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2019 Applied Engineering Challenge

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The Setty Family Foundation: 2019 Applied Engineering Challenge

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ASHRAE’s stated goals and objectives include: extending the reach of heating, ventilating, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) information, connecting with others, and educating and adapting today’s technology for tomorrow to local and global communities to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Many engineering and sustainability challenges exist in the world. The 2019 Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge (AEC) is intended to stimulate student-led groups to find engineering solutions for designing self-sustaining, interconnected communities. Teams must consist of two to six students with each team member's name and school affiliation listed on the title page of the submission.  Teams can consult industry professionals, such as local ASHRAE chapter members, or faculty advisors for mentorship and advice.  However, all work, calculations, drawings, etc. that are presented in the final submission shall be generated exclusively by team members.

Teams are NOT required to have an ASHRAE Student Branch at their university in order to participate.

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Introduction

As communities around the globe are displaced and/or rebuilt, the opportunity arises to consider an intelligently designed community that does not rely on external support and offers a sense of community to the resident population.  What are the needs of a community disconnected from the outside world?  How can infrastructure be designed so as to be resilient and self-sustaining?  Building design should be approached with the needs of the community in mind, with considerations made beyond the scope of the individual building.  How do buildings within a community connect with each other and work together to offer livable space for the population?


Scope

Design a self-sustaining community that includes essential amenities (utilities, police, fire protection, schools, healthcare, housing, etc.). Designs should address the unique needs of a population not connected to a larger grid infrastructure. The submitted design should include details on how facilities and systems within the community interact with one another and incorporate innovative technology to best serve the population.  The team should consider the climate and scarce resources of the location as well as existing effects of previous development and/or environmental contamination, as applicable, to create a plan that promotes wellness.  Designs should also account for resiliency and preparedness for natural disasters.


Constraints

Designs should accommodate a community of 5,000 people on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico.  The community will be limited to 13 km2 (5 mi2).  The community will need onsite power generation, water and sewer treatment facilities, and agriculture as it is not able to depend on the outside world for consistent resources.


Submission

Entries must be submitted electronically by June 3, 2019 by uploading the entry to the ASHRAE Society FTP site established for this purpose. Only teams who register will get the FTP site information emailed to them, so please register at least 30 days prior to this date to allow for processing. The submission must be limited to a 25-page maximum technical report.  The document must be formatted to 8-1/2 x 11 inch paper with margins of 1 inch, a font size of 11 points using either Arial or Times New Roman, and a line spacing not less than the Microsoft Word standard of 1.15.  All documents must be delivered in PDF format and should be clearly readable in black and white print.


Judging

The project is a specific task to challenge your design and engineering skills. A portion of the judging will center on the presentation and justification of ideas, and other relevant factors in the report with graphics, tables of information, and/or other typical presentation methods for a technical report.

Designs will be evaluated on characteristics of the population served by the community design.  Does the design address the full range of needs of an isolated community?  Does the design offer a sense of community to the population?  Additional considerations include integration of essential systems, energy generation, potable water storage, human waste management, and maintenance

Projects shall be evaluated, at a minimum, according to the following criteria listed below.  For items not covered specifically below, judging will be based on the merits of the proposal and documentation presented as justification.  Teams are urged to use their creativity, but like most real life situations, the proposed solutions must adhere to industry approved engineering guidelines, utilize currently available technology, be financially feasible, and be deployable from concept through construction within a reasonable timeframe.

  • What is the long-term sustainable impact of the project? Include discussion of environmental impact, economic return on investment, social progress, and other implications of your proposed solution.
  • Does the project address ASHRAE or sustainably related topics?
  • What is the level of creativity and innovation in the project solution?
  • All quantitative analysis items are fully justified and explained in the project write-up.
  • Clarity of reporting the quantitative and qualitative results.
  • Use of ASHRAE Standards and other related materials.

Prizes

Awards will be presented to the winners at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Orlando, Florida, USA as follows:

  • 1st place
  • 2nd place
  • 3rd place
  • Rising Star

In conjunction with the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Meeting, members of the winning teams will be invited to meet with ASHRAE’s Executive Committee.

First Place: $5,000 prize plus the entire team will receive free transportation and two nights’ lodging (capped at $5,000) to attend the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Orlando where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Plenary. A 24 x 36 inch ARCH D, or ISO A1 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Second Place: One representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights' lodging at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Orlando where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 inch ARCH D, or ISO A1 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Third Place: One representative from the team will receive free transportation, two nights’ lodging at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Orlando where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 inch ARCH D, or ISO A1 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Rising Star: One representative from the team will receive free transportation and two nights lodging for attendance at the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Orlando where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 inch ARCH D, or ISO A1 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program. 

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