What is the Connect Bridge Design Competition?
CONNECT – State Bridge Design Competition is organized by the State Ministry of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure as a key milestone in the Rural Bridge Program which targets to develop 2000 rural bridges in 2021.
What is the purpose of this competition?
The State Ministry has identified following challenges in developing rural bridges of Sri Lanka.
- Ever-increasing traffic and loads
- Mobilization of construction material and equipment
- The site and access constraints for construction
- Durability/Service life/Sustainability
Accordingly, identifying the need for innovative concepts and new ideas, to overcome these difficulties, this competition has been organized to get concept ideas from talented individuals and organizations.
Who can participate in the competition?
The competition consists of 3 main categories.
1. School Category
2. University Category
3. Open Category
Students can enter as teams or as individuals with the approval of the Principal of the school. The minimum requirement is a conceptual design of the bridge idea with a design brief highlighting the innovation.
Undergraduates of any descipline can form teams with upto seven members and compete. The minimum requirement is a computer aided model and comprehensive report with technical details. Competitors are encouraged to include any further items and be innovative.
Any professional, individual or any other entity/organization can compete with a team of upto seven members. The minimum requirement is a computer aided model and comprehensive report with technical details. Competitors are encouraged to include any further items and be innovative.
Will there be prizes for the winners of the competition?
Cash prizes will be awarded for the first, second and third places in each of the three categories. The total value of the prizes is over two million.
How is the competition lined up?
You can register for the competition from January 8 to February 15, 2021. The name of the institute, member(s) of the group, contact person, contact information, and a brief description of the idea (with a couple of sketches) should be submitted as a single page letter.
A detailed report on concepts and new ideas should be submitted from 15 February to 15 March 2021.
Selected idea submissions will be called up for presenting in front of a panel of experts on March 30, 2021.
The winners of the competition will be announced on April 2, 2021.
How to compete and register?
Registration closed on 22nd February 2021.
Click here to learn more about the competition (Links to the official website).
Click here to access the official Facebook page of the competition.