Announcing the winner of the BCWWA 2017 Student Design Competition!

Congratulations to team UBSea Tec, winners of the 2017 BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) Student Design Competition (SDC). The winning team is comprised of Kit Caufield (team leader), Brad Jenks, Tim Burton, Jenikka Javison, Antonio Castro and Gregory Vettese. Special thanks to the UBCTec Consultants; Faculty Advisor Dr. Troy Vassos and Consultant Advisor David Lumb

The BCWWA SDC promotes real world design experience for students interested in pursuing a career and/or education in water and wastewater engineering and sciences. The 2017 BCWWA SDC was based on a project statement from the Tsawout First Nation, Eric Pettit of WSP, Danny Higashitani and Jane Guo (INAC). This statement challenged teams to provide a feasibility level design for a secondary treatment upgrade to the Tsawout First Nation’s aging wastewater plant on Vancouver Island. Students were asked to screen existing technology to identify appropriate secondary treatment processes, compare options, and consider the project’s triple bottom line to identify the process that would best serve the community. Students visited the community and were greeted with a traditional Coast Salish welcome before touring the existing plant with Elders and the plant operators who provided valuable information on the problems to be solved.

Five teams submitted design reports and presented an oral presentation to a panel of four judges. Teams were evaluated on their technical content, along with organization, delivery and overall presentation. The winning team winning team recommended an MBBR design which made excellent use of existing infrastructure on the site providing a robust, easy to operate and simple to maintain systemf

Team UBSea Tec will go on to present at the 45th BCWWA Annual Conference and Trade Show in Victoria, BC from May 28 - 30th 2017. The winning team will also compete at the Water Environment Federation’s Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) Student Design Competition in Chicago, Illinois on September 30 to October 4, 2017.

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Thanks to: 

TSAWOUT First Nation Logo

Thank you to our sponsors:

Associated Engineering logo Kerr Wood Leidal logo  Nautsa mawt Tribal Council


        Opus International                             UBC logo




 Special thanks to:

David Lumb (KWL)
Mary Boulanger (Urban Systems)
Sunny Mangat (AMEC)Sam Turk (Golder)   
Trevor Jones (AECOM)
Seamus Frain (Opus International)
Dr. Troy Vassos
Eric Hall
Dr. Donald Mavinic
Pierre Berube
Marlene Chow


Madjid Mohseni
Jane Guo (INAC)
Danny Higashitani (INAC)
Laith Furatian
Jurek Janota-Bzowski (KWL)
Eric Pettit (WSP)
Ignatius Pelkey
Travis Pelkey
Kevin Vollmer (INAC)
Chief Harvey Underwood and the Tsawout First Nation staff





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Image credit: Kyla Jonas


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