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DesignSpine Water Distribution

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During the 2017-2018 year, Citizens Energy Group partnered with the R.B. Annis school of engineering to develop a portable system to distribute water to people at outdoor events. During that academic year, initial designs and a small scale, functional prototype were completed. This year we built the full scale version. Throughout this project, we have implemented the Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology to guide the design process. Within the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, this methodology has been adapted into the DesignSpine process. It’s a gate based process that uses gateways at key points in the design process to make sure the students are on track. New designs were generated based off of client feedback of the prototype, and a final design was decided upon. We chose an ADA accessible design that has eight spigots, two main storage IBC tanks, 275 gallons each, and a cooling system that uses ice to chill the water. This new version safely and efficiently transports, stores, and distributes water. It is also educational, eco-friendly, and provides good advertising for Citizens Energy Group. The system contains enough water to fill 3,500 water bottles before needing refilling. There is also an option for a continuous flow system that allows the user to hook the system up to a fire hydrant and have a continuous flow of water. Our system will be mobile enough to be towed by a pickup truck, not requiring a special operators license to be transported on public roads

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During the 2017-2018 year, Citizens Energy Group partnered with the R.B. Annis school of engineering to develop a portable system to distribute water to people at outdoor events. During that academic year, initial designs and a small scale, functional prototype were completed. This year we built the full scale version. Throughout this project, we have implemented the Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) methodology to guide the design process. Within the R.B. Annis School of Engineering, this methodology has been adapted into the DesignSpine process. It’s a gate based process that uses gateways at key points in the design process to make sure the students are on track. New designs were generated based off of client feedback of the prototype, and a final design was decided upon. We chose an ADA accessible design that has eight spigots, two main storage IBC tanks, 275 gallons each, and a cooling system that uses ice to chill the water. This new version safely and efficiently transports, stores, and distributes water. It is also educational, eco-friendly, and provides good advertising for Citizens Energy Group. The system contains enough water to fill 3,500 water bottles before needing refilling. There is also an option for a continuous flow system that allows the user to hook the system up to a fire hydrant and have a continuous flow of water. Our system will be mobile enough to be towed by a pickup truck, not requiring a special operators license to be transported on public roads