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Monday showcase of UofT student projects

Ed Drass

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The Division of Engineering Science in the University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering would like to invite you to the 2008 Praxis II Design Showcase. The Engineering Science Praxis courses provide our students with the opportunity to apply their engineering and design skills to challenges ranging in scope from the personal to the global. Praxis II targets on local challenges, and this year the course focused on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) system.

Our first year engineering students spent the first half of the course identifying and researching issues of usability, accessibility, and sustainability within the TTC system. The result was a set of 84 Requests for Proposals (RFPs) describing design challenges solvable by their peers. The top six of these RFPs were selected as the design challenges to be solved during the second half of the course.

The students identified challenges ranging from improving safety and comfort, both above and below ground, through to better understanding who is using the TTC and improving real-time communication with TTC patrons. The specific RFPs (select the links for the full PDF versions) are:

• RFP A - Improving Passenger Safety at Streetcar Stops.pdf

• RFP B - Accessible Entrances at TTC Stations.pdf

• RFP C - Modifying Interior of the TTC Subway Car for Maximum Space Usage.pdf

• RFP D - Improving TTC Surface Access Points.pdf

• RFP E - Passenger Auditing.pdf

• RFP F - Design of A Real-Time Schedule Information Communication System.pdf

The students have spent the last six weeks designing and prototyping solutions to these RFPs. On April 14, 2008, the Division of Engineering Science will be publicly showcasing their designs. The student teams will be presenting posters and prototypes of their final design concepts from 0900-1900 in the Bahen Centre lobby, located at 40 St. George Street.

The Showcase schedule and descriptions of the design concepts is now available.

We are inviting the TTC, along with members of the press and the public interested in improving public transportation in Toronto, to our showcase. We hope that you will be able to attend.

<<cross-posted to t-t>>

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