Going for the ultimate
With an eye to fostering an interest in engineering, Don Williams has helped organize the Ultimate Bridge Building contest and Geo Rocks event for between 10 and 12 of its 16 years of existence.
Williams said many in the profession do something during National Engineering and Geoscience month to showcase their profession.
“The intent every year is to foster interest in engineering as a profession,” he said. “Different engineering groups all try to do activities engineering.”
Williams, who works for All North Engineering, said this year they broke the record in entries, with 83 contestants trying their hand at building the ultimate bridge, as well as in the strength category, with one bridge handling the pressure of 795 lb. of pressure before breaking.
“This year we had the most people registered, 83 entries,” Williams said. “In our open category we had a person that got 795 pounds, the record prior to that was just over 700.”
He said 795 pounds is the amount of weight that it took to break the bridge.
In the first category, Tristan Dodge ranked first, Samuel Good ranked second and Brooke Dodge ranked third. In the second category Tyler Martens ranked first, Elijah Good ranked second and Burke Wood ranked third. In the third category Reid Williams ranked first, David Clausen second and David Leeson third. In the fourth category Geoff and Natalie de Ruiter/Alteen ranked first, Grace Kostamo second and Vic Whorpole third. In the final category, Steven Kostamo ranked first, Ryan Monsees second and Alison McLeod third.