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Design Project 2015 Prize Winners

last modified Jun 09, 2015 12:16 PM
Design Project 2015 Prize Winners

Left to right: Dr Nigel Wilmott from ABB, Zach Bond, Sam Wibberley, Luke Vinter, Omba Kumwenda, Amabel Clark, Jake Robertson and Dr Bart Hallmark. Click on the image to view it full screen.

The winners of this year's prize for the best undergraduate design project presentation were Zach Bond, Sam Wibberley, Luke Vinter, Omba Kumwenda, Amabel Clark and Jake Robertson.

The project concerned the processing of sour, North Sea, gas to a specification suitable for injecting into the UK gas grid. Part of the process was to take place on the production, utilities and quarters (PUQ) platform in the North Sea and part on a green field site in Norfolk adjacent to existing gas processing facilities. The restrictions on space on a PUQ platform provided its own challenges as did the lack of utilities available. It was also important that any gas released into the atmosphere should contain no sulphur dioxide or hydrogen sulphide.

In groups of 6, they have just devoted five weeks to designing this plant. They handed in their reports on Thursday, 4 June 2015 and gave their 10 minute presentations on the process on Friday, 5 June 2015.

A mockup of the module of the process plant that was to be put on the rig, made by Zach Bond.
The Design Project is a major part of the coursework for Chemical Engineering students in their third year at Cambridge and this year, the project was supported by ABB, a global leader in power and automation technologies.

The 'Design Team' (lecturers setting the project and guiding the students through it) was made up of Drs Graham Christie, Carmine D’Agostino, Bart Hallmark and Mark Williamson.

The judges were the design team plus Dr Nigel Wilmott and Adam Wright from ABB, Bob Skelton and Dr Eric Rees.

The winners received a cash prize of £300.