Student Projects

How to Make a Yellow Warehouse Green

Client – Caterpillar Logistics

Cat Logistics designs and operates a significant number of spare parts warehouses worldwide.  Incorporating green building practices into the design phase can reduce the negative impact on the environment and also result in lower utility costs. The project team incorporated the practices of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and used its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System (LEED) as a guide for warehouse design.

The teams final design recommendations included guidelines for site selection, building construction, water and sewer usage,  lighting, heating, and air-conditioning, and site management.  If Caterpillar follows the team’s recommendations in designing a warehouse, the resultant building will be Platinum LEED-certifiable. This is the highest rating that is offered by USGBC. 

Machining Calculator for Turning and Outside Diameter Grinding

Client: Caterpillar Technical Center

The team developed a software application for a smart phone, which derives conversions for Turning and Outside Diameter (O.D.) grinding parameters. Having an application on a phone replaces the need to carry a laptop to the shop floor to verify machining parameters. This application is designed to increase efficiency by allowing the user to input calculation variables into a handheld device instead of a non-mobile computer. Equations from industrial standards are combined into a modular program.

This program is designed to contain a user-friendly interface and may be uploaded to a smart phone. The team’s design for the Android Machining Calculator contains the elements for good design. The Gestalt principles of proximity, closure, symmetry, good continuation, figure-ground segregation, and similarity were applied to create a user-friendly, intuitive design.