Here are the results for the fifth BRICO to take place!

Congratulations to the teams, each bridge was unique as well as gorgeous and it is a remarkable accomplishment to design and produce a bridge in these times. Extra big compliments to PBuilders, who was the only foreign team to endure the uncertainty of pandemic restrictions and make it to the competition, all while keeping it light and hopeful.

We are very thankful and hopefully we’ll be seeing another BRICO in May 😉

For a more detailed overview of results and links to all of the photos you can go here.

Here is the official schedule of BRICO 2021.

After that we have a cool program for the audience – would YOU like to try and build your own BRICO bridge.

Mark down the dates, come cheer for your favorite team and we’ll see you then.

Dear friends and followers of BRICO

Due to the ongoing pandemic the BRICO team has made a decision with a heavy heart to postpone the competition. 

The new dates are 01.09-03.09‌

Until then, we wish you to stay safe and healthy and hope to see you all in five months. 

With love

We want to congratulate these 7 teams on getting through level 2 pre-evaluation and thank you for sending your applications on time.You have 3 months to keep working on your bridges and we’ll see you in May! đŸ„°

We want to thank all teams that sent their applications for level 1 pre-evaluation on time! We also want to congratulate these seven teams on getting through level 1 pre-evaluation and remind them that deadline for sending the application for level 2 pre-evaluation is 31.01.2021 before 21.00 CET ☀

BRICO 2020: ViDe – The Steel Bridge Virtual Design Competition deadline has been moved again. The new due date for the submissions is 31.12.2020 at 23.59!


The reason for the current postponement is that some contestants have reached out to us and asked for extra time for designing the bridge. We have taken your concerns in account and extended the deadline.


The closing ceremony has been moved accordingly. The new date is 14.01.2021.


Send the finished work to

Rules and more information on our site

Time to polish up your bridge knowledge, because BRICO 2021 is coming!

We are delighted to announce that BRICO 2021 will be taking place during 10-14th May in Tallinn, Estonia. Although BRICO 2020 had to be cancelled we strongly believe that all of us have been tempered by the experience and are hopefully able to better plan for the conditions of the coming spring. On our part, the organizing team is doing everything in our power to make the coming BRICO a legendary event that will be talked about for years!

The rules for BRICO 2021 are identical to those of BRICO 2020. as to give a deserved chance for last year’s competitors to field-test their designs, some of which have already been manufactured. As before, optimisation and out-of-the-box thinking will be richly rewarded! So gather a team, design a bridge, and you’re halfway to Tallinn!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via Also check out our home page for the rules and freshest information.

P.S. All participants of the final competition shall receive a certificate with 6 ECTS credits from Tallinn University of Technology.

We are sad to announce that we are canceling BRICO 2020. Due to the lingering effects of the coronavirus most of the teams would not have been able to make it to Tallinn in September.

All the teams that were going to participate in September are qualified to participate in the finals of BRICO 2021 in May 2021. As such, the design rules for BRICO 2021 will be the same as for BRICO 2020.

We want to thank everybody that supports and follows BRICO for their understanding! We want to give special thanks to all the would-be participants who worked with the organizing team until the last moment to make BRICO 2020 happen.

We hope to see you all in Tallinn this coming spring! Meanwhile stay safe and healthy!

PS: BRICO 2020: ViDe is still taking place and you are very welcome to participate (more info at where there is written "BRICO 2020 is canceled"


We are thoroughly thrilled to bring you the first ever BRICO 2020: ViDe – The Virtual Bridge Design Competition!

BRICO: ViDe is purely virtual – no real life problems such as lack of funding, problems with manufacturing or even global pandemic can’t stop anyone from taking part. It also gives a spectacular  opportunity to compose exotic on-the-edge designs that wouldn’t be practical to produce. Let your fantasy fly free!

Like BRICO itself, ViDe has something for both architecture and engineering students – the best bridge model and best bridge poster will be awarded! We also have a special prize for a team of newcomers.

So, all that’s left to do, is for you to find a teammate! Or you can take the journey alone!  Send the model and poster to before 24.08.2020 12.00 CET and compete in a friendly atmosphere with students all over the world!

More information:

*BRICO: ViDe has no participation fee

Naano speaking to journalists.

1. Analyze the scoring system and choose categories where to focus on best performance, it will be a trade-off, e.g. more elements=longer construction time or higher mass=lower deflection. By understanding mentioned relationships, proceed to the creation of…

2. Think through design! Don’t go with just classical structure, add something new/unexpected to stand out, aesthetics play a great role, must be considered!

3. As well while in the design phase, already make sure the materials/profiles You have chosen are in stock at Your suppliers. The catalogue might not correlate to actual availability, especially with smaller and more exotic profiles.

4. Put special attention on designing connections between elements, see galleries for examples. Include a mechanical engineer in your team or at least weld a bolt or nut per connection, construction timewise this will pay off greatly.

5. Build the bridge Yourself, after ordering materials, all You need is a tiny TIG welder, angle cutter and a room/garage. If not now, You will realize the true value of such empirical Xp in the near future. Definitely inform aesthetics jury, self-making gives + points

6. Choose a colour scheme wisely, be innovative, clever colour combination is the simplest way to make your structure stand out even better.

7. Enjoy your journey and time at the competition, be cheerful and make new contacts. Be curious and discuss structures of others, learn something from everyone.

8. Competition is not over till podium, thus prepare a great aesthetics presentation, practice construction speed and focus on making a clean run. Remember, pulling others down to look better yourself is not a solution, make the most out of your own structure! Practice, practice, practice!

9. Take the most of the rest of your time in Estonia, after the competition itself, the days include various activities and additional events, mingle and establish international connections with fellow engineers.

10. After returning, spark BRICO madness in your home university, pass know-how on and share gained experience. Cultivate the potential of innovation for upcoming years representing your legacy, university and country!

Martin PĂ€rnak sitting on bench, reading.

1. What did you study in University?

I studied bridge engineering.

2. How and when the idea of BRICO came?

The idea of BRICO came in Istanbul in 2015, when we were participating in a similar event. We did not have previous experience with organizing such competition.

3. How long did it take for an idea to become a reality?

The initial idea formed in April 2015. We started to commit to it in autumn of the same year, probably in October, and by mid-November, BRICO 2016 was announced.

4. What was the greatest ordeal/most intense moment of organizing the first competition?

The biggest effort with the first-ever competition was to successfully manage the four competition days and the following final celebration. I can still remember how we cleaned up early in the next morning after the party and then started to calculate the results and draft the reports with Kaarel. After that, we had to design the diplomas and prepare the assembly hall for the award ceremony. I don’t think we slept that night
First year, we had only a few people helping and a lot had to be done with our own resources and solutions. Moreover, this was the year Madis and I wrote our thesis plus we had to go to work
 The following years have been much easier in that sense.

5. Did the first competition exceed your expectations?

It definitely exceeded expectations. As we were organising this kind of event for the first time and it was only three of us, the risk of failure was quite big. We had essentially sold air for the whole year and it was amazing to see all the teams arriving to the competition and receive feedback with many warm comments afterwards.

6. Why do you think BRICO is an important competition to take part in?

BRICO presents a great opportunity to exercise teamwork and be included in the process from start to the very finish, beginning with developing the geometry and structure of the bridge and finishing with the hunt for sponsors and assembling the bridge during competition. Such mini-task challenges you with exceptional versatility, where you can solve different problems and puts you to the test in more ways you could imagine. In addition, each participant gets plenty of contacts in the form of Estonian entrepreneurs and also foreign students. It is extremely beneficial in further (work)life.

7. Any advice for participants on how to make teamwork better and smoother?

Each one of us is different and has their own strengths and weaknesses. You have to understand the characteristics of each individual, know their strong and weak points and consider them when sharing tasks. This way you may find many hidden talents within your team.

8. What is your brightest memory of BRICO?

Every BRICO is special in its own way. The brightest memories come probably from the time after the competition has just ended, the place has been cleaned up and you can let yourself feel all of those emotions that gathered during the competition week. It is an incredibly good feeling when another competition has been successfully completed, new friends have been wished a safe journey home and you can just relax and enjoy the upcoming weekend. That’s the spark that motivates you to do it all over again next year.

9. How has BRICO benefited You so far?

Thanks to BRICO I have gotten new job opportunities, improved myself in many ways, found a bunch of new friends, travelled and actually, thanks to BRICO I found myself a girl, who later became my wife. What more could you ask for?

It’s our pleasure to announce that the new dates have been decided and BRICO 2020 will be taking place on 31.08.2020 – 04.09.2020!

As BRICO shifted four months to the future from the original dates, we are also reopening the registration. If for some reason you couldn’t make it for the deadlines in January, here is your chance!
Just fill the registration form here: registration link and submit both the model and the joint designs before 31.05.2020 23.59 ECT. More information and the rules can be found, as always, on our website

We will still be keeping a close eye on the global situation and will make changes if needed. Excited to see you in September!

BRICO poster with new 2020 date

Dearest friends and followers of BRICO


In order to protect the public health in these current conditions, BRICO will be postponed.

The new dates are currently under deliberation, but the competition will most likely be taking place at the end of August or the beginning of September. The dates will be announced as soon as possible.


Until then, we wish you and your loved ones strong health. Also, a gentle reminder that working on a theoretical bridge model is an excellent way to suspend that home-quarantine-boredom.


With love

BRICO team

Picture of Madis JÀrvpÔld talking to a journalist.

1. What did you study in University?

In 2009 I started my university studies with bridge construction and got a degree in road construction and geodesy winter of 2017.

2. How and when the idea of BRICO came?

The idea of BRICO came in 2015 at a local downtown in Istanbul, when we were participating with a team from TalTech at a similar event. We came in 7th place, but the organization was quite poorly arranged so we discussed the weak spots with our teammates (Kaarel, Martin, me and Robert) and a delegation from our university (Juhan Idnurm, Betra Leesment and Ave Eessalu). After a quick discussion, we decided that we could also organize this kind of event in our region and to our delight other teams we competed with in Turkey were really supportive of that idea. We did not have experience in organizing this kind of an event, but we had a great desire and will to organize a better event than the one we participated in Turkey.

3. How long did it take for an idea to become a reality?

It took roughly 13 months from Turkish local to BRICOs first competition day, but we started setting the rules and doing the paperwork in summer 2015.

4. Who was the first sponsor?

The first sponsor can probably be named by Kaarel, who for some time kept the corresponding chronicle, but if we have to name our very first sponsor it would be TalTech and the Faculty of Civil Engineering. Quite a few sponsors and fonds believed in our ventures only when they found out that faculty had already given us one-third of the money.

5. What was the greatest ordeal/most intense moment of organizing the first competition?

I think that first competition tension is hard to perceive for current organizers, because we did everything for the first time and our management team consisted of four people (besides me, Kaarel, Martin and Martin’s sister Laura). Some co-students helped us by being judges or they came to our social events that it would be more crowded and students won’t feel so uncomfortable, also that organizers won’t drink so much.

6. Did the first competition exceed your expectations?

The first competition exceeded my expectations already because it actually happened. For a long time, we doubted if the teams that had promised to come would even do that.
The first hours of BRICO are worth remembering. The team of the University of Bialystok arrived at the hostel and they wished to put their bridge in our storage for safekeeping in the middle of the night. In their bus were Michal, Artur and Kamil, who were really interested in our organizing team and everything that was going to happen. I think I will never forget the reaction they had when they asked about our organizing team, me and Martin looked at each other and said „Yep, that’s us. And Kaarel as well“.

7. Why do you think BRICO is an important competition to take part in?

I would like to quote emer. Prof Siim Idnurm „
 this is not some noodle competition!“
BRICO is a unique opportunity to do something close to the real thing, but at the same time in a carefree environment, where there is nothing to lose. In general, entrepreneurs support such events and after a successful performance, it is easier to find a job at your sponsors’ company.
Besides BRICO helps to create contacts with other engineering students from different universities, who you would otherwise most likely never meet. Unfortunately, it is not very common for engineering students to take part in Erasmus projects, so every contact with foreign students is very welcomed.

8. Any advice for participants on how to make teamwork better and smoother?

Putting your team together, you don’t have to look at the brightest designers. Also, you need people, who organize sponsors, transport etc and they are just as important as successful designers because they make a good environment to work in.

9. What is your brightest memory of BRICO?

The brightest memory is the first competition ending. Everything was done and diplomas were given to competitors. We took our group pictures outside and all the sudden Poles and Croats appeared to take pictures with us. That made us smile pretty hard and feel good. It showed us that we did something right because people liked it.

10. How has BRICO benefited You so far?

BRICO has given me many great contacts abroad, fun occurrences for several consecutive springs and certainly a knowledge that good teamwork is a basis of great things.

We are glad to announce that the following teams have qualified for the final competition at Tallinn! Since level 1 pre-evaluation, in true last-minute student fashion, Heroes from Kazakhstan have been added to the list! Good luck to all the teams and we are looking forward to seeing you in May!

BRICO2020 organising team sincerely thanks all teams that have sent their applications for the level 1 pre-evaluation on time!

We are also happy to announce that all teams that have already sent their level 1 pre-evaluation applications on time and who will provide the necessary files for the level 2 pre-evaluation by 26th of January 21:00 CET, will have automatically qualified for the final competition at Tallinn!

We are thrilled to announce that BRICO will be taking place for the 5th time and is going to
be greater than ever!

BRICO 2020 has thoroughly updated rules, which will richly reward every step taken
towards the ultimate optimization of your bridge.

Our almost-too-eager organizing team is waiting for your designs, and of course yourself!
So assemble your team and come get the monetary prizes!

Click the rules link for BRICO 2020 rules and regulations. If you have any questions, don’t
hesitate to contact us via Also check out our facebook and instagram so
you wouldn’t miss out on any information.

To make things easier for you, all the basic information about next year’s competition can
be found here and downloaded here .

Rules and regulations can be found and downloaded here.

Best of luck!

P.S. All participants of the final competition shall receive a certificate with 6 ECTS credits
from Tallinn University of Technology.

The much anticipated video of BRICO 2019 is here!

Video by Marko Habicht

BRICO team regrets to announce that due to a mistake in the horizontal deflection points formula the final placement of the teams has changed. Parable Team (POL) has fallen to the third place and Team Lovers (EST) has taken the second place. The final placement of the other teams remains the same. You can find the corrected results HERE. Instead of 0.208 a value of 0.04 (coefficient in the lightness cost formula) was mistakenly used when calculating cost of horizontal displacement.

BRICO team apologizes for the situation to all the competitors and supporters. It has been a harsh lesson for us but we’ve already drafted a solution so something like that would never happen again in the coming competitions. The teams have been contacted and the situation with the prize money will be solved in a fair way.

The results of BRICO 2019 steel bridge competition can be found here:




1st place – Steel Spiders from Bialystok University of Technology (POL)

2nd place – Team Lovers from TalTech (EST)

3rd place – Parable Team from the Bialystok University of Technology (POL)



“TREV-2 Grupp AS” display award – ktuBulls from Kaunas University of Technology (LIT)

“Maru Ehitus AS” structural efficiency award – Steel Spiders from Bialystok University of Technology (POL)

“Mapri Ehitus OÜ“ construction economy award – Team Lovers from TalTech (EST)

“Fractory“ innovation award – ktuBulls from Kaunas University of Technology (LIT)



Team Steel Spiders – 1st place and “Maru Ehitus AS” structural efficiency award

Marta DzierĆŒanowska, Mariusz Sakowski, Marlena Dobosz, Adrian SoƂowianiuk



Team Lovers – 2nd place and “Mapri Ehitus OÜ“ construction economy award

Henri Palm, Paul Nael, Anni Evard, JĂŒrgen TammepĂ€rg



Parable Team – 3rd place

Piotr Wysock, Jakub SkoczeƄ, Maciej Siemionko, Dariusz Romaniuk



Team ktuBulls – “Fractory“ innovation award and “TREV-2 Grupp AS” display award

Justinas Ơimkus, Laurynas Melieƥka, Patrikas Tatariƫnas, Mantas Leipus

BRICO kutsub aktiivseid inseneeriahuvilisi gĂŒmnasiste saama osa vĂ”istlusnĂ€dala programmist, varjutades korraldustiimi!
Kui on huvi tulla TalTechi inseneeriat Ă”ppima, on Teie vĂ”imalus veenduda, et tĂ”epoolest on tegu Eesti parima ĂŒlikooliga!
Majutus ja toit vÔistluse jooksul korraldajate poolt garanteeritud.
Huvi vĂ”i kĂŒsimuste korral kirjutage, tĂ€psem info SIIN!

BRICO team is joyed and proud to announce another year of qualifiers for the final competition, taking place in sunny (hopefully) Tallinn from 13th to 17th of May! We really do feel that the level of finesse displayed in design this year is on a whole other level!

Best wishes to all the teams and we hope for an exciting journey to BRICO 2019!

BRICO 2019 organizing team gives their sincere thanks to all the teams that sent their applications for the level 1 pre-evaluation on time!

As there were fewer applications than available spots, we have decided to extend the deadline for new applications till 28th of January 21:00 CET. Up to 5 new applying teams will be accepted to the finals, granted they send all the files necessary for level 1 and level 2 pre-evaluations and their design complies with the rules of the competition.

We’re happy to announce that all the teams that have already sent their level 1 pre-evaluation applications on time and who will provide the necessary files for the level 2 pre-evaluation by 28th of january 21:00 CET, will have automatically qualified for the final competition at Tallinn!


Due to some questions regarding the allowable width of the deck and the bottom figure on page 6 which was a bit confusing we made an update to the rules file. The width limit is set only on the distance between centers of leg plates. Also some grammar errors were fixed.

We are happy to announce that the time for BRICO 2019 to take off has arrived!

BRICO is returning for the 4th year, offering new and updated rules to allow for a stronger international competition than ever before! So assemble your team for a chance to win considerably monetary prizes and the eternal glory!

Click the rules link for BRICO 2019 rules and regulations. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us via Also check out our facebook and instagram so you wouldn’t miss out on any information.

To make things easier for you, all the basic information about next year’s competiton can be found here and downloaded here.

Rules and regulations can be found and downloaded here.

Good luck!

P.S. As always, all participants of the final competition shall receive a certificate with 6 ECTS credits from Tallinn University of Technology.

Here are the download links to the official BRICO 2018 photos:


BRICO 2018 (by Edmond MÀll)

BRICO 2018 (by Raimond Vink)

BRICO 2018 (by BRICO team)

BRICO 2018 on polaroids (by Adeele Vesingi)

Results of BRICO 2018 steel bridge competition can be found and downloaded here.


With great joy, we are introducing one of our outstanding sponsors, who placed first in the 2016’s ranking of Estonian construction companies. Among other interesting projects, they were also the head contractors of the Baltic Station Market, which was titled as the best development project for the competition of entrepreneurship awards last year.
They are a construction company with nearly 20 years of experience, providing project-based general construction services, agricultural construction services as well as services in concrete works across Estonia. From straightforward projects to intricate technical designs, their mission is to be at the forefront of technology and innovation and to carry out enduring building concepts in Estonia.
Since 2014, they have also been working through a Latvian subsidiary in the Latvian market. While having successfully completed a number of projects in foreign countries, with a moto – “The key to our success is consistent goal-focused work!” they continue to strive to learn and adapt to the specifics and circumstances of new markets.
Their contribution to society, be it small or large, aims at creating opportunities and supporting worthy people and events. “Be an inspiration and a role model to increase awareness and consideration of each other!”
For further information:


Suure rÔÔmuga tutvustame tĂ€na ĂŒhte meie toredatest sponsoritest, kes 2016 aasta Eesti ehitusettevĂ”tete edetabelis vĂ”iduka esikoha nabisid. Teiste huvitavate projektide seas tegelesid eelmisel aastal ka ettevĂ”tlusauhindade konkursi parima arendusprojekti tiitliga pĂ€rjatud Balti jaama turu peatöövĂ”tuga.
Mapri Ehitus on pea 20-aastase kogemusega ehitusvaldkonnas tegutsev ettevĂ”te. Peamiselt osutatakse projektipĂ”hist peatöövĂ”ttu, ollakse seotud pĂ”llumajandusehitusega ja lisaks teostatakse betoonitöid ĂŒle Eesti. Alates lihtsamakoelistest kuni tehniliselt keerukate projektideni on nende eesmĂ€rk luua Eestimaa pinnal kestvaid kontseptsioone.
2014. a alates tegutsetakse tĂŒtarettevĂ”tte kaudu ka LĂ€ti turul. Nii mĂ”nigi vĂ€lismaal paiknev objekt on eduka teostuse juba leidnud, aga motoga – “Pidev sihipĂ€rane töö on meie edukuse vĂ”ti.” on eesmĂ€rgiks Ă”ppida juurde veelgi enam ja kohaneda uute turgude omapĂ€ra ja nĂŒanssidega.
Nende panus ĂŒhiskonda, lĂ€bi suuremate ning vĂ€iksemate projektide, on tehtud eesmĂ€rgil luua vĂ”imalusi ja toetada tublisid inimesi ja ettevĂ”tmisi meie ĂŒmber. “Inspireeri ja ole eeskujuks, seelĂ€bi kasvatad teadlikkust ja hoolivust ĂŒksteiste vastu!”


TREV-2 Grupp is a group that is focused on the construction and maintenance of infrastructure objects, structures and civil engineering works, offering reliable, sustainable and smart solutions. They wish to improve the quality of life and safety of people by building and maintaining infrastructure.

Companys history and experience as well as being on the forefront of technical developmen date back to the 1960s. They contribute to research and development activities and cooperate with Mektory, the Innovation and Business Centre of the Tallinn University of Technology. As a big company, they recognise their importance when it comes to the social sphere and therefore participate in the Responsible Business Forum in Estonia while constantly paing attention to theit ecological footprint.

Their suistanability moto is, “We help improve life by implementing methods in order to ensure that future generations would have the resources and motivation to do the same!” See more:


TREV-2 Grupp on taristuobjektide ja rajatiste ehitamisele ja hooldamisele keskendunud ettevĂ”te, eesmĂ€rigiga pakkuda kestvaid, sÀÀstlikke ja nutikaid lahendusi – tĂ”sta inimeste elukvaliteeti ja turvalisust, ehitades ja hooldades insener-tehnilisi rajatisi.

EttevĂ”te ajalugu ja kogemus arendustöö eesliinil ulatub 1960ndatesse aastatesse, seda ambitsioonikat joont jĂ€tkatakse tĂ€nagi, panustades uurimis- ja arendustegevusse ja tehes koostööd Tallinna TehnikaĂŒlikooli innovatsiooni- ja ettevĂ”tluskeskusega Mektory. Silmas peetakse ka oma jalajĂ€lje suurust keskkonnas ning suure ettevĂ”ttena tajutakse oma kaalukust ka sotsiaalses plaanis ja nĂ€iteks osaleb ettevĂ”te Vastutustundliku EttevĂ”tluse Foorumis.

Nende jĂ€tkusuutlikuse moto on: “ Viime elu edasi, aga teeme seda nii, et ka tulevastel pĂ”lvkondadel oleks ressursse ja tahtmist sama teha!”
Vaata veel:



Maru Ehitus (translated Maru construction) is a well-established company with extensive experience in general contracting, project management and design services. They are a trusted brand with portfolio spanning Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Latvia.

As a part of Maru AS companies, they have the capacity to utilize the experience of their associated companies that focus on areas such as steel structures or concrete. That synergy enables them to offer the highest quality and the most complete service possible.

Maru Ehitus has believed in and supported BRICO from the very beginning, for that we are truly honored.

Following is a short interview with the Chief Constructor of Maru Ehitus AS Tamber VĂ€hi.

  1.    You are supporting BRICO for the third year in a row. Among the students, MARU has become a much more well-known name thanks to that. Have you noticed that trend among young job-seekers and interns as well?

We haven’t really asked from our new interns if they had gotten their information due to BRICO. MARU has had a great reputation among students for years because we have continuously offered internships, and many of the former interns have found their calling and stayed with us as an engineer.

  1.    Has BRICO become a well-known name among the employees of MARU concern?

Yes, if we’re talking about the designers and the management-level.

  1.    The competition in the construction sector is fierce. There are many other large companies in the market. What do you think makes MARU special and gives it an edge?

One of the strengths of Maru Ehitus AS is that we have the strongest steel structure design team in Estonia, that has represented the company in many projects home and abroad. Besides that, our company is one of the market leaders in building information and modeling solutions.

  1.    What are the most interesting projects in the near-term that MARU is working on?

In Estonia: Eesti Traat AS production building, Chemi-pharm AS production and office building, Hotel and Office Building at Roseni 9 and 11 and the work at BLRT.

Abroad:Temporary Offices for Hanhikivi-1 Nuclear Power Plant (Finland), Altamira 2x165MW Boiler Buildings (Mexico), Logistics Terminal in BorlÀnge (Sweden).

You can find more information at

  1.    How do you think it would be possible to improve co-operation between students and the industry regarding competitions like BRICO?

With better information flow with a chance for the companies to be better included in the process and advertised as well. Industry could offer specialized internship programmes.

  1.    How do you think BRICO should develop in the future?

I think that the general direction is right and interesting. What probably would make the competition more interesting, would be a chance for companies to offer special prizes for criteria selected by the company (For example the best use of BIM in the project).


Maru Ehitus on pika traditsiooniga ettevĂ”te, fookusega peatöövĂ”tu teenuse osutamisel ja ĂŒldehituse projektijuhtimisega. Koostöös Maru AS kontserni kuuluvate sidusettevĂ”tetega, pakub Maru Ehitus lĂ€bimĂ”eldud lahendust ja kindlustatud kvaliteeti kĂ”rgelt kvalifitseeritud personali kĂ€e all kĂ”igis ehitusprojekti etappides.

Seejuures on Maru Ehitus AS on olnud BRICO kÔige pikemajalisem toetaja, juba kolmandat aastat panevad nad vÀlja eriauhinna kÔige efektiivsemalt monteeritavale sillale. Suuresti on just selle ettevÔtte poolne usk BRICO-sse pÔhjus, miks see edukalt juba kolmandat aastat toimub.

All on leitav lĂŒhike intervjuu MARU Ehituse peakonstruktor Tambet VĂ€higa. Eelmisel aastal sai kĂŒsitud

  1.    Toetate BRICO-t 3. aastat. Tudengite seas on selliste projektide toetamise tÔttu Maru nimi saanud tuttavamaks, kuid on seda trendi ka mÀrgata noorte praktika- ja tööotsijate hulgas?

Meie ettevÔte ei ole otseselt uute praktikantide kÀest uurinud kas infot saadi ka BRICO abil kuid MARU maine on tudengite seas olnud hea aastaid, kuna oleme pakkunud pidevalt praktika vÔimalusi ja pÀris mitmed on jÀÀnud meile ka tööle ja leidnud kutsumuse insenerina.

  1. Kas ettevĂ”tte siseselt on nende kolme aasta jooksul BRICO saanud ĂŒldtuntud nimeks?

Jah, kui rÀÀkida projekteerijatest vÔi juhtkonna tasemel, siis teatakse millega on tegemist.

  1. Ehitusturul on konkurents tihe. Sarnaselt Maruga tegutseb teisi suuri kontserne. Mis just igapÀevases töös (nö. platsil) Maru eriliseks teeb?

Maru Ehitus AS ĂŒheks tugevuseks ja omapĂ€raks on kindlasti Eesti tugevaim ehituslike teraskonstruktsioonide projekteerimise meeskond kes on esindanud ettevĂ”tet ka mitmetes suurtes kodumaistesja vĂ€lismaistes projekteerimistöödes. Samuti on meie ettevĂ”te ĂŒks turuliidreid BIM projekteerimise ja infohalduse vahendite juurutamises

  1. Mis on Maru pÔnevamad lÀhiaja projektid, millel ehitushuvilised vÔiks silma peal hoida (nii Eestis kui vÀljas)?

Eestis – Eesti Traat OÜ tootmishoone; Chemi-Pharm AS tootmis- ja bĂŒroohoone; Terastiim OÜ tootmishoone; Roseni tn.9 ja 11 Hotell-korterelamu ja bĂŒroohoone; BLRT Staapeltsehh ja puhastuskamber.

VĂ€lismaal – BorlĂ€nge logistikaterminal (BorlĂ€nge, Rootsi); Hanhikivi-1 tuumajaama ajutised kontorid, meditsiinipunkt ja sööklahoone (Soome, PyhĂ€joki); Boilerihoonete terastarindite tööprojekt (Altamira, Mehhiko).

TÀiendavat infot lÔpetatud ja töös olevate projektide kohta saab MARU kodulehelt

  1. Kuidas Teie arvates tudengite ning ettevÔtjate koostööd sarnaste ettevÔtmiste vallas vÔiks veel parandada?

Parema infovahetusega tudengite ĂŒritustest, milles ettevĂ”tted saaks olla kaasatud ja samas saada vĂ”imaluse end reklaamida. EttevĂ”tete poolt pakkuda vĂ”imalusel spetsiaalse suunitlusega praktikaprogramme.

  1. Millise suuna vÔiks BRICO Teie meelest tulevikus vÔtta?

Üldine suund on Ă”ige ja huvitav. Ilmselt teeks ĂŒrituse veelgi paremaks kui toetavad ettevĂ”tted saaks vĂ€lja pakkuda eriauhindu ettevĂ”tte poolt esitatud (ettevĂ”tte tegevusega seotud) kriteeriumitele (nĂ€iteks BIM kaasatus projektis vms).

BRICO 2018 has an exiting visitor – a true steel bridge competition organising veteran, a remarkable engineer, successful businessman and a former employee of American Institute of Steel Constructions (AISC) Robert E. Shaw, who will be giving an open lecture to students and professors about the history of student bridge competitions and how the first ones started in the States in late 1980s.

Robert E. Shaw


Take a friend with you and spend Wednesday in the exciting world of steel bridges!

– 10:00 until 11:30 Opening ceremony at TUT Student House
– 14:00 until 15:30 Bridges will be erected for public viewing and will be evaluated for display at university courtyard
– 16:30 until 18:00 Lecture by Robert E. Shaw at NRG-226

BRICO 2018 organizing team gives their sincere thanks to all the teams that sent their applications for the level 1 pre-evaluation on time!

As there were fewer applications than available spots, we have decided to extend the deadline for new applications till 29th of january 21:00 CET. Up to 5 new applying teams will be accepted to the finals, granted they send all the files necessary for level 1 and level 2 pre-evaluations and their design complies with the rules of the competition.

We’re happy to announce that all the teams that have already sent their level 1 pre-evaluation applications on time and who will provide the necessary files for the level 2 pre-evaluation by 29th of january 21:00 CET, will have automatically qualified for the final competition at Tallinn!


Hello there!


We are very glad to see that you are interested in BRICO 2018!

To make things easier for you, all the basic information about next year’s competiton can be found here.

Rules and regulations can be found and downloaded here.

Good luck!

Here are the download links to the official BRICO 2017 photos:


MAY 17th – Display evaluation (by Edmond MĂ€ll)

MAY 18th – Timed construction & loading (by Edmond MĂ€ll)

BRICO 2017 (by Eva Laura PĂ€rnak)

We have updated the list of links with media coverage of BRICO 2017 steel bridge competition. You can find them under “Media & feedback.

The results of BRICO 2017 steel bridge competition can be found and downloaded here:






BRICO team is glad to inform that we have found ourselves such an excellent partner as it is Maru Ehitus. Maru Ehitus supports us for the second time already, which has given us a lot of encouragement to continue our competition.

Maru Ehitus’ expertise includes general contracting, project management and design services. They have long-term experience in design and construction of different types of buildings and structures throughout Estonia and Europe.

Furthermore, when required, they have the capacity to utilize the long-term experience of their associated company Maru Metall, one of the leading steel structure producers in Estonia. Over the past two decades, they have acquired a great deal of experience in the design of steel, concrete and masonry structures

Maru Ehitus has built remarkable constructions in Estonia as well as elsewhere in Europe. One of many examples would be energy complex compound storage concrete bridge with a length of 27 m, a width of 14 m and a load capacity of 170 tons in Auvere, and their subsidiary Maru Betoonitööd OÜ was the main contractor for concrete constructions of Rummu tee pedestrian tunnel in 2015. This year construction works of REDI Center car tunnel in Helsinki Kalasatama have ended. Maru Metall AS has participated in the production of steel bridge elements in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Chile, with a total volume of nearly 900 tons.

As Maru Ehitus has been continuing to support us, we could not hold back our curiosity and asked them why they have chosen BRICO and got a response with surprising similarities between us.

1. What is the reason you decided to support BRICO event in the first place and why did choose to support us again this year?

BRICO is a great opportunity for us to promote the use of steel structures in buildings, to raise awareness among young engineers about Maru Ehitus as the steelwork engineering, production and installation market leader and to contribute to supporting the creativity of young engineers.

2. What are the shortcomings of young engineers in metal structures knowledge and skills?

Knowledge and skills in conjunction will come only with theory and practice. Young engineers have the knowledge to develop skills. Therefore, BRICO is a great mixture of effectuating theoretical knowledge and the ability to gather skills in reality.



Hea on tÔdeda, et oleme leidnud omale niisuguse suurepÀrase koostööpartneri, kes soovib meid jÀtkuvalt toetada. Nii head ettevÔtet juba igalt poolt ei leia.

Maru Ehitus AS on juhtiv tööstus- ja Ă€rihoonete ning rajatiste projekteerimise ja ehitamisega tegelev ettevĂ”te. Maru Ehitus projekteerib ning ehitab peamiselt Eestisse, Soome ja Rootsi. Koostöös sidusettevĂ”ttega Maru Metall AS, kes on Eesti juhtiv teraskonstruktsioonide tootja, omavad nad pikaajalist kogemust just teraskonstruktsioonide projekteerimisel, tootmisel ja montaaĆŸitöödel. Lisaks teostavad nad oma jĂ”ududega ka raudbetoonelementide paigalduse, raketise-, armatuuri- ja betoneerimistöid.

Maru Ehitus on ehitanud mĂ€rkimisvÀÀrseid ehitisi nii Eesti kui ka mujal. Üks nĂ€ide paljudest oleks energiakompleksi ĂŒhendlao betoonsild pikkusega 27 m, laiusega 14 m ja kandevĂ”imega 170 tonni Auveres Ida-Virumaal ning tĂŒtarettevĂ”te Maru Betoonitööd OÜ on 2015. aastal teostanud Rummu tee jalakĂ€ijate tunneli betoonitööd. KĂ€esoleval aastal lĂ”petasid Soomes Helsingis Kalasatama REDI keskuse autotunneli 1 ehitustööd ning hoonetevaheliste galeriide terassildade tootmise ja paigaldustööd. Maru Metall AS on osalenud terassilla elementide tootmises nii Soomes, Rootsis, Norras kui ka TĆĄiilis, elementide kogumahuga ligi 900 tonni.

Kuna Maru Ehitus on meid jĂ€tkuvalt toetanud, siis ei suutnud me oma uudishimu tagasi hoida ning kĂŒsisime neilt, miks nad on valinud just BRICO ja saime vastuseks ĂŒllatavad sarnasused meie vahel.

1. Mis pĂ”hjusel otsustasite esimesel aastal BRICO ĂŒritust sponsoreerida ja mille pĂ€rast otsustasite selle kasuks ka teisel aastal?

BRICO on meie jaoks suurepÀrane vÔimalus propageerida teraskonstruktsioonide kasutust ehitiste rajamisel, tÔsta noorte inseneride teadlikkust Maru Ehitusest kui teraskonstruktsioonide projekteerimise, tootmise ja paigalduse turuliidrist ning anda oma panus noorte inseneride loovuse toetamiseks.

2. Millised on vajakajÀÀmised noorte inseneride metallkonstruktsioonide teadmistes ja oskustes?

Teadmised ja oskused saavad tulla vaid teooria ja praktika koosmÔjus. Noortel inseneridel on olemas teadmised, et oskusi arendada. BRICO ongi hea kooslus teoreetiliste teadmiste rakendamisest reaalsuses, ehk oskuste kogumises.




Happy New Year from the Brico family!
It’s less than two weeks until we close the applications for BRICO 2017 steel bridge competition on January 16th – only 12 days left, to be precise. Hurry up and send us your bridge drawings to get an opportunity to participate in one of the most amazing student competitions in Estonia, full of unforgettable memories and many new friends from all over the world.

Christmas greetings from the BRICO family!

We are happy to see BRICO 2016 as one of the biggest achievements this year in Tallinn University of Technology.

Take a look at the other achievements here.

BRICO is now giving out ECTS credit for participants! More detailed information coming soon! Stay tuned!

In October’s issue of TUT student magazine Studioosus an article can be found about this year’s competition BRICO 2016. The article can be found on pages 10-13 of Studioosus.


Find the new and updated rules and regulations for the upcoming competition at


Over the summer, some articles about BRICO have been published. Take a look into TeeLeht and Inseneeria and find out more about the competition.



Links to media coverage of BRICO 2016 added under “Media & feedback“.

Here are the download links to the official BRICO 2016 photos:

MAY 16th – Meet & greet
MAY 17th – Practice day & field trip with Professor Karl Õiger
MAY 18th – Opening ceremony & display evaluation
MAY 19th – Timed construction & loading
MAY 20th – Award ceremony

Photos by Edmond MÀll and Eva Laura PÀrnak.


The results of BRICO 2016 steel bridge competition can be found and downloaded here:


Giving the final touch to the working sites


We have updated some drawings in the rules and regulations of BRICO 2016. You can find and download it here.

Someone is already set for the competition. Whose bridge is it?!?


Random location of the off center loading will be determined during the Opening Ceremony using random number generator on website (the randomness behind the numbers comes from atmospheric noise).


Less than 2 weeks left until the BRICO 2016 steel bridge competition starts! Here is a sneak peek of how we are getting prepared.


The steel frame, where the bridges legs will be fixed to, was tested with an actual arc bridge model with the competition load (horizontal reaction at each leg was approximately 4 kN) and we can assure that displacement in x direction is less than 2 mm (see “Rules and regulations” 3.3).



Photos by Kadi-Liis Koppel, Maret PÔldveer-Turay, Allan Alajaan, Kirsti Eerik, Marko Leppik, Maili Saia, Mari Kadanik and Ain Avik / Tallinn City Tourist Office & Convention Bureau

Deflections are measured in two locations: at mid-span and a random location between 800 mm to 1700 mm from midpoint of the span. Extra steel bars (without any loading) are going to be placed at both locations and vertical deflection is going to be measured using digital devices at the centre of those bars. To calculate the cost of vertical displacement, we will be using the reading from one of the measuring devices which has the biggest absolute value.

In order to avoid any misunderstandings, please note that the bridge’s legs will not be fixed during the timed construction. The bridge will be fixed to a special steel frame only for the horizontal and vertical load tests. So, while you divide your bridge into construction elements, we recommend that you check that the bridge’s legs will be stable and able to stand up without falling over.

Pre-evaluation results

Applications for the BRICO 2016 steel bridge competition are now closed. The results of pre-evaluation will be published on the website on Monday 8th of February. Good luck!

We heard that there might be some problems with registration as some of the files required might be too big for our mail server to handle. If this error occurs while uploading, you can send your information and files directly to our email Services like WeTransfer ( or File Convoy ( might also come in handy.

Appendix 1 can be found here:

Only six days left until the end of registration for BRICO 2016 steel bridge competition! The deadline for application is on Monday February the 1st.

Registration is available here:

As we heard that not everyone is familiar with the .ifc file, we have decided to add some more acceptable file formats besides that:
.rtd (Autocad Robot Structural Analysis)
.std (
.sdb (SAP2000)

To see more questions (and answers) or ask your own, feel free to visit “Forum” under

Happy New Year from the BRICO 2016 team!
Only one month left until the deadline for sending the application together with the required drawings and the IFC file!

In addition to .ifc model and drawings of your bridge we ask you to send a Certificate of Student Status for each team member when registering for BRICO 2016. You can probably ask one from your university.
Registration available at until February 1st 2016.
If you have any questions, feel free to ask them on under “Forum” or by email

We have added a BRICO 2016 pre-registration form to our website. Pre-registration is not compulsory for Your team, but it helps us to get a better overview of roughly how many teams are planning to participate in BRICO 2016 and by that we can be sure that we have taken every single participant into account during the organizing process. Pre-registration will also not entail any obligations, if You decide not to participate for some reasons, just let us know by sending an email to

Pre-registration can be found at

BRICO 2016 team wishes you all good luck designing the world’s greatest steel bridge!