Student duo enjoy cracking egg competition win
Pair win ACI challenge to design and build Egg Protection Device
University of Balamand duo Celine Habib and Mariane Abi Fadel proved to be a smashing team as they won the Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS) student competition called 'ACI Egg Protection Device'.
Celine and Mariane were awarded a trip to attend the ACI 2014 Fall Convention on 26-30 October in Washington D.C., USA.
Celine said: “Joining this competition was a great experience. It has widened my knowledge and lots of opportunities were opened to me. It pushed me to my limits and made me challenge myself.”
Held in cooperation with ACI Lebanon Chapter, the competition challenged participants to design and build the highest-impact-load resistant plain or reinforced concrete Egg Protection Device (EPD), which is a concrete arch meant to protect an egg placed underneath, that is subject to destruction by impact loading.
During the testing procedure, each EPD was subjected to an impact load of 8kg falling from several increasing heights of 0.5m, 1m, 1.5m, 2m, 2.5m, and up to five times from 3m.
The winning EPD was determined based on the maximum cumulative height reached prior to failure (cracking of the egg constituted failure of the EPD).
Mariane said: “Being able to join this competition and win the first prize, gave me the chance to prove myself and improve my self-esteem. It’s such an honor to represent Lebanon and my university in the ACI Conference in Washington and I look forward to meeting students, professors and technical professionals from all over the world. This was a unique experience and might be one of the most important stages of my life."
The announcement was made at the recently held Future Concrete Lebanon 2014, an annual international capability building event for the construction industry organised by ACTS.
Second place honours went to Noor Issa and Nivine El Kheir from The Lebanese University, Tripoli; while Rached Rached, also from the University of Balamand, came third. Cash awards of $500 and $200 were given to the second and third placed winners respectively.
Khaled Awad, chairman of ACTS and president of the Lebanese Concrete Society-ACI Lebanon Chapter, said, “Once again we witnessed such immense potential from our university students who participated in the competition. The overall competition foretells how much progress the construction industry can further achieve with the help of these talented and motivated youth."