ELYRIA, OhioKS Associates, a civil engineering and surveying firm located in Elyria, Ohio, is sponsoring the University of Akron’s 2013 ASCE Student Chapter Concrete Canoe Team. The team is comprised of 12 University of Akron civil engineering students who share one goal — design, construct and race a 20-foot concrete canoe, and qualify to compete in the ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. KS is donating 3D laser scanning services, which will help facilitate design of the canoe.

On Nov.29, canoe team captain Clint Cochran and fellow team member Justin Wolf brought a fiberglass canoe to KS headquarters. KS Surveyor Rick Costello scanned the canoe using a Leica ScanStation C10, giving the civil engineering students a hands-on lesson in laser scanning technology. KS will convert the laser scanning data into a CAD file, which the students will use to design a water-worthy canoe.

The first round of canoe races takes place on April 5, 2013, at Hinckley Lake during the ASCE Ohio Valley Student Conference. The UA team will be among 13 competing teams from Ohio, Kentucky and Pennsylvania. Each team will score points based on canoe race results, a technical paper, an oral presentation, the canoe’s graphics and aesthetics, and overall presentation. The winning team will have the opportunity to compete nationally against schools from across the country at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in June 2013.

According to Lynn Miggins, P.E., president of KS Associates, “KS is excited to be part of a competition that helps students develop essential civil engineering skills. The competition requires design, team building, project management, technical writing, networking and marketing — skills that engineers use throughout their careers.”