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7th International CONCEIVE DESIGN IMPLEMENT OPERATE Conference (CDIO2011)

Engineering reasoning and visualization as analysis tools for BOP design
Author:Marjan Eggermont <> (Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary)
Date: 2011-06-20     Track: Main     Session: 1

Base of the Pyramid (BOP) Design is a human-centered process that requires an in-depth look at causes and effects of poverty. Engineering reasoning (R. Niewoehner) and visualization tools were used to give 740 first year engineering students an opportunity to understand the complex issues in communities in developing countries. Based on their analysis, students developed design solutions for one of seven interconnected areas: Water, Health, Energy, Agriculture, Shelter, Transportation, and Education. The paper will discuss student observations, projects, and their subsequent increased empathetic view towards complex issues in this area of ‘design for the other 90%’.