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A CEE senior design team from Seattle University has earned the top prize four out of the last six years, 2008, 2011, 2012, and now again in 2013, at the Annual Parsons Brinckerhoff Undergraduate Design Competition.The 2013 first place winner was Team CEE 13.5, whose yearlong senior capstone project was sponsored by Seattle Public Utilities (SPU). CEE seniors, David Farr, Caitlyn Echterling, Andrew McEwan, and Lauren Oumaye, pictured right to left below at the recent 2013 SU Projects Day celebration at SU, traveled to the annual competition in May this year held at the EWRI conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. They worked throughout the year under the guidance of SPU Engineers Ben Marre and George Schneider and Faculty Advisor David Jacobs, pictured far left, from SU.
The team addressed the susceptibility of Seattle’s Madison Valley to flooding during extreme storm events and to combined sewer overflows during moderate storm events. SPU asked Team CEE 13.5 to assess the feasibility of using the flood control facilities to address combined sewer overflows (CSO), which discharge untreated sewage and stormwater into Seattle’s waterways. The team developed a flow-control algorithm that would allow the facilities to adjust flow through the system based on the above real-time inputs. Additionally, the team developed two physical designs of the flow-control gate and related components that would be implemented to replace the current passive gate control system. The picture below is from the actual conference, where the team received their award certificate from Brian Van Weele, the organizer of the Parsons Brinckerhoff competition.
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