Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Hectic Design Project

It has been a while since my last posting. What happened in last couple of months was the freakin' Design Project! Yes, it is the project that I must complete in order to get the Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree. The topic was about Offshore LNG Production. I have to write 12 chapters plus the essential drawings (PFD, P&ID, and General Arrangement Drawing). It was really hectic. Imagine this, 120 pages of report + appendices and drawings, three interviews, and four other subjects all packed in 13 weeks! That was the first time I stayed in uni until 1 o'clock in the morning. Don't even ask me what it was like in the 13th week. Computer lab is my new home. Or, should I say "our" new home. The up-side of doing this project is that it brings all chemical engineering students close to each other. Usually the Aussies and international students rarely, or never talk to each other. The project was done in a group of 5 and we were pushed to stay in uni everyday from 9 am to 12 am. From stranger to classmate, and classmate to friends.

I remember in the first week we were all so cranky. We thought 20 hours per week of design project is crazy and we will not be able to finish it in time. Who would have thought that everything is possible? Yes, we made it in time. Friday, October 19, everyone rushed to print off their report. Get them bind and stick the A3 drawings to the appendices. We forgot lunch. We run here and there. We helped each other. It was hectic. It was fun. After that, I saw smiling faces saying "WE DID IT!". It really like we graduated.

After that was party time. We went to dinner and then club. All the hard work; all the energy drink that we drank twice a day; all the group tension; in the end it was worth it. What left now are the final presentation, group photos, and best wishes for the future. Chem-eng-ers, I'm proud of you J

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