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A word from the Captain


Hello everyone!
Just a (relatively) short summary of UBC TBog’s year and competition:
The organizing committee increased many of the rules and requirements for us this year, but we managed to pull through the design and build cycles, without major issues. This year we added an electronic data logging module that recorded the stress that our concrete skis would experience, as well as the acceleration data during cornering, braking, and potentially a collision. The data logging module is a GNCTR first. For our concrete mix we continued experimenting with seashells as a sustainable large aggregate replacement, as well as implementing rubber tire fibres instead of the typical PET fibres.

Race day was rainy, and the snow was very slushy, so, unfortunately, we were in the half of teams that didn’t make it down the hill. Overall we placed 8th out of 19 competing universities, however we did very well in the individual design categories. We earned the following placements:

  • 1st in Sustainability
  • 2nd in Concrete Reinforcement Design
  • 2nd in Steering Design
  • 2nd in Innovative Design
  • 2nd Best Theoretical Toboggan
  • 2nd in Technical Reports
  • 2nd in Technical Presentations
  • 3rd in Costumes
  • 3rd in Team Safety
  • 3rd in Concrete Mix Design
  • 4th in Superstructure Design

We are very pleased with the results, and are planning for next year already. It is at this point that I’d like to acknowledge a few people specifically. Mohammed Farooq, a PhD candidate here at UBC, helped us tremendously in the concrete lab, and it was a pleasure to work with him. Dr Nemkumar Banthia, the UBC professor responsible for the research behind the rubber tire fibres, provided the inspiration for the data logger module which I believe directly led to our high rank in the innovative design category. Finally, Doug Hudniuk, a technician in the Rusty Hut workshop on campus, always outdoes himself helping with construction. He has welded our roll cage and provided general construction guidance for over 20 years, and I consider him to be our longest serving and most experienced team member.

On a personal note: I’ve been on this team for 5 years now, and this was definitely the most fun I’ve had. It amazes me to see the effort and commitment that the executive team and the new members put in this year. We had some crazy ideas for our sled, which lead to challenges, and successes. The 2019 co-captains, Paulina and Kayla, have a solid team for next year, and I know they will bring more successes to UBC TBog.

Daniel Adria
Team Captain 2018

Februrary 19, 2018 by Daniel Adria


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Danial Adria

Daniel is in his final year of Civil Engineering at UBC. He has been on the team since 2013, taking on roles with the superstructure and brake system groups. He served as Team Captain from 2017-2018.


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We are an engineering student team from UBC that competes in the annual Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR).

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Daniel Adria

Team Captain 2018

Daniel is in his final year of Civil Engineering at UBC. He has been on the team since 2013, taking on roles with the superstructure and brake system groups. He served as Team Captain from 2017-2018.
19 Feb 2018








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