2014 Competition - Project "ELEVATE" - Emergency Lift and Exchange of Volatile And Toxic E-Waste
The Gondwanan people are concerned for their environment and highly passionate about sustainability issues. As an industrialised society, they like many others are struggling with the safe disposal and handling of waste electrical and electronic equipment, known as e-waste. Often e-waste contains high levels of volatile and toxic chemicals that can leach into the soil or be released into the atmosphere over time, impacting nearby communities and the environment.
The desire is to develop two autonomous ground based devices that will work together to efficiently transport the packaged e-waste over an obstacle of significant height. GEPA staff are struggling to build a laboratory based concept to satisfy this task. Fortunately, teams of engineering students from Earth are about to visit Gondwana as part of their work experience programmes. On 26 previous visits engineering students have rendered invaluable assistance with such engineering problems, and the Gondwanans again seek help from these budding engineers.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.
The objective is to design, build and prove a prototype ground based system in a laboratory environment that serves to transport a payload over a defined terrain which includes negotiating an obstacle of sufficient height.
Can you design the best system for the Emergency Lift and Exchange of Volatile And Toxic E-waste ?
2014 Competition Rules
The 27th Warman Design and Build Competition took place on Sunday 28th September in Sydney. With fifteen Universities from across Australia and New Zealand and even one University from Malaysia competing in the National Final that was held at the Australian Technology Park.
An initiative of the National Committee on Engineering Design, and sponsored annually by Weir Minerals, the Warman Design and Build Competition asks competing students to design, build and prove a prototype system in a laboratory environment that serves to meet specified requirements.
This year, ‘Project ELEVATE’ required that students two autonomous ground based devices that will work together to efficiently transport the packaged e-waste over an obstacle of significant height.
Based on their design, compliance with the project brief, and the 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 choice’ Award.
This year, The University of Newcastle with their device “Ro-bet” took out 1st Place with RMIT University coming in 2nd place with their device “Maverick & Goose” and The University of Auckland with “Phil & Dot” taking 3rd place for 2014.
1st - The University of Newcastle with “Ro-bet” - Team captain: Richard Keogh
2nd- RMIT University with “Maverick & Goose” - Team captain: Christopher Reeves
3rd - The University of Auckland with “Phil & Dot” - Team captain: Sam Logan
The Weir Judges Award and the NCED Best Design Award - The University of Canterbury with "Jasmine" - Team captain: Hamish Janett
Video footage taken during the finals can be viewed on YouTube by following this link.