Designing the next generation of Ottawa’s sustainable housing

Posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Author: Dorothy Lo

Capstone team group picture

From left to right: Foamenom Tabou, Saif El Husseini, Gisèle Umuhire Dushime, Qichen Liang, Yu Bai, Kenneth Onyekachi Omenogor

A team of uOttawa Civil Engineering students brought home the second prize award in the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s 2018 Student Competition in the Undergraduate Group Report division!

The capstone team, with the help of their supervisor Dr. Sai K. Vanapalli, designed a sustainable condominium complex to help solve Ottawa’s growing need for housing while also incorporating innovative solutions to reduce the building’s negative environmental impact. They accomplished this by analyzing the soil properties of different regions of Ottawa and identifying the areas in which the soil conditions are favourable, taking into consideration the foundation type and materials used as well.

CGS building model

Their winning design features a 6-floor complex with plenty of natural light as well as insulated concrete to reduce overall energy consumption. With the addition of photovoltaic panels and energy piles to gather solar and geothermal energy, respectively, the building’s net energy consumption would be nearly zero! The design is complete with green roofs to offset the carbon footprint of the building.

“We are extremely honored to receive this award by the Canadian Geotechnical Society, as it symbolizes the diligence and worth ethic of our team, along with receiving unparalleled mentorship by our esteemed supervisor Dr. Sai Vanapalli, and Professors Dr. Hasan Aoude, Dr. Leandro Sanchez, and Dr. Rozalina Dimitrova. “– Capstone Team

There is no shortage of talent among this team’s six members, each with distinguished profiles.

Saif El Husseini is a University of Ottawa graduate and was accepted at the Business and Entrepreneurship Programme at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom with a full Faculty of Engineering International Experience Scholarship.

Gisèle Umuhire Dushime is a Magna Cum Laude University of Ottawa graduate and Dean’s Honour list awardee. She aims to pursue her Master of Applied Science in the field of Geotechnical Engineering and P. Eng. license in Ontario.

Kenneth Omenogor is a Cum Laude University of Ottawa graduate currently pursuing his Master of Applied Science in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Ottawa, researching correlations between CBR test and resilient modulus for pavement design under the supervision of Dr. Sai Vanapalli. He aims to pursue his Doctorate of Philosophy in Geotechnical Engineering.

Yu Bai is a University of Ottawa graduate currently pursuing his Master of Applied Science in Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Ottawa under the supervision of Dr. Sai Vanapalli. Yu aims to receive a Doctorate in Philosophy in Geotechnical Engineering and P. Eng. license in Ontario in the future.

Foamenom Tabou is a Magna Cum Laude University of Ottawa graduate and Dean’s Honour list awardee. Foamenom is currently in the Economics program at Harvard University and developing design for net-zero houses in Cameroon.

Qichen Liang is a Cum Laude graduate and a Dean’s Honor awardee from University of Ottawa. The University of Toronto, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and McGill University have all accepted Qichen for their master programs. She will continue her graduate studies at the University of Toronto, within the field of Geotechnical Design and Sustainable research.

Congratulations to the project team on receiving this award! If you are interested in learning more about the Canadian Geotechnical Society, visit their page.

Capstone team group picture 2

From left to right: Foamenom Tabou, Yu Bai, Qichen Liang, Gisèle Umuhire Dushime, Saif El Husseini, Kenneth Omenogor

 

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