Week 2

posted 2 Jun 2012, 08:00 by Group Design Projects Imperial
For the second week we had to develop our initial ideas, moving on from overall research to focused research on the more preferred solutions from the clients and ourselves from the first critical session. 
With further research into each individual’s field of expertise, we started to have daily group critical sessions, where we would present what we have done each day, then willingly accept any barrage of opinion from anyone of the team.  This would help us critically assess ourselves, such that we would think about any ideas or problems further.  An example of this is the idea of cutting slopes, installing small vertical bamboo retaining walls then planting vegetation along the horizontal sections.  In our own critical session we realised that the type of vegetation would be important – if we use  bamboo, socially, it could help the area by using it as a resource, but whether another type of tree gives more binding to the soil requires further consideration.

We are beginning to see the merging of the several fields.  With the water supply issue, to pump water using a well requires electricity, which will then affect how much electricity we require to San José de Costa Rica.  Another example is the structural design will dictate the surcharge upon the slope, hence affecting the slope stability.

The team members and their tasks over the week are as follows:

Team MemberPosition Tasks
Sarah Tallett-WilliamsTeam LeaderElectricity and school design
Benjamin GaitskellMedia OfficerMaterials, new Housing design and retrofitting 
Pedro Alonso CaprileTex OperatorWastewater treatment, report formatting
Charlotte LewisLogisticianTransport, drainage and school design
Adam SierensWeekly ReporterGeology, slope stability calculations, design flow charts
Edmond VeillardWHO AmbassadorWater treatment and supply, future planning
Louise Foukles
SecretaryEarthquake resistant housing design, school planning
Constantinos KyprianouLiaison OfficerNew housing design, roof design and sketch-up model