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UQ awards 'Best Software Engineering project' to CEED student

The University of Queensland's School of IT and Electrical Engineering (ITEE) held their Innovation Expo late last year.  As usual the standard of final year student project was high.

But CEED student, Nicholas Plant (final year Software Engineering student) came away with one of the hotly contested awards - 'Best Software Engineering Project', as judged by UQ academic staff.

Nicholas completed his final year thesis via CEED, for Synengco.

Synengco specialises in advanced modeling and calculations software which assists power stations to accurately monitor and diagnose plant faults.  Nicholas’ project added capability to the company’s existing software (SentientSystem), to enable power plants to accurately determine their input energy consumption and associated emission factors.

The main objective of Nicholas’ project was to develop a web-based ‘dashboard’ application so that power plant staff can view their greenhouse gas emissions in real-time and all the facts and figures calculated by the system in terms of  accuracy, and ease of auditing the data which is displayed on the dashboard.

Nicholas Plant.2011 
 Nicholas Plant (CEED student and prize winner) with his
 poster display, during  UQ School of ITEE's 2011 Innovation

Nicholas researched the requirements of Greenhouse reduction reporting and audit requirements, to find the major components that exist in all carbon reduction schemes.  He also had to ensure his dashboard design met requirements for external parties and the internal requirements of power generators.  These requirements included reconciliation of calculated results; and monitoring real-time compliance.

Nicholas used the ‘Agile’ methodology, which uses short ‘sprints’ to develop software applications, integrating user testing along the way.  Python was the main programming technology used for the prototype development.

At the end of his project, Nicholas delivered a prototype of the dashboard and a design for integration with the existing SentientSystem application.

Congratulations on your award winning project, Nicholas!


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