sides. The fourth side, also vertical, is a removable panel that serves as the temporary
     form against which the reinforced wall is constructed.
     1. The inside surfaces are planar.
     2. The removable panel is flush with the front of the box.
     3. The removable panel is held in place with threaded inserts and thumbscrews (See
         Figure 1).
     4. When the panel is removed, the two fixed parallel sides of the box are held in
         place by a threaded tie rod located 1/2 inch below the top of the box and one inch
         back from the inside face of the removable panel. (See Figure 1).
     5. The sandbox shall be made of standard, ¾-inch “A-C” type plywood. (Plexiglass
         boxes are not allowed)
     6. The inside dimensions of the sandbox shall be 26 inches long by 18 inches wide
         by 18 inches high. (These dimensions will be enforced and penalties levied for
         any box not in compliance)
     7. The box can be transported as flat pieces with predrilled screw holes for easy
         assembly at the competition.
     8. Tolerance for all length measurements is ¼ inch.
     9. There will be a 50 point deduction for out of compliance box specifications.
         Boxes will be checked for compliance at the “pre-competition” meeting. If a box
         is found to be out of compliance, it must be brought to specifications by the time
         the competition begins to avoid the 50 point penalty.

6.   Backfill Sand- The backfill material will be clean, dry sand provided by the host. To
     make the competition more interesting, the hosts are not telling the competitors what
     the sand will be at the competition. This will eliminate “trial and error” type designs.
     Although we do encourage you to build several retaining walls before you get to our
     competition to practice the timing and construction, we really want you to focus on
     the theoretical and applied design methods instead of relying on trial and error to
     choose your reinforcement amount and spacing. Not knowing the sand parameters
     beforehand is the perfect way to achieve this and rewards those teams that thoroughly
     thought through their designs and are able to quickly modify it.

     Instead, we will provide some sand parameters that you must use in your design
     paper, and then the morning of Friday, April 23rd, we will reveal the “actual” sand
     parameters and you must decide if you need to modify your design. You may need to

     increase or decrease the amount of reinforcement you will need, as well as the
     spacing. It is suggested that each team fully understand how they arrived at their
     original design numbers so that they can modify it in the field according to these
     “new” sand specifications. Teams will be scored on their final reinforcement area
     requested. The backfill material must be used as-is; no water, additives, or chemical
     stabilizers may be placed in the backfill material.

     The sand properties that you should use in your original design are shown in Table 1.

       Table 1: Grain-Size Distribution for competition backfill material.

                         Oglebay Norton Filter Sand 12/ 20
           Sieve          Percent         Cumulative             Cumulative
                         Retained      Percent Retained         Percent Finer
           10 0.0                               0.0                 100
           12 3.2                               3.2                 96.8
           16 55                               58.2                 41.8
           18 26                               84.2                 15.8
           20 12.5                             96.7                  3.3
           Pan 0.2                             96.9                  3.1

7.   Reinforcing Materials - (to be furnished by host)
     a. Facing - O ne sheet of poster board, sta ndard grade, 22 x 28 inches. (Can be
         obtained at Wal-Mart)
     b. Soil Reinforcing – One “Heavy Duty 60 lb Kraft Paper” rectangular coupon of the
         total specified X by Y area, will be provided by the host and will be pre-cut to the
         size designated in each team’s design report.
     c. Facing Attachment - Pa ckaging tape or carton sealing tape, standard grade, 1.88
         inches wide.
8.   Construction Tools
     a. The following construction tools m ay be provided by the com            peting team
         (quantities of these items shall not be restricted):
          i. pencils, pens, and markers
         ii. rulers and straight edges
        iii. cardboard or poster board templates
        iv. cutting instruments (e.g., scissors, razor blades)
         v. design notes, calculations and drawings
      b. Scoops, buckets and shovels will be provided by the host at the competition. It
          may be necessary for teams to haul sand a distance not to exceed 200 feet.
              a. Buckets may be used as tampers.
              b. Rubber mallets may be used as tampers on the sides of the box.

9.   Execution – Teams will be given (22” X 28”) poster-board facing that they will have
     to measure and fold to size (see F igure 2). Teams will have to fold poster-board to fit

their sandbox prior to assembly stage. Side wing-walls and bottom are restricted to 2"
each. To assist with folding, scoring with a razor blade is recommended.

A.      Assembly Stage
         i. Assembly stage should not exceed 30 minutes.
        ii. There are n o “bonus” p oints for fin ishing early. Each team will on ly be
            penalized if they take lo nger than 30 minutes (i.e., 25 minutes = 0 points
            and 35 m inutes = -5 points). This has been discussed extensively and the
            reason for not awarding points for finish ing early is a safety concern. We
            do not want teams rushing to cut thei r reinforcement and run the risk of
            seriously injuring themselves with a sharp razor blade.
      iii. Reinforcement and facing are m arked, cut, configured, taped, and placed
            in the box as appropriate, preparatory to placement of sand.
       iv. No sand shall be placed or otherwise handled during this stage.
        v. The cardboard facing panel provided is larger than the height and width of
            the MSE w all so that sm all, two inch “wing s” can be f olded ba ck to
            protect against leakage of sand around the edges and bottom. Tea ms will
            be responsible for folding and/or cutting the facing to fit their sandbox.
       vi. All tape used m ust be laid flat ag ainst the poster boa rd wall facing, with
            the sticky side facing the poster board. (Tape can only be placed on the
            front plane of the poster board, not on the sides or bottom)) . Tape cannot
            be used to increase the strength of the paper reinforcement.
      vii. The box must be completely assembled before sand is added (this includes
            the tie rod).

B.     Construction Stage
        i. Construction stage should not exceed 30 minutes.
       ii. The box must be filled with sand to with in 1 inch of the top, and the sand
           surface shall be horizontal.
      iii. The empty loading bucket shall then be placed on top of the sand, 3 inches
           back from the wall facing and centered between the side walls.
      iv. The loading bucket shall be a construction standard, five gallon bucket.
       v. Construction shall not be considered complete until the loa ding bucket is
           in place.

C.     Loading
        i. When directed by judge, the team shall rem ove the front panel of the
       ii. Failure of the wall includes any m easurable amount of sand running out
           of the wall that passes th e front plane of the box. If the wall looses sand
           that pass es the fron t p lane of the wa ll, they will be disqu alified and not
           allowed to load their wall.
      iii. If the wall does not lose any sand or deform past the front plane of the
           box, then after a stabilizing period of one m inute, team m embers shall
           apply a 50 lb surcharge load by pouring sand into the loading bucket.

                   iv. The 50 lbs of sand shall ha ve b een m easured and verified by the judges
                       prior to this stage.
                    v. Loading shall be completed within 5 minutes of the stabilization period.
                   vi. The wall must sustain the surch      arge f or at lea st 1 minute prio r to
                       measuring for “failure”.
                  vii. Failure of the wall will be declar ed if any part of the wall syste m,
                       including paper, tape and retained sand, reaches the front plane of the
                       sandbox. If failure occurs before loading is complete, the judge will record
                       the weight of sand in the loading bucket at time of failure.
                 viii. In the case of a tieb reaker, teams may load their wall up to a total of three
                       buckets (~150 lbs). The am ount of load is limited for safety. One m inute
                       after the first 50 pound load is applied, the proces s is repeated with a
                       second 50 pound load up to 150 pounds.
10. Scoring
    A. The team that scores the most points shall be the winner.
    B. Points shall be awarded as follows:
          1. (200-X) points for total area of paper requested by the team where X is the area
               measured in square inches.
          2. (– Y) points for the time taken during the assembly stage where Y is the time
               measured in minutes exceeding 30 minutes. For safety reasons, you will NOT get
               points for assembling faster than 30 minutes.
          3. (– Z) points for the time taken during the execution stage where Z is the time
               measured in minutes exceeding 30 minutes. You will NOT get points for
               constructing faster than 30 minutes.
          4. Up to 25 points shall be awarded based on the quality of the summary report
               developed by the team to document the design process used.
          5. Surcharge weight will only be considered in ranking if all walls fail prior to
               carrying the 50 lb surcharge or if a tie occurs for the square inches of paper used.
          6. There will be 50 point penalties for
                   a. wrong size box
                   b. bolt in wrong location

            Example: Team A used 140 in2 for the paper strips, supported 50- lbs surcharge, took
            35 minutes in assem bly, 20 m inutes in execu tion, and report grade = 20; their score
            would be: 60 (paper area) + (-5 assembly) - 0 (execution) + (20 report) = 75 points.

11     Judging - The judges reserve the right to disqualify teams for the following reasons:
          1. Failure to adhere to the prescribed construction standards for the retaining wall.
          2. All Judges agree that a team has deliberat ely tried to violate the spirit of the
          3. All Judges agree that the design calculations , safety factors, m aterial properties,
             and execution techniques provide an unfair advantage.

                           22 inches
                            18 inches

                       Cut off top excess
                       Height = 17+ inches

         17 + inches

               2 inch fold for wing-walls and bottom
               Razor score to assist fold

Figure   2 Poster-board wall facing dimensions


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