[Group 03] Preston Beach
This week, we have started preparing for the final presentation and report at an early stage. At the same time, we have found out solutions to all the problems that have come crossed with the new town planning. Our last critical assessment meeting has gone well, we received positive and technical comments from the supervisors which gives us confidence looking ahead to the final week. Next week, we will keep focus on refining our work to a higher standard. We are very much looking forward to presenting our final plans to the class.
Master planning of a new town is not as easy as just deciding where to place the commercial or residential areas. What need to be considered in Preston Beach master planning is far more complicated than what we have done in design weeks. This week, calculations have been done for different foundation designs considering a great deal of complex geotechnical data of a very broad area. We also made detailed plans for energy, water, telecom supply to every single house and how to deal with the afflictive coastal erosion and sea level rise matters.
Feasible pavements to be constructed on the site are still working underway. Most importantly, we are not just building our ideal town without taking into account of the reality, business plans of how to sell our properties, attract more tourists and investments have been done in the week as well. Thanks to Dr. Jardine that gave us moderate opinions and provided with us with useful resources during and after the critical sessions. Next week we will keep on working hard and presenting our outstanding outcomes.
In week two, we continue to go into more detail with the masterplan of Preston Beach, refining the layout of the town to fit the local topography and giving more numerical solutions for the cost of the project and geotechnical problems. We have looked more into the lifespan of the development and how the population will grow.
We have had a lot of brainstorming sessions together to get as many ideas as possible and give each neighbourhood a focal point and community feel. Over the next week or so we will make some fabulous models, get a better grasp on how to supply the town with power and hopefully have spme time left over to celebrate the Jubilee!
From the first day of the project, the group has worked efficiently together and been well led to work under a much organised system. Frequent progression reports, well classified Dropbox folders and unified file formats worked effectively sharing and integrating our works. Another asset of our group is that, we are congregated with members of different personalities and experience in diverse areas, which gives us a wide breadth of knowledge within the group. We have people who are good at organising and directing the team progression, updating us with latest information and managing all the works done. We also have people who kept working patiently with large number of complex analytical and numerical works. Working through the first week, we have built up harmonious working atmosphere which provided us with a good start to work together towards high quality outcomes in the coming weeks. Our first critical review with our academic supervisor, Professor Jardine, and industrial supervisor, Ian Carradice, went well and they gave us a lot of feedback for another busy week ahead. We took a break on Friday afternoon and finished off the week with a group barbeque and champagne. Lets hope the project continues along these lines!
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