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Group 01

Week 3

posted 10 Jun 2014, 09:38 by Group Design Projects Imperial

This week has been busy busy busy, with GAIA having made progress in foundation and basement designs as well as looking at designing against damming from groundwater flow. We've also been looking at sustainability issues and the possibility of using energy piles as a means of generating electricity so that we can meet our target of 20% renewable energy (approximately 800000kWh for our site!)

We've also been looking into problems like how do you dispose of excavated clay? Why, start an on-site pottery club, of course? We’re sure it’ll all be used up ion 10 years or so!

Our assessment this week showed significant improvement, with team members getting technical with flyover videos of the development.

To keep up to date with what we’re doing make sure to follow us on twitter @ProjectMake, where our project manager will tell you what we’re up to.

Week 2

posted 3 Jun 2014, 07:17 by Group Design Projects Imperial

Week 2 and GAIA (Geotechnical Analysis and investigation Agency) are well into their project of redeveloping a currently unused site in central London. With tube tunnels and strategic sewers littering the top corner of our site and contaminated ground and planning restrictions aplenty, progressing with development ideas has not been easy.

With no time for games, we have moved swiftly through our programme, having been advised to move forward selection of the final development design by the client. Our client also wants us to consider long term sustainability, including reuse of the piles for the future.

Another challenging part of the project is designing our basement, where all vehicular movement will take place. We need to carefully consider the hydrogeology of the site and make sure that we do not negatively impact any surrounding tunnels.

We have been lucky enough to have had two critical meetings now, as opposed to others who have only had one. The feedback has been very helpful and we are learning how to be more self-critical throughout the process thanks to our supervisors and we’ve got plenty to get on with.

To keep up to date with what we’re doing make sure to follow us on twitter @ProjectMake, where our project manager will provide you with plenty of #inspirationalquotes.

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