Design an Offshore-Windfarm

Overview

This project guides students through the process of designing and choosing a site for a 1GW offshore wind farm in the North Sea.

Students will find out about many of the things that engineers have to take into account when planning a construction project: sourcing materials; construction methods, construction equipment and temporary structures – all in the context of one of the most challenging and impressive types of civil engineering project.

At the end of this project they will be able to present a construction sequence to a group of engineers from your company, explaining to them the choices that they have made.

Day 1

Wind turbines

Students will find out about how wind turbines work.
Day 2

What size wind farm?

Students will investigate how wind turbines are grouped together to form a wind farm.
Day 3

Choosing the site

Students will look in detail at each site, and make a decision about which site is the most appropriate for their wind farm.
Day 4

Construction method

Students will decide how their wind farm will be built.
Day 5

Presentation

In the final stage students present their findings of their investigation to a group of colleagues.

Curriculum

This project is aimed at 14 to 19-year-old students working at or equivalent to KS4/5.

Skills Development

Personal, Learning and Thinking Skills

Through independent enquiry – students can explore issues from different perspectives; analyse and evaluate information, judge its relevance and value; and support conclusions, using reasoned arguments and evidence.
Through self-management – students are required to show flexibility when priorities change; work towards goals, showing initiative and perseverance; organize their time; and manage their emotions.
Through reflective learning –by reviewing progress; inviting feedback; evaluating their experiences; and communicating their learning in relevant ways for different audiences.

Communication Skills

Through role play, interviews, written and verbal communication.

Information, Advice and Guidance

This project is designed to help students explore the workplace, giving them the chance to build their confidence, skills and understanding of what is needed to be a civil engineer in a design office. As part of this project, students are specifically asked to interview a member of staff about what path they took to get the job they have now.

Delivery Requirements

It would be beneficial if the student is able to access information on similar real projects within your organisation, and the people who have worked on them, but if this is not possible then there are ranges of supporting resources that students will be able to access from their workbooks.

Supervision

Supervisors will need an hour to prepare any supporting resources prior to the student starting and then approximately 1-1.5 hours a day for 1:1 supervision and arranging access to other members of staff.

Resources

Organisations are encouraged to provide supporting resources such as drawings from a real project, examples of a real desk study or construction sequences which will enable the student to contextualise the project.

Equipment

All you need is a computer with internet access!

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Recommended For:

  • Construction Companies
  • Engineering Consultancies

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