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Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development

2019 Bridge: Mallkuchusi, Bolivia

During the summer of 2019, the team successfully constructed a
suspended footbridge in the rural community of Mallkuchusi, Bolivia. The bridge crosses the Rio Mallkuchusi which passes through the nearby communities of Mallkachusi, Cobre Villa, and Janco Marca. This project was a continuation of the Mallkuchusi Bridge, which NDSEED began in the spring of 2018. During which, the team quickly realized that excavations in the rock would be exceedingly difficult and posed a significant challenge. In 2019 the NDSEED team for the Mallkuchusi Bridge Project Phase II proposed a nonstandard anchor design to reduce the required excavation volume in the challenging rock conditions. During the 2019 build season, NDSEED was able to construct the non-standard anchor with the assistance of the local community in approximately 11 weeks. The completed pedestrian bridge has a span of 96.2 meters and now serves the 63 people of Mallkuchusi as well as the 80 people of Cobre Villa and Janco Marca.

Major: Civil Engineering

Class: 2019

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Role: Project Manager
 

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Class: 2019

Hometown: Minster, OH

Role: Safety Manager

Major: Mechanical Engineering &              Physics

Class: 2019

Hometown: Villahermosa, Mexico

Role: Construction Manager

Major: Civil Engineering 

Class: 2021

Hometown: Bartlett, IL

Role: Research Lead 

Major: Civil Engineering 

Class: 2021

Hometown: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Role: VCA

Major: Environmental Engineering 

Class: 2020

Hometown: Carson, CA

Role: VCA

Major: Civil Engineering

Class: 2019

Hometown: Plymouth, MI

Role: Bridge Engineer

Major: Civil Engineering

Class: 2020

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Role: Business Manager

Major: Mechanical Engineering 

Class: 2019

Hometown: La Paz, Bolivia

Role: Community                                Engagement Lead

Major: Civil Engineering &                    Spanish 

Class: 2020

Hometown: Clarendon Hills, IL

Role: Quality Control Engineer

Major: Civil Engineering 

Class: 2020

Hometown: Garnet Valley, PA

Role: VCA

Major: Civil Engineering 

Class: 2021

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Role: VCA