University of Nottingham students won the Beyond Structure 2018: Form and Function Competition that was held on 20th October 2018. It was an international competition organised by Universiti Tenaga Nasional (UNITEN) in collaboration with the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStrucE) Malaysia Division.
The competition was based on a structural model building challenge and in a span of four hours, students had to build a structural model with a feature pedestrian bridge using only materials and tools provided by the organisers, to fulfil the requirements, conditions, restrictions and targets set by judges. The teams also had to make a presentation on various design aspects and issues based on a brief provided on the competition day. Teams were judged based on workability, practicality, buildability and efficiency of the design concept.
The objectives of the competition were to develop creativity amongst civil engineering students in structures, and to apply knowledge and theory from the study course into practice.
Twenty-three universities participated in the competition with 288 engineering students. The winning team was ‘NottyBuilder’ from University of Nottingham Malaysia in the Team 1 category. The team members comprised Year 3 and Year 4 civil engineering students - group leader Goh Khai Chen, Tan Shi Han, Daryl Ng Chun Pinn, Yap Yike May, Keith Lian Robert, Marcus Phang Chee Hao, Loh Meng Hui and Loo Qing Zhe . The team was led by University of Nottingham Malaysia Faculty of Engineering Assistant Professor Dr Wong Jing Ying.
According to group leader Kai Chen: “Respect and cooperation among team members are the keys to success. We were able to experience the application from theory to practical and it was a great experience for us to create a bridge that won us this prize.”
“It is crucial to incorporate lifelong learning practices in civil engineering so that our students are better equipped to meet real-life engineering challenges. Our students receive a top-notch education and also exposure to real-life situations, while cultivating soft skills that will be beneficial when they are in the working world”
“I am very proud of their achievement, they not only worked hard but they were very innovative in their structure. I would like to congratulate them for their effort and success. This is the second time that we have won the competition and as a university, we are very proud of the achievement of our students,” Dr Wong said.
The University of Nottingham is a research-intensive university with a proud heritage, consistently ranked among the world's top 100. Studying at the University of Nottingham is a life-changing experience and we pride ourselves on unlocking the potential of our 44,000 students - Nottingham was named University of the Year for Graduate Employment in the 2017 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, was awarded gold in the TEF 2017 and features in the top 20 of all three major UK rankings. We have a pioneering spirit, expressed in the vision of our founder Sir Jesse Boot, which has seen us lead the way in establishing campuses in China and Malaysia - part of a globally connected network of education, research and industrial engagement. We are ranked eighth for research power in the UK according to REF 2014. We have six beacons of research excellence helping to transform lives and change the world; we are also a major employer and industry partner - locally and globally.
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Posted on 30th October 2018