The Importance Of Contextual Understanding For Engineering Practice

1532 WordsMay 11, 20167 Pages
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTEXTUAL UNDERSTANDING FOR ENGINEERING PRACTICE. A CASE STUDY FROM ZAMBIA Introduction Understanding the context in which an engineering project will take place is vitally important to the decisions that you make when designing this project. Many people believe that if a project will work in one country then it will also work in another country. This is not the case. There are many differences in countries that can cause a project to succeed in one country but fail in another. An example of this would be a project that requires lots of water may succeed in Australia but in a landlocked country like Zambia would most likely fail as they don 't have enough water. Lots of research must be completed to make sure an engineering project will succeed in another country. Factors such as geography, culture, economy, ect. should all influence what your design is in that location. If you don 't fully understand the place you are designing a project for the project has a very high chance of failure as not all impacts are the same from country to country and there is bound to be a problem that occurs if proper research isn 't undertaken. Contextual Understanding We have been tasked by Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) to tackle the waste problem in one of Zambia 's refugee camps, Mayukwayukwa. The refugees in Zambia do not have any form of waste management which can cause great environmental problems (Baillie &
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