SOURCE: Knovel


May 20, 2013 09:00 ET

Engineers Without Borders USA University of South Carolina Chapter Wins Knovel Grant

EWB-USA's USC Chapter to Use Knovel Resources for Irrigation Project in Ecuador

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - May 20, 2013) - Knovel, a leader in providing a Web-based application that integrates technical information with analytical and search tools, today announced the University of South Carolina (USC) chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA) has been awarded a $5,000 grant to support the implementation of a gravity fed pipeline and water conservation system to supply organic coffee farm projects in La Victoria, Ecuador. The chapter submitted an application as part of EWB-USA's Spring 2013 Project Grants Program. As an EWB-USA corporate partner, Knovel's support includes funding for EWB-USA projects and free member access to a subset of its engineering resources for one year.

Droughts and water shortages cause frequent coffee crop losses, and the local Association of Organic Coffee Producers of Las Lajas (ACOLL) has asked Engineers Without Borders USA to find a stable and sustainable water supply for their coffee farms. The community is interested in laying a pipeline from a nearby mountain stream to two reservoirs near coffee nurseries. The pipeline will increase crop output and improve the entire community's standard of living.

"Our members have made tremendous efforts to prepare our travel team, raise funds and outreach to our local community, and we are pleased to have Knovel's support which encourages students to continue to participate in international service while gaining engineering experience," said Andrea Eggleston, president of the EWB-USA USC chapter. "We look forward to using Knovel to expedite our design phase. Specifically, we hope to analyze our gravity fed pipeline plan using the numerous references available on Knovel to ensure that our project is effective, implemented on time and sustainable."

Knovel's grant allows the EWB-USA USC chapter to spend less time fundraising and gathering content resources, and more time making sure that its project design is well planned and executed. The EWB-USA USC chapter will have access to trusted engineering references through Knovel. This helps to improve decision-making time and reduce errors in finding the most effective and efficient pipeline design.

"Water is a vital resource that some take for granted, but in many communities around the world, easy access to a supply of clean water is a daily challenge," said Sasha Gurke, Engineering Technical Fellow, Knovel. "Engineers Without Borders USA takes on projects that help communities to meet basic needs, and the contributions of time, skills and expertise that members make to communities are life changing for all involved. We are pleased to support the EWB-USA USC chapter, and we are excited to track their process and successes along the way."

The EWB-USA USC chapter is currently finalizing the project design during its second assessment trip to the region. Implementation of the pipeline and water conservation system is scheduled to begin in December 2013.

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