Engineers Collaborate with the Community


Possessions and safety is a big issue
and everybody wants to be safe and they want their possessions taken care of.
Right now most of the homes people use shopping carts to house their
possessions and I believe that with this initiative between the Metro, the RCMP,
and UBCO developing these carts you’ll get away from the shopping carts around
town and they can pack their personal items within these carts in conjunction
with the RCMP, the Metro they brought the idea to UBCO, and UBCO came on
board and here we are a year later and we have concept carts being designed by
the students. The full basically cycle of design in engineering starts from the
conceptual design then it moves to the tradeoff design, and eventually to the
detailed design. So in this project we are lucky, and at the same time is
challenging that we have to kind of, carry-on on all these steps, so our
first year design courses students working more on the conceptual design part, whereas our fourth-year capstone project and some of the graduate students taking those
ideas started looking at the trade off part of the design, and down the road I
can see very nicely these come together and move towards more kind of finalizing the
design options going to grow actual production. Our capstone project is based
on helping out the homeless community by building a personal belongings carrier a
replacement for the shopping carts that they usually have.
This project was part of our first year design course, ASPC 171. This was a challenge
put forward by a variety of organizations to create a cart which can
be used for homeless people to facilitate their lives and also to get away from
the traditional shopping cart, just because it’s a little bit of messy
set up, and also allows us to integrate features such an electrical generator
for a lockable storage. Just anything we can do to really improve the quality of
life out on the streets. Really cool project to work on because it
allows us to have so much freedom of design, it allowed us to do things that
we want to play with so we have an idea, we just down the white board, we kind of come up with a different way of solving the problem. Designed our entire interior around how we thought would be best. We can still use traditional manufacturing techniques, it’s just about how we’re able to put it forward. I think it’s just a great opportunity to give back in
terms of we’re not just doing something for our own experience. So it’s something
you can actually see help the community. Because everyone taking really a sense of
pride off this and given that you have several partners involvement this, not totally up to UBC but from outside, so helping all the way from our undergrad students, graduate students,
faculty members to get involved in different stages of the design and
production and make this work.

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