ITL Group Engineering Apprentice, Andrew Dean, Competes in the 7th Annual Engineering for People Design Challenge

From stand-out student to Bright Sparks success story, ITL Engineering apprentice, Andrew Dean, has his sights set on winning the 2018 Engineering for People Design Challenge.

The Engineering for People Design Challenge is the award-winning initiative delivered by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UK, supported by the Engineering Council and the Engineering Professors’ Council. The Challenge is embedded in undergraduate engineering courses and gives students the opportunity to learn and practice the ethical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of engineering design. 6000 of the UK’s brightest students will compete later this month for a chance to be crowned this years’ winner.

Andrew’s team consists of two Systems Engineers, including himself, a Mechanical Engineer and two Civil Engineers; all of which are studying part-time apprenticeships like Andrew. Utilizing their mix of disciplines, the group focused on devising a better, more permanent housing solution for the ever-growing populations in Kibera, Nairobi.

Their solution is modular, multi-functional housing based upon the use of decommissioned shipping containers. Regulations permit 10-12 years use at sea before being discontinued, most containers are still perfectly usable for land-based use for almost 50+ years after this period.

The group established that most properties in Kibera are either 1 or 2 storey, therefore they have devised two different foundation types to be used dependant on configuration. The containers are also outfitted with a modular LED lighting solution and a 2kW solar panel array with 20-24kWh of energy storage; enough to power daily utilities that usually use fossil fuels, as well as powering efficient LED street lighting at night.

Andrew Dean commented on the experience so far:

“I thoroughly enjoyed the EWB Design for People Challenge as it has helped me to develop a greater appreciation for design constraints based on the location you are designing the solution for, as well as the wider impact of your design. Kibera has an incredibly unstable grid supply and sees frequent power cuts, so it was important to us that we designed our housing solution to be entirely grid independent and generate and store its own energy to provide an improved quality of living. We’ve also designed the solution so that in the future it could have the capacity to be connected to the grid and generate the home owners a small income by selling surplus generated electricity back to the grid.”

As part of his apprenticeship, Andrew is studying a part-time degree at the University of Greenwich in Engineering for Intelligent Systems (BEng Hons Cybernetics). The relatively new course concentrates on emerging technologies, such as robotics.

The winning team will be selected on Wednesday 20th June 2018 from a judging panel and get the prestige of being the winner as well as being presented with a cash prize to be spent on their academic studies.

Wishing the best of luck to everyone competing.

To find out more about the Engineering for People Design Challenge, including how to get involved, click here.

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