The designs were judged in 3 steps: firstly, a check of the dimensions and weight of the model to get qualified for the competition, next, a discussion with judges in form of a brainstorming questionnaire to gauge student’s understanding of their designs, followed by load testing of the models to check its strength and see the failure pattern. An arrangement of filling in sand in a bucket hung on the cantilever edge of the model enabled the measure of its load carrying capacity. The load was kept increasing till the bridge underwent bending /failure and gave away. The structural system, innovation in design, workmanship and aesthetics, load carrying capacity and the participant’s understanding of the design became important criteria for judgement.
An introductory session giving an overview of the event, judges and specifying general rules, marked the beginning of the competition, followed by the main event that witnessed participation of 34 teams, all equally excited and nervous at the same time. At the GIDC Bhavan, the atmosphere was equally exciting inside as the unexpected rains outside. The weather may have delayed their journey (as late participation was observed),but it did not seem to drown their spirits. The competition continued till late in the afternoon, paused only by a tea and snack break in-between.