BRICO – The Nordic Steel Bridge Competition

BRICO is an international student steel bridge competition taking place in Tallinn University of Technology. The event is organized by students of the university and is the largest of its kind in Europe. BRICO 2020 is a fifth of the series and will be taking place on 31.08 – 04.09.2020.

Our mission is to create an opportunity for students from all over the world to come together and compare each other’s engineering knowledge and skills in a competitive yet friendly atmosphere. We hope to contribute to diverse engineering education.

BRICO challenges its participants to model and construct a steel bridge that aspires to be as optimized as possible. During the competition week in Tallinn, the bridges will be weighed, load-tested under 1000 kg for deflection, and put together from scratch as quickly as possible. The architectural value of the bridge will be judged by a panel consisting of premier Estonian architects, University faculty, and sponsors of the competition. The fierce competition is complemented by the organized social program of field trips, sight-seeing, and events where the competitors have a chance to relax and form lasting connections with other participants.

BRICO was founded in 2016 by Kaarel Siim, Madis Järvpõld and Martin Pärnak. In 2018 BRICO was visited by Robert Shaw, the man who created the very concept student steel bridge competitions in 1987 with AISC Student Steel Bridge Competition. Read more about BRICO’s beginning from the News: interviews from the four heroes themselves.


I place – 2000€

II place – 1500€

III place – 1000€

Special awards (aesthetics, weight, speed of assembly) – 500€ each

6 ECTS for all student participants



BRICO: ViDe – The Virtual Bridge Design Competition

In 2020, for the first time, BRICO will be having a subsidiary virtual design competition BRICO: ViDe. Reason for creating it was to bring an opportunity of designing a steel bridge in a competitive atmosphere to even wider audiences. No coronavirus, lack of funding, or problems with manufacturing can stop you from taking part in BRICO: VIDE. There is also no participation fee – just dream up some ideas, create them virtually, and send the model to us. Read more about BRICO: ViDe from HERE.


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