Engineering Problem Solving and Analysis

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Individual Technical Portfolio (ITP)
Part B – Checklist
Before you start:
 Ensure that ALL of your team members have been allocated a site to analyse for Part B
 Remember that Part B of the ITP is only asking you to INVESTIGATE, IDENTIFY, and JUSTIFY factors that should be considered within the project;
 Do NOT EVALUATE, CALCULATE, or DESIGN within this part of the project.
STAGE 1 – WHAT SHOULD YOU INCLUDE IN YOUR ITP PART B
Part B – Generic, Surveying, and Engineering Factors Investigation of ONE (1) INDIVIDUAL SITE
Part B1 – Investigation of Generic Factors
You have done this type of thing before in ENG1101 when, as a team, you did the Introduction and Background in Team Report 2. As outlined in ENG1101 Team Report 2, the task is to address:
 “The nature of the problem(s) you are trying to address with your team project (including the causes, contextual factors and considerations which affect how the problem is experienced by the community) and the specific design constraints your team will be working with (e.g. resources, logistics, materials, budget, environment, culture);” (ENG1101 Team Report 2 Information 2014)
Broken down, this means:
 A Brief outline the overall context of the Project/Problem and how it will affect a community in West Nepal, including:
 Causes;
 Contextual factors; and
 Considerations.
 Identify the design constraints associated with the Project at your SPECIFIC SITE:
 Resource factors;
 Logistics factors;
 Materials factors;
 Environmental factors;
 Social factors;
 Cultural factors;
 Religious factors;
 Economic/Budget factors;
 Personnel factors;
 and the list goes on… you need to determine what is appropriate for your site specifically!
 JUSTIFY (i.e. Research and Reference!!) your choices and information!!
Part B2 – Investigation of Surveying Factors
 Investigate considerations needed to select a suitable site
 Identify the considerations needed to select a suitable site
 Discuss HOW these considerations are influential in the site selection process
 Identify construction factors that may impact on the environment (habitat, flora, fauna, etc.)
 Identify methods to minimise the identifies impacts
 Discuss your chosen procedure for your site suitability analysis
 JUSTIFY (i.e. Research and Reference!!) your choices and information!!
Part B3 – Investigation of Civil & Structural Engineering Factors
 Investigate and Identify factors that will affect:
 The structural integrity of the rainwater harvesting;
 The water delivery system;
 Storage tank dimensions;
 Material choices;
 Pipeline construction;
 Access roads; and
 Any other relevant service facilities in your area.
 Identify high risk factors that will affect the site suitability, such as:
 Extreme weather conditions:
 High wind loading;
 Excessive rain; and
 Etc.
 Investigate the effects of these factors on:
 Dwelling roofs;
 Water storage facilities; and
 Other structures.
 Investigate aspects of the construction phase at your site, such as:
 Foundation design;
 Drainage;
 Material choices; and
 Storage tank design.
 Identify the factors that may affect the pre-mentioned aspects of the construction phase at your site, such as:
 Location;
 Topography;
 Soil conditions;
 Etc.
 JUSTIFY (i.e. Research and Reference!!) your choices and information!!
Part B4 – Investigation of Electrical Engineering Factors
 Investigate and Identify factors that affect the Electrical aspects of the project at your site, such as:
 Viability of using the collected rainwater as a green energy source;
 Powering of the local springwater pump;
 Electrical shut off values;
 Monitoring systems;
 Maintenance.
 JUSTIFY (i.e. Research and Reference!!) your choices and information!!
Part B5 – Investigation of Mechanical Engineering Factors
 Investigate and Identify factors that will influence the mechanical aspects of the project at your site such as:
 Various pumps required for the project;
 Mechanical float values;
 Simple water filtration systems;
 Etc.
 Investigate and Identify parameters that will influence the mechanical aspects of the pre-mentioned factors.
 Investigate and Identify constraints associated with the mechanical aspects of the pre-mentioned factors.
 JUSTIFY (i.e. Research and Reference!!) your choices and information!!
STAGE 2 – THINGS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT WHEN WRITING YOUR ITP
When you are writing your ITP Part B, take note of how your fellow team members, as well as yourself, are asked to review your ITP.
The criteria that everyone is instructed to use to review the ITP Part Bs is available in the ENG2102_2014 Set Problem and Project Outline Folder on the main ENG2102 StudyDesk page and is called “ENG2102_S2_2014_ITP_Review_Criteria_updated.pdf”.
This criteria follows the Research Skill framework of Willison & O’Regan (2008). Keep in mind that your ITP Part B is reviewed as a whole, rather than the separate tasks, and therefore you should attempt to maintain consistency in the below areas that you are reviewed on:
Embark & Clarify:
 Response to questions/tasks generated from the project
 Clarification/determination of knowledge required
 Attention given to ethical/cultural and social/team considerations
 Choice of structures/approaches to clarify questions/terms/ requirements/expectations
Find & Generate:
 Collection/recording of required information/data
 Evidence of self-directed research
 Use of appropriate methodologies
Evaluate & Reflect:
 Evaluation of information/data
 Determination of inquiry processes using project related criteria
 Reflection on research methods used
Organise & Manage:
 Organisation of information/data
 Management of self-determined research using multiple possible pathways
Analyse & Synthesise:
 Critical analysis of information/data
 Synthesis of new knowledge
 Examination of rigorous, researchable questions based on new understandings
Communicate & Apply:
 Use of discipline-specific language, presentation, and genres
 Application of existing and new knowledge to the project (Stage 1 and 2 of the PSC)
 Application of correct referencing style (Harvard AGPS style)
GENERAL INFORMATION
 Check you spelling, grammar, and general presentation to make sure it is readable
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