The Formula Blog
Mail update February 2020
What I noticed in 2019 was that every period there is a new project manager which caused a continuous delay in the transfer of information due to the vision deviating from the predecessor. To break this pattern, the formula cruisers need a project manager to stay the full year, which is what I am pioneering. I am doing this with the intention that there will be a number of students sitting full-time for a year to realize the vision of the formula cruisers.
Behind the scenes I have talked a lot with Nellie van der Griend (faculty director) and Leonard Geluk (board of directors) to make it possible for students to be a part of the project as conveniently as possible for them, allowing them to do this as a part of their curriculum (internship, minor, or thesis).
I feel that this project deserves more attention from The Hague University of Applied Sciences, considering that TU Delft uses their dream teams as Marketing for their own faculties. Together with the marketing team of The Hague University of Applied Sciences, we are trying to attract the attention of minor, internship and program coordinators to demonstrate our abilities, similarly to how we have already been showing students at our multiple events each quarter.
Keep an eye on us, because history is being written in 2020.
– Giorsio Raboen
There are a number of major obstacles within the engineering team; documentation of the HU-2 (the previous car), a lack of students, and minimal support from teachers. Just as Electrical Engineering, now Mechanical Engineering students are no longer advised to join the project as an internship. In short, this project needs more support from The Hague University of Applied Sciences.
In an ideal situation we would like to implement a system into the curriculum of several technical studies that will allow for students to follow the project for the entire year without delaying study progress.
We are now developing a space frame. It is important that we take into account every other department. The communication you have with other departments is fun and you learn the most important aspects of all components. We must ensure that the other departments can connect their components in or on our frame in order to eventually be able to build a moving car.
The chassis section also includes a number of other parts of the car. For example, we are the ones who must design the cockpit. That, of course, means that we determine the positioning of the seat, belts, and the handlebars. And we must also focus on a beautiful and aerodynamic bodywork.
All in all, team chassis is a very challenging and varied team, and it is a great experience to be part of this.
What the operations team has achieved in the last quarter has taken the rest of the team by surprise. We did recruitment pitches across multiple faculties and did 4 simulator events in different locations, some of which we hadn’t been to before.
Starting in our own faculty in Delft, we continued on to the Main Campus the day after and proceeded to the sister faculty in Zoetermeer the day after. On the final day we visited another university, Inholland in Delft. The sim events have been deemed successful as we drastically increased awareness about the project. The winners were invited to compete in a kart race at the end of the week.
Our marketing officer has boosted our social media platforms keeping contact with the followers and keeping the sponsors updated. We also had a lot of team-building events to keep a good ambience between the co-workers. This included activities such as ice skating, karting, and dinners.
Our human resources automated the updating of the absence stats, which gives a clear overview of the punctuality of team members and pushes everyone to be on time. With this data we can build a better planning for the future.
– Idan Warth