Welcome to the CraTeX website! CraTeX is the Crate Bridge committee from ConcepT, the study association for Civil Engineering. We are going to try to set a world record by building a crate bridge (bridge only made from beer crates) with the longest span possible. The attempt will take place on the 12th of March 2022. In the upcoming months towards the event we will take you along in the process and show you what we are working on exactly. 

Besides the website you can also follow us on other social media:

22-12-2021 Shear Mat Testing video

05-12-2021 Record attempt date: 12 of March 2022

We are happy to announce a new date for the record attempt. It will be Saturday the 12th of March 2022. We are looking forward to see you there. Or if possible on the livestream or on the Crate Bridge radio! Meanwhile we are working hard to prepare for our attempt. 

27-11-2021 New committee members

To reinforce our committee and push us towards a succesful attempt at breaking the record, a few new members joined the committee. On this page you can see who the new members are.

– Tim will become Secretary
– Jochem will become Chief of External Affairs
– Lars will become Chief of Logistics
– Welmoed will become Chief of Building Process

In the process of designing the crate bridge some parameters had to be defined to create the optimal construction. Therefore some of us went to the concrete lab a while ago to do some crate testing. How this works you can see in the aftermovie we put together!

02-06-2021 Our first sponsor Grolsch!

At Grolsch, craftsmanship is important to us. As a modern brewery, we have a constant focus on sustainability and innovation, and are we always looking for better ways to make our processes as efficient as possible. We challenge ourselves to go that little bit further. Partly for this reason, we are very proud to work with study association ConcepT in the challenge they have set themselves: building a crate bridge!

The pleasant cooperation between Grolsch and ConcepT has been going on for several years. Although the crate bridge unfortunately did not make it last time, we were no less impressed by the innovative capacity that was in the construction. This time too we are excited to see the creative, innovative way the team will convert our 10,000 crates into a 36 meter long bridge. Of course we have every confidence in the team, but whether or not the bridge will save the hour: it is in any case a fine example of Craftsmanship and Mastership!

There is nothing left for us but to wish the team a lot of success in their challenging project. We are very much looking forward to the masterful construction!

12-05-2021 From the ConcepT board

Here in Twente we have an innovative University and we, as ConcepT, the Study Association for Civil Engineering, have the same mindset. Within this mindset we would like to go big and how can you achieve this better than with attempting a world record. A world record for making the largest span with only beer crates.

We, as Board of Study Association ConcepT, are very proud of our CraTeX committee. The motto of our Board is “Quidquid Accidit, Construere Perseveramus”, which freely translated means: No matter what happens, we keep building and I think that this is exactly what the CraTeX committee is doing. During these strange times, they keep up the spirit and keep on building on all the aspects that are concerning the greater goal; making the largest span of a bridge with only beer crates. We are looking forward for the world record attempt at the end of the year!

On behalf of the 33rd Board of ConcepT,

Nick van Nijen

First of all what exactly is a Crate Bridge? A crate bridge is a bridge made up only
of crates, simple right? In reality, this is a little more difficult. In a
construction, different forces are acting, think of gravity and different compression
and tensile forces. To keep the bridge standing, all these forces must be in
equilibrium, which requires a well thought out design.

Do you want to know more about the design of a crate bridge?

09-04-2021 CraTeX has kicked off again!

Hey there! Nice that you take time to read about the CraTeX. What is the CraTeX? We are a committee of students that will be trying to set a world record. What world record? Typically, a student world record: building a bridge of beer crates with the longest span as possible. It might seem easy, but we can assure you that this is not the case… After the previous attempt, which unfortunately did not succeed, we are back at it again, with fresh people to take the lead. In the upcoming months towards the event, we will be giving insights in the processes and updates about our progression. Of course, you do not want to miss a spectacular event like this and therefore we see you thinking, when will this activity take place and where? The exact data is still unknown, but the attempt to break the world record will most likely take place in autumn. The bridge will be built on the Campus of the University of Twente, near the main entrance. There will hopefully, if the regulations regarding corona allow it, be entertainment around the construction site. We hope to see that many of you will pass by for a refreshing drink when the time is there!

F.l.t.r Gert-Jan, Wybren, Carmen, Denise, Jaime, Brian, Maaike, Madieke, Walter

The new Crate Bridge committee looks as follows:

Jaime de Bruin – Chairman
Maaike Uijttenboogaard – Secretary
Brian Oppers – Treasurer
Walter Winkel – Chief of internal affairs
Denise Thus – Chief of external affairs
Wybren de Jong – Chief of external affairs
Carmen Asbreuk – Chief of logistics
Gert-Jan Blom – Chief of design
Madieke van Oosterhout – Chief of design
Nick van Nijen – Chief of design
Welmoed Spanjer – Chief of design