On 26 Oct 2012 Ivy Branson, Academic Program Manager from Be Careers, was privileged to have been invited to witness the culmination of an important year-long Final Year project by 240 Civil Engineering students at the University of Melbourne. Each team comprised a project manager, civil, structural, geotechnical, environmental, hydraulic,  and survey engineer. Out of the 28 teams 6 were awarded prizes of distinction.  There were two first prizes, one for the best overall presentation and another for the best sustainable design.  Four other prizes were given to teams that delivered outstanding presentations.

The Bentley software used by the students included 3D Microstation, InRoads, WaterCAD, WaterGEMS, gINT, PondPack, FlowMaster, AECOsim, STAAD.Pro.

The course was delivered by Dr Tuan Ngo, and ably assisted by Philip Christopher, Senior Tutor currently completing his PhD.

The project required students to work in teams developing an integrated solution to a real-world engineering problem – Design of a Desalination Plant. This subject is the capstone subject for degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering.

Each project was judged on several criteria, including the applications of construction engineering, project planning and management techniques.

The winning team successfully developed an innovative solution that took into consideration the long term sustainability of the project. The standard of presentations was extremely high. Having been involved personally in many professional presentations and personally witnessed dozens in the commercial world, Ivy was amazed at the students’ presentation skills and their in-depth investigation into all aspects of the project.She haa no doubt that these students are destined to be captains of industry in the not-too-distant future.

Another standout presentation from one of the teams calling themselves “MNE consulting” demonstrated a variety of sustainable and innovative design features including excellent investigations into designing for material re-use, water sensitive urban design, a green roof and a net present value analysis with the incorporation of carbon tax which is a political “hot potato” right now.

Team NOVA provided significantly detailed 3D modelling down to the level of the membranes within the Reverse Osmosis halls.  Additionally site offices, tanks and filtration buildings were depicted elaborately.  This is illustrated in Figures 3 and 4 above.

It was team NOVA that delivered the most impressive water sensitive urban design 3D models with a design that ensured a reduction in peak flows as well as an environmentally friendly filtration system for site runoff. 

Winning team: Future Flow Engineering: Jeffrey Robinson, Joel Powell, Darwin Dato, Louisa Sorrentino, Irsa Haque, Satinder Pal Singh, Benjamin Kroenert, Ryan Philip, Phoebe Hollins with Ivy Branson from Bentley Systems.

Winners of the most sustainable Design Award: Group 2 The Avengineers: Riyan Gregorius, John Bainbridge,  Matthew Dominic, Quan Lau, Alexander Liebrich, Hsieh Lim,Yunn, Weih-Len Amitaabh Yee, Jun Qiu

Winners of highly commended presentation: Group 17 – NOVA, Jesse  Gloster, Sachini Gunaratna, Jessica Haykal, Upeshika Heenetigala, Jason Kersten, Ken Keung(Andrew) Lee, Ben Lyon, James Mizzi

Winners of highly commended presentation: Group 11 – GreenVision: Rui Rui Chen, Michael Di Battista, Abdallah Ghazlan, Lan Jiang, Johnathan  Kapelles, Mark  Rogers, Jianpei Yang, Peter Zhang

Winners of highly commended presentation: Group 3 – Avengineers 2: Arthur Cheng, Vinh Do, Kavin Dumur, Laurence Lim, Vincent Liu, Steven Nguyen, Shenuka Peiris, Jesse Wilson with Ivy Branson from Bentley Systems.

Winners of highly commended presentation: Group 5 – MNE: Fraser Ambrose, Harrison Lechte, Julian Moylan, John Nicolacopoulos, Corbin Stevic, Justin Tonti-Filippini, Irini Vazanellis, Jonathan Waddell

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