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Welcome to the University of Manitoba Steel Bridge (UMSB) Website! UMSB is a team of undergraduate Civil Engineering students that compete in the annual ASCE/AISC International Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC).

The SSBC started in 1992 and is a unique event that encourages future engineers to design and construct a model steel bridge while considering the effective application of engineering principles and theory. Participating teams are not only challenged to achieve innovation through design under strict competition constraints, but while also taking into consideration real-world engineering issues such as spatial limitations, material availability, constructability, project management, and of course, cost.

Here’s our team’s hype video from the 2017 competition!

For more details about the 2017 competition, click here!


The official mission statement of the SSBC outlines its mandates and intentions:

The mission of the ASCE/AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition (SSBC) is to supplement the education of civil engineering students with a comprehensive, student-driven project experience from conception and design through fabrication, erection, and testing, culminating in a steel structure that meets client specifications and optimizes performance and economy. The SSBC increases awareness of real-world engineering issues such as spatial constraints, material properties, strength, serviceability, fabrication and erection processes, safety, aesthetics, and cost. Success in inter-collegiate competition requires effective teamwork and project management. Future engineers are stimulated to innovate, practice professionalism, and use structural steel efficiently.

Special thanks to our 2017 sponsors: