Success for Thomas O’Hare at NEC Big Bang UK
Success for Thomas at Big Bang NEC Birmingham 2018
Students and staff at the College are delighted to learn that Thomas O'Hare was presented with the Research Council UK award Celebrating the Year of Engineering and a prize of 500 pounds, having won the Senior engineering award at Sentinus Young Innovators in Belfast
Thomas was selected to exhibit and present his prize winning A Level Design and Technology project ‘ConChute’ to the judges and thousands of visitors at the Big Bang Fair (National Science and Engineering Competition) on 14th – 15th March at the NEC Birmingham.
'ConChute' received a lot of interest and attention from the judges and visitors at the Big Bang event. Thomas was praised highly for his ability to address this real world problem and to produce a very high quality fully functioning product. Judges were particularly impressed with the quality his of display and presentation skills which included video footage and professionally produced banner.
Thomas has enjoyed the experience of competing at UK level and hopes this will stand him in good stead for the future. Thomas’s innovative engineering prototype aptly named 'ConChute', is a versatile solution to a common problem experienced by building contractors.
Frequently access to building works can be very limited which often prevents use of regular construction machinery. In particular sub structures and foundations require large volumes of very heavy ready mixed concrete which arrives on site in bulk and needs to be poured into footings and foundations.
Often there is a distance to transport the concrete on site, a process usually accomplished with a digger. When space for such machines is limited small narrow dumpers are used. However even these may struggle to manoeuvre to pour the concrete in confined spaces.
Thomas's innovative 'ConChute' is a MIG welded rigid steel frame incorporating a hopper and directional chute which enables concrete delivered by the dumper to be poured accurately and with ease through 180 degrees into foundations and footings. 'ConChute' can be picked up and positioned on site by the dumper and is sufficiently lightweight to enable it to be moved by two workmen.
The finished product has been sprayed in attractive orange and black to match the dumper.
All at St. Colman's College congratulate Thomas on his determination, skills and commitment and wish him every success with his degree course and career as an engineer in the future.