Design Validation Event
Throughout the years, we have seen some teams put real effort in their design philosophies and ensuring that every component is well engineered and fits the overall package while achieving the goal of being able to handle any terrain anytime.
But time and again there have been instances where the sub systems were engineered well but not correlated with their ability to fit together as a complete package. There is a third category as well where the teams just bolt bits and pieces together with no value given to the ability of the said part to perform in the manner that it is desired of it.
That said, the current trend also points towards a lot of onboard real time data being accumulated by teams on sub systems. But data isn’t necessarily harvested by teams to relate to something meaningful that goes back into the design loop to validate proper functioning of the part. Data needs to be used to validate performance figures and ensure that the objective that the part was designed to achieve has been achieved and if it hasn’t the reasons for the same. It isn’t about ensuring that the expected value of the part performance figures have to be the same with the real world actual data, but the fact that the designer/ team is able to explain why the deviation occurred (if any) and the steps taken on the part because of the same.
In case of a component that is designed or fabricated by a team, the design and manufacturing of the component is just one part of the design loop. It isn’t the end of the process. Post manufacturing component testing before fitting to the car is an important step in completing the loop. It helps designers understand whether the component is performing to the desired level or not. If it is not performing to the desired level, it is primary that the team finds out why it isn’t the case and the factors that have led to this deviation.
The above two paragraphs explain briefly the change that we want to bring to the design event at the competition and design philosophy among teams. For ESI 2019, there will be a separate validation portion of the design event where we will be judging and evaluating teams based on the validation they have performed on the sub-systems of the car as well as the total package in general. It will be a bonus category optional event for 2019 with 50 bonus points on offer for the team which wins the validation event.
In coming months, we would be releasing more details on the event, the judging criteria, the points allocation criteria and any other relevant details on the same.
This notice serves as a first intimation to all teams for ESI 2019 that just designing without validation will no longer be enough.