Deepwater floating structure model competitions are famous worldwide for being easy to understand yet hard to master. The competition usually requires delicate balance between structural strength, weight and costs, which proves to be a very good chance to tackle real-life engineering problems. Two teams of student from SMK Dato Jaafar did just that by qualifying for the finals of the 2011 Pre-University Deepwater Floating Structure Model Competition in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) in Skudai, Johor. Want to know their exploits? Do read on.
Berry Event #7 –2011 Pre-University Deepwater Floating Structure Model Competition 2011 – University Level
- Event: Pre-University Deepwater Floating Structure Model Competition 2011 (Pre-University / Form 6 School)
- Venue: Dewan Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru
- Event Covered by: Miss Isabelle Wong – The Berry Berry Teacher
- Pictures by: Berry Berry Teacher
On the 24th of March 2011, University Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Persatuan Kejuruteraan Awam (PEKA) organised the Deepwater Floating Structure Model Competition 2011 for University and Pre-University level (Form 6). This event was sponsored by Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering. This yearly event took place in the University of Technology of Malaysia campus (Kampus Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), Johor Bahru. This was the fourth consecutive year that the competition involved university students and pre-university (Form 6) students. There were about 40 pre-university students selected from various Pre-University schools, matriculations and secondary schools to take part in the final stage of the competition.
In the qualifying round, students needed to complete a few tasks. Each team needs to prepare a technical proposal and an A1 poster to be sent to the organiser through e-mail. After two weeks, the organiser short-listed these candidates and revealed the results through e-mail to the candidates and the teacher-in-charge. The best ten teams were selected to enter the final round by the UTM organiser.
SMK Dato’ Jaafar Pre-University were proud to be selected as finalists (two teams, in fact) in the competition and this was also their maiden appear in the competition. In this final competition, two teams from SMK Dato’ Jaafar were selected and they were:
Team Aspire (6ABF 2011)
- Kaw Meng Chung (Leader)
- Goh Zhi Min
- Siuw Han Feng
- The Kai Yao
Team Massive Dynamic (6ABF 2011)
- Chiew Lerk Qing (Leader)
- Leong Peng Fai
- Lim Wee Kian
- Yong Kai Siang
All team members arrived at Dewan Tun Hussein Onn at 8.00 a.m. and registered at counter. They were given a tag and a set of stationery for the competition. After that, these students proceeded to have their delicious local breakfast provided by the organiser.
After that, all the teachers-in-charge and team players gathered at the hall to attend the grand opening ceremony by the Engineering Faculty Dean and it was followed by a short briefing session.
At around 9 a.m., the competition started with the first session: ‘Model Structure Building’. The pre-university students were given 3 hours to make their model structure with the material provided by the organiser. The materials were six 500 ml water-filled plastics bottles, four polystyrene cups, 1 m thread, ten drinking straws, one penknife, one pair of scissors and one roll of masking tape.
SDJ teams started by drinking all the water in the plastics bottle. The Pre-University students were not supposed to pour the water to another container (not provided by the organiser). Failure to adhere to this rule would result in penalty through marks deduction.
SDJ teams designed a floating structure that could support square shaped steel load cell at the top of the structure and retained the minimum 1cm height above water level after loadings were applied.
At around 12 p.m., the second session of the competition started: ‘Weighting the Model Structure’. The entire model was weighted and recorded.
At 2 p.m. the third session of the competition started: ‘Presentation of the Poster’. Pre-University students were required to print out an A1 size poster and the marks were given to each team by the judge.
At 3 p.m., the last session of the competition started: ‘Presentation from the Team’ and ‘Model Testing’ in the aquarium.
This was the most exciting and crucial session.
The pre-university students were required to prepare a slideshow regarding to their design of the model and presented it on the stage. Next, it was followed by placing the structure model in the aquarium. Students needed to decide on the spot how much weights to add on to their design model.
SMK Dato’ Jaafar (Aspire Team) won the 2nd runner-up with the prize of a trophy and a cheque of RM 300 for the Deepwater Floating Structure Model Competition 2011 UTMost Imagination Sponsor by Malaysia Marine and Heavy Engineering.
The competition ended by prize giving ceremony at 5.00 p.m. Special thanks to the event organisers: Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Persatuan Kejuruteraan Awam (PEKA).
Happy 50th Birthday to SDJ!
“Berilmu dan Bersasa”