The National Timber Bridge Design Competition is open to student chapters of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and Forest Products Society (FPS) in the United States and Canada. Joint or cooperative entries (ASCE and FPS working together) are eligible and even encouraged. A chapter may also submit multiple entries.

The Competition has 3 major objectives:

  • To promote interest in the use of wood as a competitive bridge construction material,
  • To generate innovative and cost-effective timber bridge design techniques, and
  • To develop an appreciation of the engineering capabilities of wood.
This competition is being coordinated by Southwest Mississippi Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D), Inc., a rural development program focusing on natural resources development. The corporate financial sponsor is Bell Structural Solutions (Minnesota), a division of Bell Lumber & Pole Company. The competition is also endorsed by ASCE's Structural Engineering Institute.

An adequate transportation system is critical to maintaining quality of life and promoting economic development, especially in rural America. However, throughout rural America, thousands of deficient bridges limit the movement of farm and timber crops from the fields to the mills. These failing bridges also limit rural access to goods and services. Modern timber bridge designs appear to be a partial solution to this problem. In addition to being aesthetic, economical and easy to install, timber bridges can boost the local economy through value added to a local, renewable natural resource.

The annual competition began in 1993. After going online via Internet in 1998, the competition now features the ability to submit entries online including drawings and photos, an online update page, and online posting of judging results. Also, following judging, all entries are posted online to allow teams to learn from the successes (and failures!) of each other.

For information on the 26th (2018) Competition:

Past Entries and Results

1999 Rules Press Release Results
2000 Rules Press Release Results
2001 Rules Press Release Results
2002 Rules Press Release Results
2003 Rules Press Release Results
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2018 Rules Press Release Results

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"This year, we had the privilege to work with 5 companies that donated materials and services for the bridge. Cooperation such as this gives the students direct interaction with industry. It also reflects positively on Virginia Tech and the sponsor companies. The bridge competition is an excellent community relations tool. In addition, it promotes the use of wood products, one of our few renewable natural resources. Last year our participation in the bridge competition generated a great deal of interest and positive publicity. We hope this year's competition will generate the same interest." -- Virginia Tech
FPS Chapter
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