The cruise ship Costa Concordia hit a rocky outcropping off the coast of Italy and partially sank.
Securing wreck site and protecting environment is an ongoing problem. The ship must be moved before it does any more damage to the fragile coast or breaks up and can not be removed by sea. details
The video describes the current situation and the plans to re-float the Costa Concordia. Once upright, and stabilized with vast floatation chambers, the ship will be towed to a shipyard where it will be taken apart for scrap.
You are on the engineering team that will plan and oversee the work. Your job is to ensure that important elements of the operation are not overlooked. The information in the video and images as well as web resources are available.
QFocus : Right and re-float the cruise ship Costa Concordia
- QFT question-storming – open, closed, prioritize, 3 that best address need for a new design
- select one question to work through the Engineering Design process steps
ASK – identify the problem
- The ship can’t stay where it is.
- It may break apart in a big storm.
- There is fragile coast line around its location.
- The ocean is really deep just a few miles away.
IMAGINE – brainstorm, explore similar solutions, possible improvements, materials, methods, new ideas
- what has to happen, how would you do this
PLAN – design, work out what it takes to build, any special tools, prototype, scale model, mathematical model, CAD
- what are some of the challenges, what would you need to know more about
CREATE – build it, try it out – test it, use it
- how would you do this
IMPROVE – make it better, additional features
- a simpler solution
- a more complex solution
- vocabulary, concepts – leavers, buoyancy, metallurgy,
- Salvaging the Costa Concordia – 60 Minutes crew visit the wreck and interview the team preparing the ship for righting and re-floating to be towed to salvage
- Concordia wreck removal project informative website
- Costa Concordia disaster
- Titan Salvage – marine wreck removal