Volume 95, Issue 89

Thursday, March 21, 2002
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Engineers plan future pumping poop

By Jeff Hignett
Gazette Staff

Building bridges and pumping poop are two very necessary elements of London's infrastructure and both are in need of upgrading at the forks of the Thames River.

These elements were the focus of the 2002 City of London Design Competition held Tuesday night, where 11 groups of Western engineering students showcased their potential remedies to London's problems.

Of the groups, eight redesigned the 104-year-old deteriorating foot bridge on King Street and three redesigned the often full sanitary and storm sewers at the same location.

Cash prizes were awarded from the City of London, with $1,900 going to the group with the best bridge proposal, $850 to the runner-up and $1,000 to the best proposal for the King Street sewer extension.

The winning proposal was presented by Brian Thompson, chair of engineering design and innovation at Western.

"Innovation is the key to success for our country – and these teams," he said. "You have to be able to think outside the box, [but also] with justification."

Brad Stott, a fourth-year civil structural engineering student, along with his team of Phil Rizzo, Patrick Kee, Andrew Van Dyke and Reginald McKinnon took home the top prize for their bridge proposal.

"We had a light structure that blended in well with the surroundings," Stott said, noting the elements of his design, which consisted of a tower on one bank of the Thames River with cables helping suspend the bridge in place – resembling half of a conventional cable suspension bridge.

Top prize in the sewer extension went to engineering students Brian Lopas and Jeff Kelso, while the runners-up in the bridge competition were the team of Jan Dale, Jeff Legge, Laura Reid, Dan Kirkby, and Scott Koshowski.

"Trends are changing – more civil engineers are being asked for by companies," said Ernest Yanful, the chair of Western's department of civil and environmental engineering.

Last year's competition was for a tower monument at the forks of the Thames to be incorporated in London's downtown revitalization plan, while the 1997 competition resulted in the winning proposal being incorporated into the design of the footbridge now over the Thames in Gibbons Park.

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