The teams competed in eight preliminary rounds from March through May in the hopes of qualifying for one of 12 places in the final. Those top teams then battled for another six rounds over two weeks in late May to determine the 2018 international champion.
The finals require tough decision-making in a short window of time. Experience in these pressure moments from last year may have helped “Just Crazy Enough to Work” maintain a steady, successful approach to the situations they faced.
"We knew from last year that resources were going to be limited and volatile. On top of that, this year's final rounds omitted information about rival bidders that was central to our previous strategy. We suddenly had to search for new angles to gain an edge over our competition."
“Just Crazy Enough to Work" finished the preliminary rounds of the contest in first place, but with several teams right on their heels looking to overtake them for the title. Though the first two rounds saw them drop as low as third place, they rebounded at the halfway point and never looked back. By the finish, they had amassed a winning score of 3,325 points, more than 200 higher than their closest rival, ensuring that the championship title would remain with WSP for another year.
Throughout the competition the team made its initial calculations in a few hours, but spent the rest of their time carefully analyzing the data and debating what the numbers meant. Some actions were determined by formulas, while others were gut-checking judgment calls.
As in the real world, trust in your collaborators was critical to the team’s success.
“Fortunately, we have all worked together on projects, not to mention working together as a successful team last year. That gave us the level of trust that makes a team work,” Tyler said.
“It paints a bigger picture of our industry,” Favale said. “You get a feel for different parts of the construction process, and how different factors can impact a project, both good and bad.”
The runner-up teams in the competition included "Birdies in The Sky" from the Robert Bird Group, Australia in second place; "Jersey Geoengineers" from Parsons Corporation, U.S. in third place; and "STANdout TEChnologies AU" from Stantec, Australia in fourth place. “Winning Second Place”, another team from WSP USA to qualify for the final, began in 12th place but improved to ninth by the competition’s end.