Yesterday was my last class in the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology program. I handed in my last project at 10pm yesterday evening and went home. (I made this a bigger font ’cause it’s been a pretty major thing in my life for the past few years.)
I’m sitting at 75.63% (unofficial) in my weakest subject, Process Design, but the Final Project is not marked yet. We designed oil & gas vessels and pipelines and studied how these systems work.
I have 93.6% in Environmental Systems, my second-most interesting subject. We studied heat loss & efficiencies, solar, psychrometrics, green building systems, and other environmental systems. I think I wore out the instructor by asking questions. The biggest idea I’m taking away from this course is the message the instructor instilled in all of us – that add-on stuff, like solar panels and ground source heat pumps, do not make a building green. What matters is the design of the building. The rest is window dressing, for the most part.
I don’t know what I got in Civil Design & Drafting. It was an interesting but tough course. We studied subdivision plot plans, Real Property Reports, urban planning, Universal Design, road & lot grading, storm (runoff) & sanitary (poop) sewer utility systems, drainage analysis, and earthworks. I didn’t do very well in the second-last assignment. Pretty good in the others.
I’m at 81.92% in Architectural Design III so far, but this doesn’t include the final assignment which hasn’t been graded yet. This is the commercial architectural course. I submitted our final drawing yesterday at 4:27pm. Christoper (a teammate) and I will go through all of our drawings and review the instructor’s markups. We studied Alberta Building Code (not just Div. B Part 9 as in residential architecture), structural factors, site plans, preliminary floor plans, section views, final floor plans, building science, building cross-sections, specifications, reflected ceiling plans, interior & exterior elevations, interior & exterior renderings, and legends. Very interesting course – my favourite. I still have the final exam to write as well. It’s this coming Wednesday, April 18, 2018.
This is also not a final mark as our final submission is not graded yet, but so far I’ve got 95.91% in Applied Research II. My team researched Bamboo as a Viable Alternative to Steel Reinforcement in Concrete. We were awarded the Lethbridge College EDDT submission to the ASET Capstone Project. We will be in ASET’s magazine publication as a finalist in the next step for the Banff meetings. … This just in – we got 23/25 on our Final Presentation, the presentation portion of the Final Project. The Final Report is yet to be graded.
Hopefully all is well. I’ve not convocated yet (the college-level word for graduate, I guess). So it ain’t over just yet.