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The Setty Family Foundation: 2018 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 adapting today’s technology for tomorrow to local and global communities. Many engineering and sustainability challenges exist in the world. The 2018 Setty Family Foundation Applied Engineering Challenge is intended to stimulate student-led groups to find engineering solutions for building refugee shelters as needed throughout the world.

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Introduction

According to CARE, every minute, 24 people around the world are forced to flee their homes.  That’s 34,000 people per day who leave everything behind in the hope of finding safety and a better future. This includes refugees who have been forced to flee their country because of persecution, war or violence, and people who are not legally-recognized as refugees because they fled due to natural disasters, climate change, famine, or environmental factors.  The United Nations states, “All of these emerging trends pose enormous challenges for the international humanitarian community.  The threat of continued massive displacement is real, and the world must be prepared to deal with it.”  UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said, “Refugees have skills, ideas, hopes and dreams… They are also tough, resilient and creative, with the energy and drive to shape their own destinies, given the chance.”  How do we provide sustainable, scalable, and affordable shelter to those who have been displaced?  

 

Scope

Design a temporary shelter for use by governments, municipalities, and humanitarian agencies that will provide shelter and essential domestic systems for displaced families.  The submitted design should include detailed design documents including types of materials, system designs, estimated capital cost, estimated energy consumption, and maintenance requirements.

 

Constraints

Designs should accommodate a family of 6-8 people in an Eastern European location.  The structure will be limited to 24 m2 (260 ft2) with a maximum height of 2.6 meters (8.5 feet).   Structures will have no access to municipal water and sewer.   Power connections are 220V/1ph with a maximum of 15 amps.

 

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, use of ASHRAE Standards 55 and 62, and other relevant factors in the report including graphics, tables of information, and/or other typical presentation methods for a technical report.

Designs will be evaluated on similar characteristics of the refugees who have sought a better existence.  Tough enough to be portable, resilient materials, creative use of space, and energy efficient.  Additional considerations are construction costs, ease of setup, sleeping capacity, integration of essential systems, potable water storage, human waste management, and maintenance.

 

Submission

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 in, a font size of 11 points using either Arial or Times New Roman, and a line spacing not less than the MS Word standard of 1.15.  All documents must be delivered in PDF format and should be clearly readable in black and white print.

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 must be based in fact and the ability for the project to be communicated and completed during the current ASHRAE year and within a specific budget.

  • What is the long term sustainable impact of the project? Include the return on investment, financial investment, and other benefits which may be conferred due to your project.
  • Does the project address ASHRAE or sustainably related topics?
  • What is the level of creativity in project selection?
  • All quantitative analysis items are fully justified and explained in the project write-up.
  • Clarity of reporting the intent and results of the project, including money budgeted and raised for the project.
  • Use of ASHRAE Standards and other related materials.
 

Time Line

What is the Evaluation Time Schedule?

June 1, 2018
Entries must be submitted electronically by this date 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. All entries will be submitted to the national judging committee for final judging.

June 24, 2018
National level competition under the direction of the Student Activities Design Competition Subcommittee will complete evaluation of all entries and will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. In order to encourage additional schools to participate in the competition, a "Rising Star" winner will be chosen within each category from among those schools that have not had a winning entry in the previous three years.

Please Note: The Society level of the competition is conducted during a closed subcommittee session and therefore, team members and/or faculty advisors, or other persons outside of the Student Activities Committee, may not attend. Any violation of this notice can result in a team's disqualification from the competition.

Monday August 3, 2018
Winners announced

 

Prizes

Awards will be presented to the winners as follows:

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

First Place: $5,000 prize plus the entire team will receive free transportation and two nights lodging (capped at $5,000) to attend the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Atlanta where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Plenary. A 24 x 36 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.

Second Place: One representative from the team will receive free transportation and two nights lodging at the 2019 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Atlanta where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 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 2019 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Atlanta where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 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 2019 ASHRAE Winter Meeting to be held in Atlanta where the award will be presented at the ASHRAE Student Program. A 24 x 36 poster is required for display at the ASHRAE Student Program.