Student Design Competition

2018 Student Design Competition 

The 2018 BCWWA SDC will center on a real design problem in Penticton. Student teams will submit design solutions for the problem, which will be assessed by an industry judging panel. The winning team will present at the BCWWA 46th Annual Conference and Trade Show, May 13 - 15 2018 in Penticton, and compete at WEFTEC 2018, September 29 - October 3 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The 2018 BCWWA SDC Project Statement will be released later this fall. 

Sponsorship Opportunities

Help us achieve our goal of ensuring leadership and innovation is fostered within the water community by showcasing innovation and excellence among senior-level post-secondary students in BC! Your sponsorship will help provide mentorship and professional development experience to approximately 40 post-secondary students. Sponsorship also supports the volunteers involved as well as students during the competition, including sending the winning team to compete in the SDC at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTC).

View 2018 Sponsorship Opportunities here or view the BCWWA 2018 Sponsorship page.

  


 

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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 2018 BCWWA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Penticton, B.C.
  • Exposure with leaders of engineering firms for a great chance to get hired upon graduation

 *Participation at WEFTEC 2018 is subject to admission of application and sponsorship


2018 Student Design Competition

 

Students, enter a team today!

Important Dates 

1.Introduction

This year’s Student Design Competition will focus on improvements to Ellis Creek, located in the Okanagan Basin. It will focus on the environmental and water resource engineering disciplines.
Communities around British Columbia are looking to the future and planning for climate change impacts to their water resource infrastructure including increased flood frequencies and lower summer flows. A balance between the often-competing objectives of development, flood protection, environmental flows, and agriculture has to be achieved. The Ellis Creek project will include assessment and design to balance these objectives for a changing climate.

Ellis Creek drains an area of land east of the City of Penticton that includes urban and natural sub-catchments. The upper reach has a natural cross section and is relatively steep. Two reservoirs are located in the upper reaches of Ellis Creek, which are used to store water for irrigation, and a diversion dam is located above the City of Penticton.

The downstream reach (within the City of Penticton) is generally channelized with a shallower slope. There are several crossings of Ellis Creek along this section which includes both bridges and culverts. It discharges into the Penticton River Channel just south of Fairview Road.

Residential and commercial developments about the creek bank in many locations which makes it critical for the creek to have hydraulic capacity for the design flood event. This pattern of channelization and encroaching development has also limited the potential for aquatic habitat.


2. Problem Statement
Students interested in entering the 2018 BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) Student Design Competition (SDC) are encouraged to form teams to:
Complete analysis and design for upgrades to Ellis Creek in the City of Penticton to, in the context of climate change, improve:

  • hydraulic capacity and flood protection,
  • irrigation water security,
  • debris management, and
  • fish passage and aquatic habitat.

Students are to provide real-world solutions that are practical and creative while thinking critically about the constraints and design goals. The project work will entail the following key skills:
climate change research and analysis

  • frequency analysis for high and low flow scenarios
  • hydraulic calculations or modelling
  • GIS analysis and mapping
  • research, selection, and design of habitat improvements
  • development and presentation of design concepts

 

 To apply email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Reference Materials


 

Previous BCWWA Student Design Competitions

 2017 BCWWA Student Design Competition

  • Project statement: Design a secondary treatment upgrade for the Tsawout First Nation (FN) Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Read more!
  • Winning team: UBSea Tec -Kit Caufield, Brad Jenks, Tim Burton, Jenikka Javison, Antonio Castro and Gregory Vettese
  • Competing at WEFTEC: The BCWWA student team placed second in the WEFTEC Student Design Competition wastewater category.

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.
     

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