Friday, 5 June 2015

Feedback and Reflection




After Presenting our project to our Client, our group received some feedback that included areas that could be improved or changed.

One area was the inclusion of a detail of the intended method of connection between the steering column and the arduino. The proposed solution is a 15mm wooded dowel that is fixed to the wheel providing the turning imput, then fixing some pvc pipe with coupling clamps. The shaft of the potentiometer is then attached to the moving wooden dowel, by drilling in a hole in the base, and the top of the potentiometer is fixed with tape to the pvc pipe.

Dimensions have also been added to the model for easier repeatability.


Overall the amount and quality of collaboration between the group was satisfactory, with different levels of participation between members. A lot of communication was done through facebook messenger, however we found that face to face meeting were a lot more beneficial and more issues were addressed. 

In terms of the Timeline, if we were to repeat the project more time should be given to the combining of the elements at the end. We each worked on separate parts and were going to combine them all at the end. However this process took more time than intended and the finished product that was presented could have been better or more finished.

I believe we documented the project well, and that it satisfied the brief and the needs of the client. Due to all this documentation it should easily be repeated or improved.

If repeated, the project would benefit from:
  • more face to face meetings
  • stricter deadlines and better time management
  • stricter team leader to control member work loads/completion

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Final Presentation

Exploded Model




Left Side


Process of Modelling


Detail of side panel

Monday, 1 June 2015

Driving Wheel Fabrication

Fabrication Process Time Lapse Video

Material List

 Finished wheel in all its glory

                                Steering column is 15mm wooden dowel that was hammered to fit

                                                                         Profile view

                                                      Sides are made from two panels 

Back features a "door" with magnetic catch allowing easy access to the electronics inside

                                                                     Rear door hinges

Interior Steering column, cable ties are to hold in place while gluing.PVC conduit provides stationary support and reduces friction for turning wooden dowel

                                                               Side panels supports

Steering column detail. (Note: cable ties are temporary support while glue dries)

Documentation of arduino

Breadboard Diagram

Schematic Diagram 

Bill of Materials (click to enlarge)

Tuesday, 19 May 2015


General Information

Opened with a video - all about controlling the market around you
Definition - "remuneration is a payment made to or for the benefit of a worker, this is not as simple as a wage or salary as it includes such things as remuneration return and reconciliation statement" 

"What do I have to pay for" vs "what do I want my remuneration package to say"

Different types of Remunerations 
Example of a Successful remuneration package includes:

  • $ per hour 
  • non monetary 
  • direct 
  • indirect

Good use of video to introduce the topic - motif of "fuck you" getting in the best position you can
Interesting use of colour as a "contents page"
Good knowledge of topic
Good minimal use of slides - not to much text
Use of statistics to relate to the audience
Used hextic and own project as an example


No pictures - (although might be hard for topic)
could have at outside use of remuneration

How it relates to us

The employer: contractors (UNSW)
The Employees: (The Students)

All the conditions are already set eg. Hours, leave ect.
We cannot take any risk and not effected by profit loss, ect.

How it relates on a personal level

23% of UNSW FBE job seeker rate
$53.27 average hourly rate
Going to university (UNSW) adds to your overall Remuneration package
You can add to your "personal value" by
  • General education
  • Good Results
  • Extra curricular projects
  • Study tours
  • Networking
  • Internships
How to move forward
  • documentation
  • codes, regulations and legislation
  • project evaluations, programs and feasibility studies
  • consultants

Tuesday, 12 May 2015


Summary of Information

Different Sources of Conflict

  • Change
  • Clash of personalities
  • Leadership
  • Poor Communication
  • Sub Par Performance
  • Emotions - Anxiety - Distrust - Disagreements


Covered a range of situations involving conflict
Incorporated the use of Hextic into the presentation which responds with the audience
Good use of statistics - (Might be generalized)
Good use of graphics and list of types of people that cause conflict.


Slides were a bit cluttered with text, pictures, banners and silhouettes

How it can relate to our group

Avoiding conflict before it "snowballs"
Need to use communication
Conflict and conflicting interests are different things, and one can lead to the other
As a group leader need to address the conflicting interests before they turn to a conflict.
Due to the nature of our project -(not design based) conflict is already limited, main issue is the allocation and shared equal work loads between team members