It’s inspiring to see innovation in STEM education, and it’s an even greater pleasure to be part of it. Enable was proud to assist in the instrumentation of the E7 building at the University of Waterloo, and members of our team were on hand to for its opening on October 29th.
Utilizing data acquisition technology from National Instruments, Enable built a number of data collection points within the Engineering Seven building, focusing on providing a continuum of experience. The goal was to generate excitement and interest in first year engineers by allowing them to view data visualization, and also to enable research. The systems were strategically chosen for both engineering research impact, as well as relevance to people moving about the building.
The system placed upon the pedestrian bridge running between Engineering Five and Seven is a particularly powerful learning tool, as it allows for viewing of the impact of people‘s footsteps as they cross the building. During the launch, more than 40 donors in a tour group crossed the bridge at once, and it was possible to see not only the designed capability of measuring the foot falls, but also the engineering design for the the formation of the beams holding the bridge up.
Ultimately, this data will be made available to students for labs, as well as researchers. It will also be visible on digital signage throughout the building, as well as accessible via phones, tablets, and computers.
Thank you to the University of Waterloo for allowing us to participate in this exciting project, and thank you to the dedicated and talented group at Enable that implemented this system.