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The design process and the final design are obviously huge components of success in the competition. The process demands testing various models and takes months to perfect. It begins when the official competition rules are released and the team meets to discuss and brainstorm ideas based on the given build scenario and dimensional constraints. Using computer programs such as AutoCAD and Visual Analysis, bridge models are designed and analyzed for performance. Based on these trials the stronger models can be identified and then further optimized. From these select few models a final design is chosen that best meets team goals for performance and efficiency.


Here are a few pictures of what takes place during the design phase.  Bridge models are drawn in AutoCAD and analyzed using Visual Anlalysis.  The results are compiled in spreadsheets for quick comparisons.