Penetron Continues its Support of American Society of Civil Engineers' 21st National Concrete Canoe Competition

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ICS Penetron sponsors the 21st Annual National Concrete Canoe Competition (NCCC) hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers' (ASCE). Hundreds of engineering students traveled with their unique canoes in tow to put their designs to the test---as they raced down Montreal's Olympic Basin.

ICS Penetron International Ltd., an industry leader in integral crystalline waterproofing systems announced their continued involvement with the American Society of Civil Engineer's annual Concrete Canoe Competition, a challenge in which students put their expertise to the test through determination, teamwork and innovative application of engineering knowledge gained in the classroom. In addition to the high levels of dedication and demand for excellence required for this competition, the students are able to gain firsthand experience working with concrete mix designs, learning the properties of various materials and refining their knowledge base for official entrance into the industry.

The NCCC is unique in that it incorporates various aspects of hands on learning and growth for the participating students, in addition to promoting teamwork and spirit. The entries are evaluated based on the use of creativity, innovation, technical skill and planning which is assessed through the submission of a technical design paper, oral presentation and a Q&A session led by a panel of judges comprised of industry professionals. The masterpieces birthed by countless hours of labor and love are presented through a project display as well as put to the real life test of being raced up and down the Olympic basin.

Rightfully winning this year's title, their 19.5-foot-long, 160-pound, white canoe with blue and silver stain battled relentlessly against worthy opponents from top engineering schools from across the country. An exciting turn of events as the 21st NCCC welcomes a new champion, the University of Nevada, Reno with their canoe the "Argentum."

"The materials and innovative knowledge required to design and create these concrete canoes are analogous to those being implemented in the building industry," said Christopher Chen, North American Director of Sales and Marketing for ICS Penetron. "Participation at any level in this prestigious competition helps refine and develop students in becoming pioneers of the future, enabling them to continue their spirit of determination and application of true engineering ingenuity. These students will be the new breath of life in the building industry and I am eager to welcome them as fellow professionals."

ICS Penetron International, Ltd., is a leading manufacturer of integral crystalline waterproofing and repair products for concrete with a manufacturing and service network that spans more than 60 countries. For more information on Penetron products, please visit our website at or contact Ann Martucci or Sue Yi at 631-941-9700 or email at info(at)

The National Concrete Canoe Competition is organized by the American Society of Civil Engineers and is funded by the generous support of the American Concrete Institute; Baker Concrete Construction; BASF - The Chemical Company; Bentley Systems, Incorporated; the Construction Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers; Holcim (US) Inc.; ICS Penetron; Kiewit; and U.S. Silica Company. This year's event is hosted by École de technologie supérieure.


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