Engineering Education Scheme

Two projects, one goal: clearing up the streets

A couple of weeks ago, 12 girls from the VII finished a six month course with the Engineering Education Scheme. The scheme’s goal is to link teams of Year 12 students with local companies in order to give students the opportunity to work on real­ life problems in science, technology and engineering. In collaboration with the American engineering company called CHM2 Hill, two teams of girls were assigned tough engineering problems and left to their own devices to find solutions. Here’s what they wrote about their experiences.

 

Our task was to investigate the impact of the Hammersmith flyover on the local area and to propose a replacement structure which would perform the same function with fewer economic, social and environmental detriments. At the moment, the flyover presents a number of problems; it’s regarded by many local residents as an eyesore; it contributes to air pollution in an already congested area of West London and it frequently requires expensive repairs. Our solution to these problems was the construction of a tunnel from the Hogarth Roundabout to Earl’s Court. The tunnel would significantly reduce carbon dioxide emissions in Hammersmith and neighbouring areas, and make land available for residential and commercial development. Because the flyover provides a route for vehicles travelling from West to Central London, not into Hammersmith, a tunnel would allow users to reach their destination as easily as they can now, but would spare Hammersmith from the noise and pollution that accompanies a major road.

Emma Warburton VII 

Our team’s project was to find a way to diminish the amount of traffic around the Dartford Crossing. At the moment, there are two tunnels and one bridge, so our first step towards a solution was the decision to build another bridge, which appeared to be cheaper and safer than another tunnel. Once we had chosen the style and location of the bridge we were able to make a model, and on the first two days of the spring term, both EES teams went to UCL to use their engineering labs. Our model bridge was made of foam, card and dowels, and though we spent a long time figuring out where to place the cables in order to allow the deck of the bridge to be supported without being glued to the pylons, we were all pleased with our work by the end of the two days. 

Caroline Cailloux VII