Aug 11, 2011

PESIT Students Win laurels in Vancouver for designing Sustainable Urban Transport for 2030

The Mechanical engineering students from PES Institute of Technology, Bangalore (PESIT) won the overall collaboration award for presenting their design on Sustainable Urban Transport for 2030 in Vancouver Global Forum of PACE (Partners in Advanced Collaborative Engineering). The competition was held from July 27th to July 30, 2011 at Canada.

The team bagged first place in 'Market Research', where they presented their research on Ahmadabad being the potential market for the car. The team won second place in 'Product Engineering' phase of the contest where the students presented the engineering solutions that made the car unique with special features. The team with their clear ideas on manufacturing plan, business model and factory plan to start production of the car bagged the second place for the 'Manufacturing' phase. Moreover, they emerged as the winners for overall designing of the car. The collaboration of different teams during the design and engineering period entitled them to win the Overall Collaboration Award.

PACE is a corporate initiative between GM, Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Siemens, with contributions from companies like Altair Engineering, 3D Connexion and MSC Software, among others.

The main highlight of the project was the concept of autonomous driving, wherein the car can self-maneuver through Indian roads and give the user complete freedom from driving. Various features like 'in place turning', drive by wire, steer by wire, interactive GPS frontal display etc are unique features of the car.

The PACE project statement is 'To design and engineer a Sustainable Urban Transport (SUT) solution for a specific urban area (city) for the year 2030.' The PACE Institutes world over have been split into seven teams, with each team consisting of one design institute and four engineering institutes. These seven teams will compete against each other in the final PACE Annual Global Forum, where the best idea will be chosen by an elite panel of judges based on various parameters like design ingenuity, product feasibility, collaborative skills and overall functionality.

Among the seven teams, PESIT was heading team number three. While PESIT chose to design the car's propulsion, energy and steering systems; SJCE, Mysore another team member was in charge of the networking integration and the HVAC. Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico was given charge of the suspension and braking systems. Michigan Technological University, U.S.A. handled the electronics and the Electronic Control Unit (ECU) of the car. And finally, National Institute of Design, Ahmadabad, being Team three's design institute was in charge of the actual design of the car which includes exterior body and the interiors features.

This project calls for every team to have a complete independent design of their own. Hence, the overall design of the car was split up into various subsystems and each institute was assigned the task of the complete design and documentation of their subsystem. Apart from the SUT project, students involved in the PACE project were given an opportunity to present their individual technical papers at the same Forum to a global audience of peers and experts alike.

"It is indeed a great privilege for our institution that our students have won at in international forum. They have held high the prestige of the college and have set an example, not just for our institution but for the student community of the country itself. PES Institute of Technology has had a long running partnership with PACE, since March 2007, when PESIT became India's first PACE Institute. Since then, PESIT has participated in three different PACE projects, where PESIT students have collaborated with students from other PACE institutes all across the world, to bring out the best possible results and this win is a motivation to continue our presence in project" said Prof. Jawahar.D, Director, PES Institutions.

PESIT's PACE team comprised six students, Viswanath Meenakshisundaram, Puneeth K B, Vishwas Bolanthur Pai, Royston Fernandes, Varun Balkrishna Rao and Shrutakakeerti Mallikarjun Vagishwari. The Project was guided by Prof Satish SV, Mechanical Engineering Department, PESIT.

"We are thrilled and excited to have bagged five awards. It was overwhelming when we received the award for Overall Collaboration since we had to struggle hard to coordinate with the other teams due to conflicting schedules and dissimilar timelines. I am happy that the hard work and sleepless nights of the team has come out in flying colors. This win has motivated us to bring in new ideas and creativity to help develop the society." said Prof Satish SV, Mechanical Engineering Department, PESIT and Regional Leader.

PACE: Partners in Advanced Collaborative Engineering, or PACE as it is commonly called, is a corporate initiative between GM, Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Siemens, with contributions from companies like Altair Engineering, 3D Connexion and MSC Software, among others. Founded in 1999, PACE has supported more than 50 leading academic institutions around the world through the contribution of computer-based engineering tools. Its goal is to provide students practical skills in professional careers such as mechanical design, engineering, analysis and manufacturing processes.