The Barcelona group recently organised their PATW competition which took place on 18th October at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.
There were four competitors presenting on the following subject:
• ³Cat-1: The CubeSat inititative at the UPC NanoSat Lab
• Automatic design of an artificial neural network for Unreal Tournament 2004
• Design of an electronics device to measure audible hearing level
• Engineering and all things "bio-"
The day of the event, all was prepared at the graduation hall of the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, our hosting institution, with contenders ready with their full presentations and the audience interested to learn more on the announced topics.
For starters, the local IET representative gave a brief description of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, its aims, the activities carried out globally, locally and the services it offers. This helped to break the ice and alleviate the tension of the presenters who were introduced to the jury one at the time, giving the title of their presentation, and let them confer on their project.
All of the presenters were well prepared on the subject presented and managed to stay within the allotted time. While presenting, the panel of judges were evaluating the presenters for their presentations skills, the clarity of their explanations and the impact on the audience. With a brief private summit at the end of the dissertations the panel agreed on the winner.
Congratulations to Lara Sofia Escuain Poole, who was awarded the monetary prize and the winner's certificate, beside being granted the right to participate to the next level of the PATW competition to be held in Ireland.
Special thanks to the panel of judges, who volunteered their time for the competition, which was formed by:
• Dr. David Jimenez (Lecturer at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
• Mr. Andrew Frost (Member of the IET Barcelona Group)
• Mr. Gianni Cessel (Member of the IET Barcelona Group)
See a photograph of the line up in our photos section.
Report prepared by Gianni Cessel
The Barcelona group is pleased to announce that during the week beginning 22nd July we have the opportunity to visit the FICOSA plant in Villadecavalls.
During the visit, which will last approx 1.5 hours, we will be shown the printed circuit assembly line with the automatic insertion stations, the testing facilities and other automotive operations of the company.
* Explanation of Ficosa businesses lines
* PCA assembly line with pick&place machines
* Test and certifications labs
* Plastic moulding line
* Product assembly
* R&D offices
The date cannot be finalised yet because we are waiting for the exact moment when the lines will be operative during that week so check back regularly for futher information.
On Oct 3rd the Barcelona local network of the IET paid a visit to the Control tower of the main Barcelona city airport "El Prat". We were received by the tower supervisor, the staff member responsible for the IT system and by the person responsible for the radar system.
We began the visit quite literally from the Top as we were led up to the top of the tower were the full extent of the airport can be seen. This includes the long runaway on the north side running east-west where aircraft land, a smaller parallel run away on the south where aircraft take off and a third one that crosses the two south-north mainly used for night operations that avoids excessive neighbourhood noise pollution since the aircraft approach the airport from the sea.
As expected, procedures are quite strict and the utmost is done to ensure safety. Radar technology is extensively used to detect approaching aircraft and to request an identification code through automated radio signalling to the aircraft transponder. This is cross-checked with the flight data stored in the information system of the tower. Surface radar then provides the greater accuracy needed within a 10km radius of the airport, with the hand-over from one radar to the other automatically completed by the system so that the operators can continuously track the aircraft on their monitors. Eventually, a system of emitters/receivers provide the aircraft location through the multilateration technique when it is landing and taxing over the airport boundary.
All in all an excellent way to see how technology is used to operate a complex traffic system aiding the controllers in their work, whilst enhancing the security for passengers and staff.
Stay in touch with our network to learn more about future visits.
See photograph here