We represent the 2017 Montana Tech Heavy Civil Team. Our senior design project consisted of competing in the Region 6 ASC (Associated Schools of Construction) Heavy Civil Bidding Competition in Sparks, Nevada. The competition required a full year of preparation. The fall semester was composed of planning, practicing, and gathering resources. The spring semester involved traveling to Sparks, Nevada, and performing in the competition. Preparing for the competition involved practice bids, where the team studied various aspects of heavy civil construction. Time was devoted to developing presentation skills, and different team bonding exercises encouraged unit cohesion. Finally, our preparation culminated with a simulated competition where we estimated a project and presented our solution to a mock panel of judges. The competition involved a 16-hour period where we developed our bid and solution for the given problem statement. We then were given an 8-hour time frame to prepare for a 20-minute presentation, which was followed by a 10-minute Q&A session.
Advisors: Larry Hunter and Sonya Rosenthal