Engineering Students Compete at the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race

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Ottawa, Ontario, March 8, 2016 – Canada’s largest engineering student competition, the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race, took place in Ottawa from January 27 – 31, 2016. Over 500 students from 21 schools across North America were in the nation’s capital and competed for the best built concrete sled.

GNCTR tasks teams with designing, building, and then racing a toboggan that must have a running surface made entirely of concrete, safely carry five people, have a safety roll-cage, have a braking and steering system, and weigh less than 158 kg. Teams of engineering students spent months designing and testing their toboggans, all while continuing their studies.

The teams’ hard work culminated in two key events. On Friday, January 29, teams showcased their toboggan designs at “Tech Ex” at the Ottawa Conference & Event Centre. The toboggans then hit the snow at the SNC-Lavalin races on Saturday at Edelweiss in Wakefield, Quebec. The toboggans went through slalom, drag, and head-to-head elimination races in each team’s quest for the overall championship.

GNCTR provides engineering students the unique opportunity to take the knowledge they’ve learned from their studies and apply it in a fun, competitive, and challenging way. Sponsored by some of the country’s largest engineering firms, including PCL, the companies attend GNCTR to meet with some of the country’s brightest future engineers.

The host school and sponsor for GNCTR 2016 was the University of Ottawa (Faculty of Engineering). PCL Construction was one of the title sponsors once again for this event. This year’s champions were from the University of Western Ontario. As well, a recap of this year’s event can be viewed here.

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