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Recent project with PACE Engineers Group

Student has designs on transportable power for the mining industry



CEED student, Credan Pryce-Coady, has helped to design and develop a transportable substation, which will decrease the amount of electrical infrastructure required on some mining projects.


Credan was sponsored / hosted by PACE Engineers Group
(PACE) for his CEED project during 1st semester 2012.  PACE is an Australian owned consulting firm that specialise in electrical and mechanical engineering design, EPCM projects, information management and offer products for arc flash mitigation.


Credan, a final year Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering student at The University of Queensland (UQ), completed a project which involved completely designing the structural components incorporated in the design of a 15/19 MVA transportable substation. PACE are developing a range of transportable substations for implementation in mining sites around the country. There are only a few suppliers of these substations in Australia and Credan worked towards producing a product incorporating capabilities not readily available in similar products on the market .

CEED student, Credan Pryce-Coady with Robert Fuller (PACE) 
 Pictured is Robert Fuller (PACE) with CEED student, Credan Pryce-Coady


Credan previously had experience working part-time with PACE.  He brought the CEED Program to the attention of his manager at PACE, so he could work on a company project as his final year Engineering thesis … with extra support from CEED.


During the project Credan worked in a team with two electrical engineers and was guided by his academic supervisor (Dr Bill Daniel) and industry supervisors at PACE.  Credan commented that, “Dr Daniel was especially helpful with the mechanical design aspects of the project”.


Credan commented that he had struggled with some of the theory learnt at university but found it beneficial to apply the theory, in a practical context.  This applied learning resulted in Credan becoming more committed to his remaining university studies.


Credan’s project deliverables included
:

  • Preliminary steel work design
  • Design studies completed
  • Project budget
  • Preliminary general arrangement drawings including key details on structural components and weld specifications


Credan’s design was approved in a company design review. The detailed analysis of the structure and components was also completed, and Credan’s final tasks were the completion of a drawing set of the design and the final budget.


Credan commented that the scope of the project deviated slightly from what was originally proposed, due to unforeseen changes and unexpected design considerations experienced once the project was underway.  However, Credan was able to overcome these issues, and he now understands that deviations can be expected during design-related projects.


Robert Fuller from PACE recently commented that, “although Credan is PACE’s first CEED student I would recommend all SME engineering firms to utilise the skills and enthusiasm offered by university students”. Robert described CEED as a “great vehicle to promote utilisation of our emerging engineers and to ensure our future professionals have the opportunity to get an early glimpse into the industry in which they will function”.


Robert stated that this particular project was an excellent fit with Credan’s skills and interests, and to operate in a professional organisation will underpin his transition from university to full-time in the workplace. “PACE has always invested in the future of engineering by employing trainees and graduates. We believe that whilst in their formative years, they give us an energetic and fresh approach to engineering issues and assist in building a vibrant culture. Credan’s personality and maturity provides all of these attributes.”


Credan believes that CEED is something he would definitely recommend to other students. “To get a job or vacation work - it is really competitive. You need 60 days of work experience to graduate (as an engineer from UQ), so everyone does it (work experience). Doing a CEED project helps you to get an extra edge, and beat the competition!”.


Overall, Credan considers the practical experience he gained by completing this project via CEED is a real benefit and will provide him with an advantage for his future as a professional Engineer.


Credan’s project with PACE was completed in mid-June and he is on track to graduate at the end of this year.

 

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