Barry-Wehmiller International Resources (BWIR), in partnership with Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation, is now gearing up for the 2012 BWIR DesignACE contest. The contest, targeting students from the engineering and manufacturing domain, will cover more than 500 colleges across Southern India spanning the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala.
DesignACE is an annual engineering design competition initiated and conducted by BWIR for the engineering student community. Engineering students across the streams of mechanical, production, automobile and aerospace will present their design concepts using a SolidWorks CAD tool.
With the DesignACE competition in its 4th year it has proven to be a unique opportunity for South Indian engineering students to gain valuable experience. Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation will serve as technical partner for the event, providing the students with software kits for modeling their designs. This year’s contest is themed “Go Green!” In addition to “green thinking”, designs will be judged on innovation, design capability and depth and clarity of thinking. The pre-finals session will be judged Sept. 21 and the Grand Finale will be Sept. 22 at T.N. Rajarathinam Kalai Arangam, R.A. Puram, Chennai.
Students participate in teams of two. After the first round of submissions, those with qualifying designs are invited to the pre-finals session where they must solve an on-the-spot design problem. Finalists are chosen based on design output, and then present their concepts to a panel of judges consisting of prominent industrialists, technologists and academic heads. The best three designs are awarded cash prizes and potential employment opportunities upon graduation.
Mr. Senthilkumar D., vice president and senior partner of BWIR, commented on this academic initiative, saying, “We are delighted to announce the fourth season of BWIR DesignACE; an event we take considerable pride in organizing. Over the years, DesignACE is steadily proving the benefits to the community which is evidenced by the fact that five of the participants from last year are now BWIR employees. This in turn benefits our customers because we are able to attract the best and brightest students from the Southern states of India.”
Cash prizes and top honors include:
- First Prize – Rs. 30000/- or $600
- Second Prize – Rs. 25000/- or $500
- Third Prize – Rs. 20000/- or $400
- Stipend-paid internships with BWIR
Like last year, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corporation has joined BWIR as the Technical Partner. SIM Technologies Pvt Ltd (SIMTEK) a Chennai-based SolidWorks value added reseller, will hold a workshop and challenging design contest on the day of the finals, following the presentations, details as follows:
“Transform your imagination to reality with SolidWorks” workshop:
In this workshop SIMTEK will show application of SolidWorks live specific to machine building vertical. SIMTEK application experts will brief students on design concept, design for manufacturing, 2D to 3D conversion techniques and drafting methodology that is practiced in today’s Industries. This workshop will give students a broad view on design and help them further improve their standards in-line with industry standards.
“Model Mania” contest:
Model Mania is a SolidWorks modelling contest for the CAD designers’ community. This is a timed event that tests the ability to model a part and then make some engineering changes to the model. Each contestant has 20 minutes to model the part and make the changes. Prizes are awarded for the top 3 contestants in each category.
For more information on the contest and guidelines visit www.bwir-designace.com.
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