The Project Clean Access team are working in collaboration with La Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota to develop innovative cold-storage distribution solutions that could assist in delivering vaccines to the most remote areas of Colombia.
The challenges in achieving this are significant due to Colombia’s diverse landscapes (including rainforest, desert and mountains), significant climate variations (tropical to glacial) and in some cases, lack of access where communities can only be reached by boat, foot or plane. These coupled with the specific cold storage requirements of the various Coronavirus vaccines make for a substantial engineering challenge! As such, students have been set this as the task for their Proyecto Intermedio. Eight groups of eight students are participating.
The project spans 16 weeks broken down into 4×4 week sprints. Students have just presented final concepts for testing and refinement at the end of sprint 3 (week 12). These concepts along with significant prototypes developed during design process so far are displayed for each team in the infographics below.
The final designs will be presented to the PCA team in four weeks’ time where students will pitch their designs, validation results and evidence of the suitability design process followed.
The unit lead for Proyecto Intermedio @ Uniandes is Luis Ernesto Muñoz Camargo. For more information please contact the PCA team!