WeBuild Challenge

 

This project is designed to promote skills in effective team working. It is split into five project phases, as shown on the time plan; you will find a copy elsewhere in your briefing notes.

Your Task

Roles

There are a number of roles in the exercise:

The Designers

Who will come up with a prototype design. Instruct the Engineers on how to implement your specification

The Engineers

Who will build the design.

The Clients

Your clients have commissioned this work and they will be evaluating your performance. They will be using scoring criteria to assess the team. They can award and deduct points based on their experience of working with you and for any non compliance with the rules.

Observers (optional)

Who are to observe to support in a post-competition continuous improvement review and ensure that the competition rules aren’t broken.

Rules

Rules

 

You are responsible for keeping time; it plays a major role in achieving the aim of your team. A master clock held by the Clients will be the basis for all time calculations. There will be particularly severe penalties for any overrun. Therefore, there is a potential total of 50 points before deduction of penalties for time overruns and infringement of the rules. There are also discretionary points available based on your client’s overall experience.

 

Other rules that you must observe are listed elsewhere in your instructions.

 

Background Information

 

You have been entered into a prestigious industry recognised competition and face rival teams from your competitors. Each team is tasked with designing and building:

“an innovative, sturdy vehicle capable of transporting one person in comfort and most importantly in safety over a distance of 50 metres”

Project Organisation

The project teams will be divided into:

  • Designers who plan and produce a design
  • Engineers who build a prototype to the designers’ specification

Selection of the Winning Team

The winning team will be selected by the Clients, on the basis of points awarded for:

 

  • The quality of a five minute presentation given by the Designers in Phase 3 including:
    • A description of the vehicle
    • The benefits of the design
    • A narrative of the design process (10 points)
  • The degree of fit between what the Engineers produce and what the Designers presented to the customer (10 points)
  • Three quality criteria for the vehicle itself:
    • Sturdiness (10 points)
    • Innovation/creativity (10 points)
    • Safety and maneuverability (10 points)

Therefore, there is a potential total of 50 points before deduction of penalties for time overruns and infringement of the rules.There are also discretionary points available based on your client’s overall experience.

Logistics

You will be provided with materials from which the vehicle must be built.