Space structures research centre organised the Design, Assemble and Dismantle project 2016
First year undergraduate students in civil and environmental engineering participated in the annual Design, Assemble and Dismantle (DAD) project earlier this month.
Ten groups of around 10 first year undergraduate students undertaking Integrated Design 1 module participated in a hands-on project organised by the Space Structures Research Centre. The Project was part of their assignment to focus on the practical considerations in designing structures using full-scale physical models. Each group of students had to design a configuration using (all or part of) the available structural components and check the practicality of their design in the laboratory.
To facilitate the design process, a set of magnetic bars together with steel balls were available for making small scale models. Also, the full-scale structural components were available to the students for assembling the structure, or parts of it, in the lab. Later in the Project, each group had 2 hours to assemble and dismantle their structure. The performance of the groups were assessed considering the design, management and health and safety awareness during the Project. Finally, Novum Structures LLC, a leading company in the field of Spatial Structures, sponsored a prize awarded to the group achieving the best overall performance in the Project.