‘Loads, Diodes and Cathodes’ Win the 2018 Case Study Competition

By Carl Jackson

‘Loads, Diodes and Cathodes’, the 2018 Case Competition winners

Presenting to peers, academics and a panel of industry-based judges on 26 March 2018, over 154 students comprising 33 multidisciplinary teams competed in this year’s Case Study Competition, with ‘Loads, Diodes and Cathodes’ taking home the prize.

Melbourne School of Engineering alumnus Alex Catto-Smith, Longford Surveillance Engineer from ExxonMobil, presented the teams with this year’s case topic, which focused on the repurposing and decommissioning of two ExxonMobil offshore platforms in the Bass Strait.

The winning team’s members spanned four specialisations within the Master of Engineering; Arthur Masion in Chemical, Dominique Ling in Mechatronics, Nathaniel de Bell in Mechanical and Tony Srour in Electrical.

The multidisciplinary grouping in this competition played an important role in the team’s success, with team member Tony Srour commenting that “when you have four different disciplines on the same team, you get to tackle the problem from four different angles… [it’s] one of the reasons why most real-world engineering projects are multidisciplinary.”

This is a perspective echoed by Nathaniel de Bell, who explained that “during brainstorming of the design problem, our different interests and areas of study allowed us to comprehensively assess proposed ideas.”

When you have four different disciplines on the same team, you get to tackle the problem from four different angles… [it’s] one of the reasons why most real-world engineering projects are multidisciplinary.

Chosen by a panel of judges comprising representatives from ExxonMobil, Carlton United Breweries and CSF Proteins, the winners received a 12 month mentoring experience and a site visit with ExxonMobile, in addition to the honour of having their names added to the trophy.

The mentoring program was a wonderful opportunity to learn from the mentor’s “invaluable life experience and skills”, explained Arthur Masion when asked about what he hoped to get from this prize. Masion was also excited about the opportunity to gain greater insight into the oil and gas industry and build a professional network.

So did the winning team have any tips for future participants? Dominique Ling offered this advice – “practice in front of live audiences, get feedback on body language, clarity and how interesting you are and film and re-watch your presentations”.

Registrations for next year’s Case Competition will open in February/March 2019. Find out more about previous competition rounds and how you can get involved here.