Wellington New Zealand, November 4, 2016: Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) engineering and ICT degree, diploma and graduate diploma students are gearing up to exhibit their leading edge projects undertaken in conjunction with industry. The event is being held at WelTec’s Petone campus from 5pm on 10 November.
One graduating student is young engineer Adam Webber who will be showcasing his work which could greatly enhance how concrete buildings are constructed. Adam is nearing completion of a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree at WelTec and has already been employed by Don Thomson Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Adam’s final year project has been selected for the WelTec Engineering and Technology Showcase on 10 November. The project involved completing a new plan for the installation of concrete formwork at a water pump station in Ōtaki for local civil contracting company Juno Civil Ltd. The new design involves less materials and is code-compliant which were the parameters set by the client. Adam has taken the project one step further and is now investigating a modular formwork system that can be reused many times. This system would be able to be put together to create a wall form of varying sizes and would easily be assembled, disassembled, transportable and durable as well as cost efficient.
WelTec’s Head of Engineering Graham Carson says, “WelTec is proud to support our students with this showcase event which demonstrates to industry, the public and secondary school students how engineering and ICT can be applied in everyday settings and really make a contribution to industry and advancing thinking and practice, and that there are really exciting careers in these industries.
“We are incredibly excited about the students exhibiting this year. The engineering projects cover a range of areas including CNC profiled Plywood for medium density housing which has the potential to significantly reduce the cost of constructing dwellings to an environmental solution for capturing rain water and hydraulic modelling of a bio retention device plus much more,” says Graham Carson.
In the ICT field there are projects that investigate the presence of malicious software, new forensics software, a mobile app using smart phones that enables users to view profiles of influential business leaders, a Bluetooth app that allows tourists and trampers to send and receive information while in remote areas of New Zealand, a centralised cloud based scheduling system allowing potential clients to book professional services such as gym sessions and medical appointments, and an “En Route Social Travel App” which allows users to create and share trips with families and friends. There is also an impressive new app - the “Finder Android” - a tool which locates your Android mobile phone using GPS technology plus many more projects that our ICT students have completed this year.