Engineering Core Project comes to a close
Engineering students have been celebrating success following their final presentations of this year’s engineering Core Project.
The students were tasked with using wearable technology to address the challenges faced by the engineering industry, identifying how Fujitsu wearable technology can be used to solve problems faced by the industry partner leading their project. Peter Brett Associates (PBA), Thames Water, National Grid and AWE each set their own specific challenges for the students based on the overall brief.
After presenting their projects to industry partners last month, the winning team was announced; congratulations to "Dolphins", Adam Carter, Ethan Nijjer, Joshua Mabbs, Rohan Inston, Saksham Tyagi and Daniel Thompson. Their winning project was an augmented reality headset to increase the accuracy of maintenance, digging, and repairs using a 3D underground rendering system.
James Maynard, Fujitsu, commented: “The project was a very rewarding experience. Being able to put the latest Fujitsu IoT technology in the hands of the students and enabling them to think creatively with industry partners to develop proof of concept proposals overcoming business challenges of today was a great project to be part of. These students are the engineers of tomorrow, so need to be able to utilize technology of today to differentiate them and make their respective industries more competitive.”
PBA employees Claire Whitehouse, Katherine Dowdall and Douglas Whittaker said: “PBA would like to congratulate the winning team ‘Dolphins’ who demonstrated innovation and great team working with their RIM model. We were also very impressed with all the teams that took part and the hard work put into reaching the presentation stage; Congratulations too to the runners up ‘212 B3’ who captivated the judges with their robust business concept and presentation skills.
“Working in Partnership with Fujitsu, AWE, Thames Water and National Grid this Core Project, successfully demonstrates how we were able to inspire and stimulate students’ engineering skills, allowing them to apply and confidently develop real life solutions.”
David Morgan, National Grid, commented: “I first became aware of UTC Reading during an open evening I attended with my son in 2015. It was clear from that visit that the students and business partners benefited from the strong relationships in place and I wanted National Grid to be part of the story.
“National Grid’s number one priority is safety and the Core Project using Fujitsu’s wearable technology provided an ideal opportunity to think about innovative ways of keeping our employees safe while keeping the lights on!
“The students were tasked with thinking about the challenges National Grid face every day and several teams came up with excellent ideas about how to overcome those difficulties using the latest technology – indeed the winning team for the project was a National Grid team.
“The winning team provided a clear and viable commercial product that could be sold not just to National Grid but also to other utilities, councils and authorities. They demonstrated that they worked very well as a team and leveraged the skills provided by each member, along with delivering the presentational requirements of the project.
“We were encouraged by the high standard of project finalists and look forward to a long and fruitful business partnership between National Grid and UTC Reading. The structure of this year’s project will help to influence future projects between us.”
James Cody, AWE, added: “AWE is committed to supporting and inspiring young learners in the important STEM subjects. We were very pleased to be involved with the UTC’s core project on engineering. The students worked on a real business problem with us and produced some really innovate and unique ideas. The project was a great experience for all involved and we look forward to continuing our involvement with the UTC.”
"Dolphins" student Ethan Nijjar commented: "The idea of our project was to produce a visual representation of the subterranean pipes and cables installed by the National Grid. It would do this through rendering a 3D map of the country with the pipes and cables displayed. The feedback system works by using a map of sensors to detect where an incident has occurred which sends this to a piece of software which can pinpoint the site of the incident.
"The project was very engaging in the way that we got to interact with the various industry partners and were given the chance to express our ideas to Fujitsu directly."
Tyagi Saksham, also on the winning team, said: "The final project day was great - our team was engaged with the activity and everyone had a competitive mindset. There were many different groups and we all worked hard to create an interesting and fun presentation for the guests to evaluate.
"Our winning project was a concept of being able to see wires/pipes under the floor using AutoCAD. It was an amazing hands-on experience using the different technologies that were provided by the companies. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a very exciting day."
Winning student Rohan Inston said: "This project was successful in exposing all students to industry partners and thus, through this experience, a wider breadth of knowledge can be obtained on the inner workings of our given company. Personally this was helpful information that has aided my decision as to what kind of company I wish to work for in the future.
"We (the students) have been reflecting and responding to this project very actively to help guide the next project. I believe this integration of teachers and students will produce an exemplary method of teaching and developing our next generation to best suit the areas that our country is headed to specialise in."
Student Joshua Mabbs added: "The experience that I gained from this project not only makes a great addition to my CV, but the exposure to industry is also very useful in readying me for the working world."