Student Design Competition

Congratulations to team UBSea Tec, winners of the 2017 BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) Student Design Competition (SDC). The winning team is comprised of Kit Caufield (team leader), Brad Jenks, Tim Burton, Jenikka Javison, Antonio Castro and Gregory Vettese. Special thanks to the UBCTec Consultants; Faculty Advisor Dr. Troy Vassos and Consultant Advisor David Lumb.
 

Five teams submitted design reports and presented an oral presentation to a panel of four judges. Teams were evaluated on their technical content, along with organization, delivery and overall presentation. The winning team explored the use of water treatment residuals to remove phosphorus by addition to wastewater.

Team UBSea Tec will go on to present at the 45th BCWWA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, BC from May 28 - 30th 2017. The winning team will also compete at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) Student Design Competition in Chicago, Illinois on September 30 to October 4, 2017.

  


 

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The BCWWA SDC promotes "real world" design experience for students interested in pursuing a career and/or education in water and wastewater engineering and sciences. Teams of students prepare and present a conceptual design that addresses the requirements outlined in design criteria established by a BC municipality.

The BCWWA SDC is based on the Water Environment Federation (WEF) SDC, held annually at the WEF Technical Exhibition & Conference (WEFTEC). The competition is intended to showcase the abilities and talents of 3rd, 4th year and graduate students in colleges and universities across British Columbia who are interested in the water environment field.  


 

WHY JOIN THE STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION?

  • Get hands-on experience with a challenging project outside of school
  • Work with like-minded people and gain mentorship from industry experts
  • Winning team to participate and present at the Youg Professionals Reception BC's largest water and wastewater conference, the 2017 BCWWA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, B.C.
  • Exposure with leaders of engineering firms for a great chance to get hired upon graduation

 

 

 

2017 Project Statement

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Students interested in entering the 2017 BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) Student Design Competition (SDC) are encouraged to form teams to:

  • Design a secondary treatment upgrade for the Tsawout First Nation (FN) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).
  • Identify the most suitable process to achieve the required effluent quality by pre-screening available processes to a shortlist of 3 then use an Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) to evaluate the shortlisted options. The selected treatment plant upgrade must be robust, simple to operate, and easy to maintain.
  • Identify the impacts on upstream and downstream processes based on selected primary and secondary treatment technologies and identify any required upgrades for clarification, digestion, dewatering and odour control.
  • Develop 20 year lifecycle cost estimates and consider triple bottom line for the two highest rated options from the AHP to identify the preferred option.
  • Develop and present a feasibility level design for the preferred option with justification.
  • Read more!

2017 Key Dates

Dates are tentative and subject to change

Date Details
Late January 2017 Site visit to facility
End of January 2017 Project progress report due (not required this year due to timeline)
March 23, 2017 Design notebooks and CDs due
March 28, 2017 Oral presentations
April 12, 2017 Winners announced
May 1, 2017 First place team's entry applications due for WEFTEC 2017
May 27 - 30, 2017 Top team to present at the BCWWA Annual Conference
August 1, 2017 First place team's abstract due for WEFTEC 2017
September 1, 2017 Design notebooks and CDs due for WEFTEC 2017
September 30 - October 4, 2017 *First place team present at WEFTEC 2017

 *Participation at WEFTEC 2017 is subject to admission of application and sponsorship


 

Previous BCWWA Student Design Competitions

2016 BCWWA Student Design Competition

  • Project statement: Design a treatment process for the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s (RMoW) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) to reduce the amount of phosphorus discharged to the Cheakamus River with the treated effluent. Read more!
  • Winning team: Leah MacGillivray, Matthew Waldie, Kelsey Baker, Danielle Gutwillinger, Trudy Miller, and Travis Reid from the University of British Columbia and the University of Northern British Columbia.

2015 BCWWA Student Design Competition

  • Project statement: Design a resource recovery system for the City of Kelowna's Wastewater Treatment Plant, which will focus on anaerobic digestion of fermented primary sludge and waste secondary sludge to produce biogas. Read more!
  • Winning team: Team Undine Energy Solutions - Maureen Long, Clayton McBride, Allison Matfin, Brenden Vissers, and Stephanie Doherty. 
  • Competing at WEFTEC: The BCWWA student team placed third in the WEFTEC Student Design Competition wastewater category.

2014 BCWWA Student Design Competition

  • Project statement: Design a baseflow augmentation facility and water quality treatment facility in Northeast Coquitlam which will sustain minimal baseflows to Star Creek, keep water temperatures low and address water quality. In addition, produce options for the sizing of the two facilities based on the extent of source control applications on single family lots within the catchment area. Evaluate these options using quantitative and qualitative criteria and present your recommended approach with reasons.Read more!
  • Winning team: Team FloBeau - Stephen Bertulli, Michael Thiessen, Robert D’Amours, David Saabas, and David Houghton
  • Competing at WEFTEC: The BCWWA student team placed first in the WEFTEC Student Design Competition environmental category. 

2013 BCWWA Student Design Competition

  • Project statement: Design a pilot-scale microalgae cultivation and harvesting system for installation at Metro Vancouver’s Sustainability Academy – Annacis Wastewater Centre. Develop concepts and budget for the longer term goal of co-locating operational-scale microalgae cultivation processes at Metro Vancouver’s Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant. Read more!
  • Winning team: Laith Furatian, Michal Simhon, Christopher Lawson, Connor Wilson, and Rony Das
  • Competing at WEFTEC: The BCWWA student team placed first in the WEFTEC Student Design Competition environmental category.
     

For more information, please contact: 

Siobhan Robinson or Stephen Bertulli, SDC Committee Co-Chairs 
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