DCC Sydney & Newcastle updates: paper planes & the ANA executive series
Paper Plane Competition
In August Engineers Australia in conjunction with Davies Collison Cave hosted the annual Pre-Launch of Australian Engineering Week. This annual event took place at Martin Place, with a variety of activities including: (i) a robotic vehicle challenge; (ii) interaction with the Defence Force’s ‘Maloo’ van equipped with portable gaming pods and sound system; (iii) bomb disposal robot; and (iv) the paper plane contest.
Workers in their lunch hour, groups of friends and families all took part in the free competition to demonstrate their paper plane making skills. The rules for making and flying the planes were developed by Engineers Australia.
The winner calculated using the equation W = 7t d, where ”t” is time in seconds that the plane remains airborne; and ”d” is the distance in metres Maximum ”W” is the winner.
The lucky winner won a flight in the Red Baron aeroplane!
Australian Nanotechnology Alliance Executive Series
Future Materials, the Australian Nanotechnology Alliance and Davies Collison Cave Newcastle Office were pleased to host the inaugural Newcastle seminar on Energy Harvesting Materials – Sustainable Energy for Australia’s Future.
Guest speakers were two leading technologists: Dr Chris Fell, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Energy Technology and Dr Sam Behrens, Research Scientist, CSIRO Energy Technology.
Chris discussed CSIRO’s work in organic photovoltaics, a technology that could make energy from solar cells as cheap as energy from fossil fuels, whilst Sam focused on energy harvesting, with a special interest in harvesting energy from civil infrastructures such as road surfaces and bridges, for powering remote street lighting, warning signs and vehicle sensing.