We eased off the gas in week 3 and despite having great ideas for the critical session on Friday we did not deliver, with structures seeming to be lacking. Subsequently, apart from our individual parts of the project, all members of the group (except Adam) worked on an aspect of the structural mechanics, either for the house or the school.
The advantage of having a shocker in the 3rd critical session was that we got back into gear for the final push, getting ready to sprint the last 100m after a marathon. Having structural engineers as both supervisor and client meant we had to impress in the 4th week critical session, something which we delivered. At half time, Skempton decided enough was enough so Dr Hong Wong, who had a solid game was replaced by a product of the Toronto youth team Dr Keirstead. Fresh legs brought fresh questions and some valuable advice on sustainability. We didn’t go for a simple steel design and made it hard for ourselves as we used more appropriate local bahareque designs, with confined masonry and a timber frame structure. As a result, the structural calculations went well beyond anything we have been taught and once we were done with the Eurocodes, they looked a little tired as we approached extra time.
Our captain, Tallett-Williams made some raucous challenges all over the park, but it was the leadership we needed. Our midfield calculations in slope stability and structural design helped us to control the project, while our google sketchup strikeforce was deadly, scoring school, toilet and house designs all in 3D.
An overall solid performance this week, well played team.