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[Group 11] Riverside Link
The final full week of the project has been the busiest yet! With all the parts of the project finally coming together, the group targeted our final critical session on Friday to finish each member’s respective work, ready to put the final report together.
On Tuesday we had an extremely productive meeting with the client to go over our route options and to finish with a final route choice. Three weeks work had gone into route options and to have the final system complete was a relief.
We have also finalised our guideway designs and for the session on Friday everything was put together. The work of the group who had been separate until this point was in one section and it was satisfying for everyone to see the final work together.
The group has put in an awful lot of hard work this week and with one final push the whole project will be done. The final critical session had a sense of relief but also of sadness as it was the final time we will all present before the final day.
The whole group has really enjoyed the project and we wish to thanks our brilliant clients Dr. North and Dr. Mascia.
Week three has been a busy week for the riverside group. The celebration of the Jubilee was short lived. With so much work to do ahead of our third critical session we could not afford to take time out to celebrate Her Majesty’s reign.
The start of the week focussed on finishing the key deliverables for the client and the demand study that was completed was the pride and joy of everyone who was a part of it. Although I think they will all be happy if they never see it again after all the hard work that went into it. But it has given the group a feel that everything is coming together and that parts of the project that were separate before are now influencing each other.
The rest of the group has focussed on giving ever greater detail in the design of our proposed system and some of the sketch up of our designs is looking really impressive. The design will wow if nothing else! Everything seems to be beginning to come together and it looks like in the next few days we will be getting close to the final product!
Our third critical session was on Thursday and with the work continuing apace it was a distraction to prepare for. But the feedback is always invaluable and we need to get some big decisions out of the client because if we do not do it then, when will we pin him down?
As third week comes to a close the group is gearing up for a big push to the finish line to show just what we can do!
After the first critical session in week one the group returned with lots of work to do for week two. The main focus for the start of the week was to get our development presentation top notch and start on the deliverables that were highlighted as key from the previous week. James, Vinh and Michael started working on the origin destination matrix, whilst the rest of the group, headed by Dom, continued with pod, track and station design.
Tuesday started with the development presentation and it went off smoothly. The practice the group had put in from the day before was well worth it and an efficient, professional show was put on. But once finished there was no opportunity to rest on our laurels. It was straight back to work, with lots to do in the next couple of days before yet another critical session. The number of deadlines leads to an intense working environment but the entire team has worked tirelessly to get the job done.
Thursday and the critical session! An intense couple of hours coming towards the end of a long week but everyone needs to be on top form to gain as much as we can from the session. After a presentation and a long workshop on route options for our revolutionary pod system the team can relax and enjoy a deadline free, but hectic, Friday. The work of the IT department has resulted in some impressive designs from our system but every day there is more work to do!
Our group has been tasked with developing a Personal Rapid Transport (PRT) system for the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea opportunity area. The area is currently a large brownfield site but with the potential to accommodate a large number of jobs and people. There is likely to be a large amount of development in the area with the United States Embassy moving to Nine Elms and the potential of Battersea Power Station yet to be realised but there are significant issues that have to be resolved with respect to transport.
Transport infrastructure around this part of London is already congested and so we must develop a system that will be capable of transporting thousands of people. As a group, we set about researching PRT and the benefits and difficulties of this innovative transport solution. There are very few examples of PRT in reality and this gives us a very open scope to work with. One of the advantages of PRT is the pod system of transport giving non-stop, practically private travel, on a public transport system. From this point we started to develop the pod scheme that we would take forward.
Group Discussion on Site Visit and Hard at Work in the Office
The route choice for such a system in a busy area of London is also crucial to the project and so the entire group went on a site visit on Wednesday to look at the opportunity area. We got a feel for limitations that we may well have to work around. After this we focussed on our first critical evaluation session, developing a presentation to wow our client with before continuing with the hard work.
By the end of the first week the whole group had realised just how much work there is to do and are raring to get back to it during Week 2!
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