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Iceberg Harvesting: First years excel in moving mountains of ice


8 November 2006

Icebergs (Source:  NASA)
Icebergs (Source: NASA)

As part of the first year course, Professional Engineering 1, studentstook part inthe "Iceberg Harvesting" competition which aimsto investigate the possibilities of using this idea to help solve our need for fresh water in the future.

The students were given a 10kg block of ice, a candle and a cigarette lighter.

Their challenge was to devise equipment that could transport the block of ice 17m across Lake Northam in Victoria Park in front of the University. The only source of energy they could use was from the lighted candle.

To win they had get as much as possible of the given block of ice across the lake, doing so in the minimum time and at minimum cost.

The $1500 prizemoney was donated by the sponsor Consulting Engineer GHD.

The joint winners of the competition were two groups who called themselves "Jamie on Ice" and "A Stirling Idea"

Group 6, Jamie on Ice
Jack Ming Yuan Bai
Chen Chen
Brendan James Ferguson
James Macdonald Gordon
Jun Min Suk
Zhuorong Oscar Wang
Chengshao Zhao

and

Group 31, A Stirling Idea

Moosa Mohsin Moosa Al Faqir
Anwar Ridhwan Dzainuddin
Yi Feng
Luke James-Hall
Azlan Reshid
Rosanna Patricia Sanderson

The Group 6 entry cost $50, started with 7.84kg of ice and delivered 0.16kg of ice 9 metres across the Lake in 30 minutes.

The Group 31 entry cost $17.78, started with 8.17kg of ice and delivered 1.475kg of ice 12 metres across the Lake in 30 minutes.

Some entries in action
Some entries in action


Full set of photos available at http://www.eng.usyd.edu.au/webnet/engg1803/CompetitionPhotos/iceberg_harvesting/index.htm

Representative of co winning team Jamie on Ice with GHD representative Johanna Maslem
Representative of co winning team Jamie on Ice with GHD representative Johanna Maslem

Co winning team A sterling idea with GHD representative Johanna Maslem and AProf Rob Wheen
Co winning team A sterling idea with GHD representative Johanna Maslem and AProf Rob Wheen


Contact: Rob Wheen

Phone: 9351 2122