- Relevant documents
- Problem Definition Documents
Team Vision for Problem Definition PhaseDuring this phase the team was striving to gain a better understanding of the potential final process and product we aim to develop. We wanted to hear from our customers and gain insight on what our end goal should be.
We have begun to narrow the scope after meeting with a group of our customers from 4 Walls Project who represented Nicaragua and our contact in Haiti. We have begun brainstorming several ideas regarding the system we wish to develop and the range of products we would like to produce.
Project SummaryIn their current state, Nicaragua and Haiti are overwhelmed with plastic bottle waste streams. In these environments, this plastic waste is an untapped resource that can be both removed and reused. The objective of this project is to develop a system and several products that can effectively remove this waste and produce value for the people living in these polluted regions.
Traditional recycling methods are not currently viable and as a result, it is our goal to produce a method of up-cycling for these bottles that will benefit the local population. We will work to develop a system that promotes collection of the waste and rewards the community for their efforts in reducing the pollution. We believe we can use this waste stream and produce a value stream in areas such as infrastructure, education, and public health.
This is our current iteration use case for out project. A link to the use case can be found here.
Project Goals and Key Deliverables
In the current state, a final product for our project has not yet been identified. Below are some known requirements for our project based on the current lack of product.
- A system that will reduce the plastic waste in both Nicaragua and Haiti
- A product that can be produced by said system that will add value to the citizens that will operate it
- The team wishes to provide both a complete system and working prototype
- Full documentation of designs, components, required materials, and any additional information will be formally presentable
- A poster, presentation, paper, and demonstration prepared prior to Imagine RIT
Customer Requirements (Needs)here.
Engineering Requirements (Metrics & Specifications)here.
- Primary Constraints include but are not limited to
- The final process must fall within our $1500 budget
- The process and product need to be durable enough to withstand harsh climate conditions such as high heat, humidity, and rainfall
- Developed systems must be easy to transport by two people
- Local tradesmen and women must be capable of maintaining the system
- Products developed from the system must add value to the local communities
- Shipping cost must remain low as a result footprint should be small
House of Qualityhere.
Plans for next phase
- Team Vision
A link to our current document outlining our team's vision for phase II can be found here: Team Vision.
- The following are links to our individual three week plans :
- David Swerzenski Three Week Plan.
- Michael Kist Three Week Plan.
- Evan Oslakovich Three Week Plan.
Review Presentation and Research
- The following Are important links to documents used throughout the problem definition phase. :
- Engineering Team Problem Definition Review
- Industrial Design Process Book Review
- A brochure created for our stakeholders to help us narrow down product ideas can be found Here.