2013 Competition - Project "CROSS" - Crevasse Road Outpost Safety System
The challenge is to design a ground based prototype system in a laboratory environment to transport a payload over a defined terrain which includes negotiating a significant crevasse and some obstacles.
Fortunately, teams of engineering students from Earth are about to visit Gondwana as part of their work experience programmes. On 25 previous visits such engineering students have rendered invaluable assistance with solutions to similar engineering problems, and the Gondwanans again are hoping to benefit from the ideas of the innovative budding engineers.
The 26th Warman Design and Build Competition took place on Sunday 29th September in Sydney. With seventeen Universities from accross Australian and New Zealand and even one University from Malaysia competing in the National Final that was held at the Australia Technology Park.
An initiative of the National Committee of Engineering Design and sponsored annually by Weir Minerals, the Warman Design and Build Competition asls competing students to design, build and prove a prototype system in a laboratory environment that serves to meet specificed requirements.
This year, 'Project CROSS' required that students design a ground based prototype system to transport a payload over a defined terrain which included negotiating a significant crevasse and some obstacles.
Based on their design, compliance with the project brief, and performance of the device on the day, teams were ranked with a first, second and third prize awarded, as well as the 'Best Design' Award, and one 'Judges's choice' Award.
This year, the University of Canterbury with their device 'Patent Pending' took out 1st place with UNSW Canberra (ADFA) coming in 2nd with their device 'Tractop[illa' followed by Monash University with 'Aero-tronics' taking 3rd place.
Following the competition the National Awards Dinner was held at the Mercure Hotel, Sydney. The awards ceremony was a chance to reflect over the previous 26 years of competition and thank those involved.
The winners of te 2013 National Final were announced along with the 'Wier Minerals Judges Award' and 'NCED Best Design Award' both being awarded to the University of Auckland for their device 'Scorpio.'
1st - The University of Canterbury with ‘Patent Pending’
Team captain: Matthew Purdy
2nd - UNSW Canberra with 'Tractopilla’
Team captain: Andrew McKelvie
3rd - Monash University with ‘Aero-tronics’
Team captain: Jacob Milhuisen
Judges Award and Best Design - University of Canterbury with 'Scorpio’
Team captain: Kade Turner
Video footage taken during the finals can be viewed on Youtube by following this link.