Student Model Competition
This year’s Student Model Competition was hosted by Napier University, Edinburgh. Teams from Abertay and Dundee Universities impressed with first, second and third places.
The Brief, set by Dr Kenneth Leitch, was based on work that has been undertaken at the University through the Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures (COCIS) headed by Dr Robert Hairstans and Carbon Dynamic, an offsite manufacturer of volumetric units based in Alness in Scotland.
Students were tasked with the prefabrication of volumetric elements using card and balsa wood with the aim of stacking these to achieve the greatest cantilever distance possible. Structures were assessed based on cantilever distance achieved, materials used, innovation, build quality and structural elegance. Final testing of the structures was carried out by loading the cantilever until failure with the team whose model demonstrated the greatest moment resistance picking up the points for that category.
The brief was created based on the actual volumetric units produced by Carbon Dynamic which will be specified in the soon to be completed Dyson Campus. The relationship between the competition and the project was furthered by the input of the engineers involved in the design and test of the first elements to be used in the project – Andrew Livingstone (COCIS) and Max Garcia (Carbon Dynamic) fielded questions from enthused students and academics alike.
As a result of the success of the exercise, it is planned to run it again in collaboration with overseas University partners in order to create an element of further competition – one which provides an opportunity for Scottish students of structural engineering to prove their abilities on a global stage.
The prizes were awarded as follows:
Abertay Team 1 : First Place
Dundee Team 2 : Second Place
Abertay Team 2 : Third Place
Special commendation: Heriot Watt Team 2