DESPITE missing one team member during the competition, a group of engineering students from University of Nottingham Malaysia emerged as champion of the Beyond Structures 2018 competition.
The team beat 22 other groups in the Team 1 category to win the RM3,000 cash prize and plaques.
It was also the second win for University of Nottingham Malaysia after winning the competition in 2015.
“I want to thank my group because it was not only me who contributed to the ideas. One of our members contributed a lot during the group discussion, but unfortunately had to go back to deal with a family issue,” said team leader Goh Khai Chen.
Working under a time constraint, Goh said his team managed to design a modified version of an arch bridge.
“To be honest, time was an issue. We had to rush to complete our model bridge.
“It’s an arch bridge with a hinge in the middle and we decided to try out a new model because no one was trying it.
“This design came from our previous competition where we were champions as well. We modified the parts just slightly,” said the final year civil engineering student when met at the closing ceremony.
Organised by College of Engineering, Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten) and Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), Malaysia Regional Group, the Beyond Structures 2018 competition was held at Dewan Seri Sarjana, Uniten.
With the theme “Form and Function”, the competition previously known as On-the-Spot Build and Break competition was aimed at developing creativity among civil engineering students in structural design and applying their knowledge and theory into practice.
“The purpose of this competition is to cultivate leadership, teamwork and communication skills,” said Uniten vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Kamal Nasharuddin Mustapha.
“The other purpose is to translate what you learned in the classroom and put theory into practice. This is the platform to be able to do so and I’m sure that you have learned a lot in this competition.”
Closing the event was Higher Education Department director-general Datin Paduka Dr Siti Hamisah Tapsir, who deemed the event a form of “experiential learning”.
“You’ll learn a lot by doing and you’ll remember a lot by doing as well,” she said.
“I would like to congratulate IStructE and Uniten as well as co-sponsors Tenaga Nasional Bhd and Yayasan Canselor Uniten for organising this programme.
“I hope this programme will continue to thrive and we hope you’ll have more participants coming in because this is the way for us to make sure that we have structural engineers for the country,” Siti Hamisah said, adding that there were only about 100 IStructE members in the country out of 30 million people.
Beyond Structures 2018: Form and Function attracted a total of 288 civil and structural engineering students from 23 local and international universities and 37 teams competing in two categories.