Pontifex Contest 22 Results


These are the results for the 22nd bridge building contest.

The number of submission was extraordinary high this time. Some impressive numbers:

  • all in all 246 submission
    • 49 ARTISTIC entries (from 33 architects)
    • 153 CLEAN entries
      • 111 were accepted according to the rules (75 architects)
      • 42 were NOT accepted (38 architects) - sorry, but reading the RULES helps, honestly ;)
    • 42 DIRTY bridges (from 29 architects)
  • 102 participants from 25 (in words: twenty fife!!!) countries:
    Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden Turkey, USA (please note me if I forgot your country)
  • all took part in the lottery for the three full versions

I'm very happy that the bridge building community is a very international one. The availability of multi language rules might have helped, and I want to thank those guys who helped with translating: Taiguen (French), Nick (Italian), Ricleite (Portuguese) and Jonathan (Dutch).

The architects used various approaches to finish the level: cable-stayed bridges, (partly) cantilever bridges, lots of suspension bridges (below and above the deck) and truss bridges in tension and suspension (definitions of Basic Types of Bridges). The cable-stayed suspension bridges turned out to be the more expensive concept (with a few exceptions). Another point was the interconnection of both decks - actually, no bridge with independent structures made it to the podium. Based on my extreme expert experience (Guilderoy's triple Ex™), I assumed a bridge to win that was build of three evenly distributed upper deck parts, but the allocation of tension and stress made this awkward. Anyway, choosing the right concept was one thing - optimising it to the MIN is the other. (Another invaluable hint: always keep track of the material strength.)

The competition was hard as never before. Even well known 'bridge gods' had a hard time making it to the top ten or even didn't submit a bridge although seen on the CBCDF ... So, everybody who participated for the first time: don't worry, being below 40k on the clean level is very good - lot's of people promised to submit a bridge and never sent one! (I consider publishing their names, ah, not worth it! (don't take me too serious ;) ))

Feedback, please!

As always, any feedback on the contest is welcome. Please post your impressions in this forum thread. Each of the winners will get an eternal place in the Hall Of Fame (if he doesn't have one yet) once I get the necessary information from them. The bridge cost discussion forum is no longer password-protected until the next contest starts. For your reference, the rules/prizes page and the contest level file can still be found here.


For the title of the best ARTISTIC bridge, I ask you to vote for your candidate in this forum poll. The (preselected) candidates are listed on the 'ARTISTIC entries summary part one' page (link below). The poll will be closed after one week.

Next Contest

The next contest will be BridgeBuilder (classic) and it will start on Friday, November 19th and end on Sunday, December 12th. Diedummenschimpansen will be your host once again. I hope to see you all back then.

Special Thanks

First of all, let's all thank Chronic Logic for providing the prizes and especially Josiah for convincing ATI to provide us with the Radeon video card that will be awarded to the winners (tension rising ...). Too bad, I couldn't take part myself!
Further, I'd like to thank kingblind for keeping me happy during setting up these pages by providing me with a collection of cool and legal MP3's.

Extra Special Thanks

Everybody who submitted a bridge! I hope you enjoyed building the bridges, reading and posting on the forum and everything else!

Now ... the RESULTS!

The number of submission made it impossible to put all bridges on one page. Therefore, I decided to split the results page into the following parts:


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