The latest edition of the local round organized by BEST Brussels took place on 26 February at the Nelson Mandela room, VUB. Eight teams of four participants competed for the best team-design (sponsored by NMBS group) and case-study.
For the team-design contest, this year’s main organizers Elien O and Florent De Ganck created an obstacle course with train tracks. The main goal was for the participants to build a train wagon which could carry as much water as possible to the end of the obstacle course. To make things extra difficult, the train wagon had to unload the water in a recipient at the end of the course. The recipient itself was also to be designed by the participants. Teams were provided with two pair of train wheels and other materials such as cans, cardboards, toothpicks,…
During the first hour the teams had to make a draft of their design and discuss it with the NMBS engineer. Teams could also earn more material by answering questions from the NMBS HR manager.
Finally, marks were given by prof. dr. ir. Chris Lacor and prof. dr. ir. Bram Vanderborght on the teams’ presentation, design, amount of water transported and launching height.This year's winners of the team design are:
Johan Baijot: Third year BSc in Electronics and Information Technology
Jan Van Der Perre: Third year BSc in Electromechanical Engineering
Nick Spooren: Third year BSc in Electronics and Information Technology
Dieter Vandenbulcke: Third year BSc in Civil Engineering
Milena Sonneveld: Second year MSc in Electromechanical Engineering: Energy
Karel Fleurbaey: Second year MSc in Electromechanical Engineering: Energy
Wim De Koster: Second year MSc in Electromechanical Engineering: Aeronautics
Gerrit Pierreux: Second year MSc in Civil Engineering