1. Category Description & Objective
The goal of the Consulting Engineering category is to encourage undergraduate engineering students to utilize their full range of skills to solve a complex, multi-disciplined engineering problem and convince a “client” that their solution is optimal. Engineers often perform consulting services for problems as varied as company restructuring, systems implementation, production optimization, and general design. In this category, competitors must design and promote an engineering solution to potential clients (judges). Winning entries will demonstrate that the team has understood and analyzed the entire problem, identified the client’s needs, developed and documented an original optimized solution, and persuaded the client that their solution is best.
Consulting will have a new category added. Business Consulting will be opened for business students.
2. Category Logistics
Third Place: Coming Soon
2.3. Facilities Provided by the Competitors
· Computer(s) with legal copies of software and current anti-virus protection
· USB key to transfer the final presentation to the presentation computer
· Reference materials relevant to the problem (optional but recommended)
3. Topic Selection
Consulting Engineering is a very broad field of engineering practice. That being said, the competition scenario(s) will be realistic. A good topic will give teams the opportunity to offer a credible technical solution, use novel ideas, and allow for analysis of the problem from multiple points of view.
The topic should be multidisciplinary and should not be limited to technical considerations. While the Consulting Engineering category assesses technical skill, it focuses on the competitors’ capacity to optimize their solution based on economic, ecological and social requirements (or other requirements specified in the problem).
The topic should be reasonably open and leave room for imagination. Topics must be fully documented in writing. All necessary documentation must be provided to competitors and judges when the problem is presented. All restrictions/constraints will also be noted.
4. Competitor Deliverables
The Consulting Engineering Category has a minimum of the following deliverables:
· One (1) Solution Report, using the format provided by the REC Organizing Committee. The report must be a comprehensive document of the proposed design/solution.
· One (1) Final Presentation, using software as defined by the REC Organizing Committee.
Optional deliverables are models, diagrams, etc. as defined by the Scope of Work. The REC Organizing Committee is responsible for providing the necessary materials for these additional deliverables.
The most important aspects of evaluation in this category are how well the solution meets the needs of the client (based on the criteria established by the REC Organizing Committee), originality, and persuasiveness of the presenters.
There will be three judges, appropriately selected with some experience in consulting engineering.
|Presentation clarity, appearance and professionalism||10%|
|Compliance with expectations||15%|
| Technical innovation
|Quality of the solution||15%|
|Environmental, social and economic analysis||15%|
|Quality of visual aids||10%|
|Correspondence to report||5%|
|Compliance with time||5%|
7. Competition Procedures
· The Judges’ Briefing occurs prior to disclosing the Scope of Work to the competitors
· The Category Official will present the Scope of Work, answer questions about it, and make any final amendments to the problem as required by the consensus of the judges.
· The Category Official will also cover logistics of the competition related to judging.
7.3. Releasing the Scope of Work
· The Scope of Work, which outlines full details of the problem and judging criteria in a format similar to a Request for Quote, will be presented to all competitors and judges on Friday evening of the competition.
· The Category Official will present the Scope of Work orally, as well as handing out printed copies to competitors and judges.
· Logistics of handing in materials and the final presentation will be presented at this time.
· Questions will not be entertained.
7.4. Report Review
· The competition organizers will distribute copies of all the reports to all of the judges.
· Format (i.e. hard or soft copy) is at the discretion of the organizing committee, but the judges must be able to review the reports during the presentation regardless of format
· The competition organizers must allow sufficient time for the judges to review the reports prior their respective presentations. For example, there may be a review period before each presentation, or there may be a review period for the first half of the reports prior to the first half of presentations, then a second review period for the second half of the reports prior to the second half of presentations.
· It is not required that all judges review all reports, but it is recommended that at least two (2) judges review each report for marking.
7.5. Final Presentations
· The order of presentation will be determined randomly.
· Each team is allowed 20 minutes to present their solution and deliverables.
· During this time, they must persuade the judges that their proposal is the best possible solution based on the criteria of the Scope of Work.
· Judges may ask brief questions during the presentation for clarification, but should hold detailed questions until the question period. Time will be halted while a judge asks a question and while the team responds.
· The remaining time must be indicated at 10 minutes, 5 minutes and 1 minute before the end of the allotted time. A visual countdown must be given during the last 30 seconds of allotted time.
· A five (5) minute question period will follow each presentation