Three students from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Macau (UM), recently participated in the 13th National Structure Design Contest for College Students held in Xi’an.
The three students are Iong Weng Chi, Ren Weinan, and Lam Kuok Fan. They competed with 110 teams from different universities in China, including Tsinghua University, Tongji University, the Harbin Institute of Technology, Zhejiang University, and Wuhan University, which are all very strong in the field of civil engineering.
The theme of this year's competition is 'Power Cable Tower'. Each team was required to design and fabricate a bamboo structure to support cables with weights in three different direction. The model submitted by the UM team was a combination of truss structure with a series of column assembly, which weighed 327 grams.
Iong said that the competition allowed them to put their knowledge into practice, broadened their horizons, and improved their civil engineering skills. The supervisors of the UM team are FST Associate Professors Kou Kun Pang and Lam Chi Chiu. Tou Ka Man, a technician in the Structures Laboratory of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, provided assistance with the team’s model testing at UM.
Co-organised by the professional advisory committee for civil engineering programmes at higher education institutions and the educational affairs committee of China Civil Engineering Society, the annual competition is one of the nine highest-ranked inter-varsity competitions in science and engineering in China. It is also the most important competition in the field of civil engineering. The event aims to provide a platform for civil engineering students to exchange ideas, build friendships, improve civil engineering skills, apply their creativity, and learn how to work with others. It also hopes to strengthen ties among civil engineering departments at different universities.