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Part 1: School 125 community plumbing challenge

This is Part 1 of a 4-Part blog series about the School 125 Community Plumbing Challenge.

Many schools around the world do not have adequate sanitation facilities for their students or teachers, leading to the spread of illness and environmental problems.  School 125 in Nashik, India was one of these schools.  Now, however, School 125 has state of the art, environmentally friendly plumbing facilities that are easily maintained and cost-effective, thanks to a team of WorldSkills students and Autodesk Student Experts.

WorldSkills Foundation and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) invited Autodesk Student Experts and 4 WorldSkills student teams, globally, to participate in the community plumbing design challenge in India. The primary team objectives were to upgrade and renovate the washing and toilet facilities at School 125 in Nashik, where the children needed a reliable water supply and proper facilities.

Students used a combination of 3D modeling software, such as Fusion 360 (for the mechanical design), A360 (for cloud collaboration), Revit (to make an architectural rendering of the school site and facilities), and Showcase (to complete their final renders) in the design process. The 4 student teams included a mix of men and women from Australia, the Basque Region, India and the United States. The challenge they were given included design requirements such as a new hand washing facility that had to fit within the existing hand wash room, a new drinking water facility, improved use of space within the hand washing room, and metered water usage to limit waste.

The winning solution implemented at School 125 combined the best design solutions from each of the four teams, and can now be replicated at other schools throughout India.

Read Part 2: Sustainable design and the School 125 Community Plumbing Challenge