Two JKUAT students emerged winners in two different categories of a regional student design competition dubbed Autodesk DesignNext Africa 2018 after trouncing finalists from twelve universities representing five African countries.
Emmanuel Kinyanjui, 5th Year Mechatronic Engineering Student, with his Garbage Waste Separation and Sorting System bagged the first prize in the Product Design category while Collins Onyango Aketche, 6th Year Architecture student with his Homabay Acute Care Hospital Design also scooped the first position in the Building Design category.
The regional competition powered by Autodesk, an international leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, was designed to encourage students of Architecture, Engineering and Design to improve their digital design skills using Autodesk tools and develop innovative solutions for a better future.
The contest was divided into two categories; Building Design and Product Design, and the winners were declared at the Africa Union 2018 Conference, October 24, 2018.
According to Emmanuel and his team, they came up with the Garbage Waste Separation and Sorting System after finding out that the prevailing systems of garbage waste separation had failed to yield in sorted waste.
“The unsorted waste denies us from seizing opportunities of recycling useful waste hence the need to develop a system that automatically separates the waste and sort it promptly to enable an effective and efficient waste recycling process to take place,” explained Emmanuel.
He is confident that with proper management and recycling of waste, proliferation of diseases and environmental degradation will significantly reduce, ensuring sustainable cities and communities as stipulated in Sustainable Development Goal 11, and ultimately enhance livelihoods.
The system is a semi-industrial sorter, which is fed with unsorted waste that is then processed removing recyclable waste along the channel. According to Emmanuel, it is an economically viable system that serves a greater multitude of people while utilising existing channels of garbage disposal.
Collins on the other hand, came up with the Homabay Acute Care Hospital Design to supplement the already existing Homabay District Hospital. During his research, he found out that significant numbers of patients were harmed during healthcare, either resulting in permanent injury, increased length of stay in health care facilities or death.
“Unventilated double loaded corridor used as waiting areas put patients and healthcare providers at risk of contracting respiratory diseases caused by exposure to high level of polluted medical fumes, poor choice of materials surface finish put patients at danger of contracting diseases by contact while unleveled and slippery floor finishes cause falls and injuries to patients,” elucidated Collins.
In his design, Collins proposes single loaded walkways which open to private landscaped courtyards used as waiting areas. This, he believes, will reduce infections of airborne diseases. The design has also isolated the infectious disease wards and are only accessible through an airlock to minimize instances of transmissions.
Emmanuel and his team composed of; Dennis Kipkogei Chang’ach and Antony Kariuki used Autodesk Fusion 360, Autodesk Inventor and Autodesk Eagle to design his system while Collins used Autodesk 3Ds Max for his design.
The countries that were represented in the competition were; Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Algeria and Kenya. University of Nairobi was the only other local institution in the competition.