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Student Competition

“Three Minutes” Failure Case Study Competition

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Competition details (PDF)

All students majoring in engineering, construction, and/or architecture are invited to participate in an individual “three minutes” failure case study competition to win a free registration and travel expenses to the ASCE 9th Forensic Engineering Congress, in Denver, CO on November 4–7, 2022. 

This competition takes the format of "Three Minute Thesis" which was originally developed by the University of Queensland for graduate students. Students have three minutes to present one PowerPoint slide on a case study of a civil infrastructure or a building failure. The competition encourages participants’ communication skills through effectively presenting a failure case study in just three minutes.

Three finalists of the student competition will win free registrations for ASCE 9th Forensic Engineering Congress and will present their case studies on November 7, 2022 to compete for cash prizes. Travels will be reimbursed through conference sponsorship including air fares and accommodations.

  • First Place $500
  • Second Place $300
  • Third Place $200

3 min. presentation

  • Student Competition Registration opens: 9/23/2022
  • Student Competition Registration closes: 9/30/2022
  • Preliminary presentations and/or recording submission deadline: 10/7/2022
  • Three finalists announced: 10/10/2022

Finals (3 min. presentation + 2 min. Q&A)

  • 9th Forensic Engineering Congress Closing Plenary November 7, 2022

Suggested Contents in the “Three Minutes” presentation

  • Describe the structure and relevant conditions
  • What happened?
  • Why did the failure occur?
  • How was the root cause of the failure identified?
  • What lessons were learned?

In addition to images and words in the presentation, computational simulations, animations, and videos can be incorporated on the one side PowerPoint. The presentations will be recorded and managed by ASCE FED Education Committee. With presenters’ permissions, selected recordings will be published on Vimeo or a YouTube Chanel managed by the committee. Presenters should respect intellectual property and appropriate reference sources. Unacceptable or unlawful use of intellectual property during the competition will not be tolerated.

Please submit your questions or inquiries if any to Dr. Rui Liu at [email protected].


Student must be a current member of ASCE to be eligible. ASCE membership is free for students.

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