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Archive for February, 2014

STEM Workshop and Water Infrastructure Installation

This orphanage is located in the Andes Mountains near Vicuna, Chile and operated by Vocations for Orphans (VFO). Their goal is to provide a home and useful trade skills to orphans who have aged out of urban orphanages (13+ years old). SDSM&T’s Engineers and Scientists Abroad (ESA) will continue improving the orphanage’s infrastructure by maintaining and installing two water purification systems, solar cookers, a solar water heater, a water storage tank, and a greywater system. The ESA team will also conduct academic lessons throughout their stay focused on engineering principles, such as material strengths, fluid pressure, and harnessing solar energy.

Yes, this won an award too.

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Usme Landslide Mitigation & Rainwater Harvesting

The two projects are: 1) a geotechnical survey and slope failure analysis of an active landslide area and 2) a rainwater harvesting pilot project to create several repeatable designs for the 300,000 homes in the Usme district of Bogotá, Colombia. These two projects blend well with each other and impact a deserving community. For example, a solution to decrease the landslide activity is to drain groundwater from the
mountainside, which could be combined with the rainwater for a large volume of usable greywater. Overall, the project teams plan is to create construction manuals for landslide mitigation structures and rainwater harvesting systems.

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The goal of this project is to redesign a recreational vehicle to act as an adaptable tool trailer capable of expanding into a workspace, creating a mobile construction site that could be relocated to the site of a natural disaster. The trailer will also serve as a design studio for both individual and community design, fostering a collective knowledge and collaborative learning environment. As a third function, the trailer will serve as a micro living unit, which must be aesthetically pleasing as an illustration of what can be adopted by others as a comfortable and efficient living environment.

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February 27th, 2014

Hi all,

The Business Artifacts team is happy to report an all systems go! We have been successful in representing all aspects of business artifacts in simple 2-D tables that can be manipulated in any leading SQL clients.
To be more precise, we provide a one-to-one mapping of how we have mapped all features of Business Artifacts to the corresponding features in any database client:

The Business Artifact Information Component to the SQL Tables

In Business Artifacts, there is an explicit information component that holds and processe variables along the business process. The variables are defined, updated, retrieved or destroyed as per the requirements in the process flow. These variables include firm process variables that indicate quantity as well as life-cylce variables, corresponding to the state of the Business Artifact.
This component is implemented, by just defining all information components - that is all the attributes and their instances in the traditional database model. For instance, in the above considered business artifact, the information
component is described as under:

/SQL Code /
Create Table Payment_INSA ( ID int , Student_Name string , Accomodation_Rent int ,
Restauration_Rent int , Paid Bool , Retired Bool ) ;

Insert into Payment_INSA values (777 , John , 330 , 230 , ’True ’ , ’ False ’ ) ;
/ Creating Instance /

Tasks in the Business Artifact Business Process Management to (Stored Procedures) Routines in SQL

Tasks in the Business Artifact centred Business Process Management world are various decision making, input and activity centres that manipulate, update and read the information components of the Business Artifacts as well as specify
life-cycle states of the artifacts based either on input activity by an external agent or based on some pre-requisite decision rules that are applied to the state variables of the business artifacts.


These aspects are capable of holding all information possible pertaining to a given business process. As such, we have completed all pre-processing necessary and are beginning coding! This is an exciting phase and we hope to make greater strides in the course of the following month!

A bientot!

Raymond and Team

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February 26th, 2014

Hello IBM, thank you so much for accepting us into the Students for a Smarter Planet Program! Our team is very excited to join all of the other incredible teams on this website.

My name is Josh, and I am the financial team leader for Apparatus X, an adaptable tool trailer capable of expanding into a workspace, creating a mobile construction site that could be relocated to the site of a natural disaster. Our team is composed of about twenty Architecture and Engineering students at The Pennsylvania State University. We hope to complete the project by the end of this semester, after which it will travel to the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. Once it arrives, it must expand into a full workspace, storing a wide variety of tools. The trailer will act as a community workspace, facilitating the engagement and education necessary to rebuild a damaged area. The trailer will also be entirely self-sustainable, generating its own power with an array of solar panels on its roof, and using a rainwater collection and purification system to sustainably and efficiently provide water. This system also serves a didactic purpose, demonstrating the possibility to live a green lifestyle. Finally, the trailer must also serve as a micro-living unit, supporting a single resident. The image below shows Apparatus X after it has fully deployed, exhibiting its expandability and multiple work areas.



Apparatus X is divided into three equal sections, displayed in the image below. The first section is the live space, which will contain a kitchen, bathroom, and bed for the resident of the vehicle. The next section is the flex and design space, which will provide a social area for collaborative design. The final area is a work area that provides work surfaces as well as storage space for tools.



Thank you again for accepting us into your program! We are very excited to post updates on our progress, and learn about the projects that all of the other teams are working on!

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