The week started well as we prepared for the development presentations. We spent a lot of time on Monday finalising our slides and deciding on what we should say. The final decisions weren’t made until fifteen minutes before the deadline and some might say that’s cutting it fine, but we were confident in our project manager Socrates, who made sure we made the best decisions with enough time to spare.
We gave the presentation on Tuesday. We were the last group to present and were therefore quite nervous up until the end. We were comforted by the high standard of the other groups as we learnt how to adapt our presentation based on their performance. The delivery of the presentation was excellent from all group members and, thanks to some quick thinking from Solomon and Matthew we were able to deal with the questions of the judging panel. On the whole, the group was very pleased with our performance, which gave us a boost going into the second half of the week.
We then turned our attention to the second critical session. After a sub-standard session last week, we knew we had a lot of work to do, so the air in the office was fairly high-pressured. We split into two groups, one with the tricky task of predicting the future of the shipping industry and the other with developing the concepts of our designs. The two groups came together on Thursday afternoon to compile our power point for the session.
The hard work paid off as the second critical session went much better than the first. We got to meet our industry contact, Dimitris Pachakis a charming professional with a speciality in port design. We look forward to seeing him again in the fourth critical session and presenting him with some detailed port designs.
This week we also did a study on the Thai people and found them to be extremely relaxed!