Summer 2018 Project Overview

Multiple international teams collaborating to design and construct a comprehensive small scale model to present the overall concept of a sustainable transportation system. Student teams will individually design and develop key components of a transportation system, but will need to successfully communicate with other teams to integrate all projects.

Design Specifications

  1. A small scale sustainable transportation system will have 4 operating bogies (1 does arbitrary motion, 3 computer controlled) completing 5 trips in a fixed amount of time on the most optimized path. Trip order will be randomized and the automated system will have organized the fastest routes. If battery on bogie falls to 35% or lower, bogie automatically heads to charging station to be charged. Charging station to be inductive or an enclosed wayside system for recharging. All user input can be logged via computer, mobile phone, or kiosk. The user input station will receive the trips from user.
  2. Track specifications are as follows; track width = 2 inches, rail thickness = 0.25 inches, center guideway = 0.125 inches thickness, 2.14 inches above the track. Additional drawings and specifications can be provided.

Figure 1: Featured small-scale guideway from previous year


  1. Small-Scale 2018 Summer Project.
  1. (TEAM 1): Track improvements (must be completed before summer 2018)
  2. (TEAM 2): Small scale bogie - mechanical
  1. Bogie suspension -mechanical
  2. Fail safe for bogie (ensure it never falls to ground)
  1. (TEAM 3): Small scale bogie controls - mechanical
  2. (TEAM 4): System navigation (phone or laptop controlled) - software / computer engineering students
  1. At-station kiosk for user control - software / computer engineering students
  1. (TEAM 5): Small scale solar charging station induction method -electrical
  1. enclosed wayside pickup method -electrical
  1. (TEAM 6): Aerodynamics
  1. Wind resistance
  2. Lateral load (cross wind)


Month, Year


February 2018

February 5th, 2018 Begin project:

February 12th, 2018 Problem Statement/Research

February 15th, 2018 Proposal

(At participating University)

March 2018

March 1st, 2018: Design Review 1 via Skype.
March 15th, 2018: Presentation 1 via Skype

(At participating University)

April 2018

April 15th, 2018: Design Review 2 via Skype

(At participating University)

May 2018

May 1st, 2018: Presentation 2 via Skype, preliminary BOMs (Bill of Materials) due here

May 1st-15th, 2018: All BOMs need to be ordered by here.

(At participating University)

June 2018

Design Finalization
(At participating University)

July 2018

July 2nd - July 27th, 2018 - Develop prototypes, testing, analysis, results.

(Silicon Valley)

July 26th - Open House Presentations

[Students display the project to sponsors and their local university and local government officials]


  1. (2) Presentation per term, (2) design meetings per team, (4) total required interfacing from February to May.
  2. Update weekly Team Blog
  1. Blog updates should reflect an understanding of the other teams’ work
  1. Problem Statement & Proposal
  1. Write up of the existing problems
  2. Followed with proposed solutions and specifications
  3. Students set their own Scope-of-Work based on their solution
  1. Midterm prototype test and results (rapid prototype)
  1. This would test out various necessary components of their design
  2. This may warrant an early redesign
  1. Preliminary BOMs (Bill of Materials) due March 1st, 2018.
  1. Finalized BOMs due May 1st, 2018
  1. Manufacture and Complete Project July 2018

Final Event

  1. Open House Night
  1. The collaborative is to present their project and their findings to sponsors and key individuals