Starting from the 28th of Sept. We will have 18 weeks to build a working prototype of our electric vehicle for the 2010 Winter Olympics.
I have split the 18 weeks into 3 sections:
Designing will take 5 weeks.
Building will take 8 weeks
Testing will take 5 weeks
Click to view the Design Phase Schedule (the first 5 weeks or so) and notes for each team. Keep in mind though, this project is only a prototype and it does not have to be perfect. However, we should still try our best with the given time constraint. Since we only have so little time, keeping up with the schedule is VERY IMPORTANT. I’ve scheduled the tasks for interdependent teams.
For example, the Chassis Team needs to know the specs and size of the battery from the Battery Team, while the Design Team needs to know the specs of the chassis to design the body. Also, the Mech Team needs to know the weight distribution to analyze suspension response. If 1 team misses a deadline, then 3 other teams will very likely be delayed as well. This is very costly as time is very precious to us.
One more thing about the schedule: it is highly recommended for each team to sit down and discuss the final schedule and split up work among different team members. If the Design Phase 2 is due on Friday and you have a midterm on that day, you might want to take on a different task to make sure this project isn’t conflicting with your exams, unless you are feeling very confident.
How much you can learn from this project is determined by how much you put into it. Now is the chance to learn Time management, Leadership and Project Management skills . These are three of the most valuable skills for an Engineer to have and they are what employers look for when hiring. UBC does not really teach these skills, but this project will. Now is the time to become better engineers. Now is the time to set us apart from thousands of engineering students that graduate each year.
For those who feel there should be some adjustment to the timeline, feel free to suggest a change on the upcoming Monday’s meeting (Sept 28th). It is also the meeting where we will finalize this Design Phase Schedule. After that, it cannot be changed.
So that brings us to the meeting on Monday: we have decided to hold weekly meetings every Monday at 6pm. Location will be our club room once it has been setup, but right now we will have to settle with a classroom. The upcoming meeting on Monday will be in CEME 1202. Weekly meetings are recommended for all members to attend. Leaders’ attendance is mandatory. This week we will mainly discuss this timeline and make necessary adjustments. Each team leader will also take turn to speak about his or her visions for the project.