This page is an on-going collection of ideas and examples of Transition Engineering projects.
Transition Engineering Workshop: Brainstorm Ideas Beyond Targets
There is no question that global warming is a critical issue for all engineers, but in particular for any engineer that designs systems that rely on fossil fuels, or that produce fossil fuels. In 2015 ahead of the COP21 meeting in Paris, a series of workshops were held in different countries. The workshops used the Transition Engineering approach, and pushed participants to innovative brainstorming to develop project briefs for transitions that eliminated fossil fuels in specific systems in specific places, within a specific time frame. A full description of the projects developed by engineering students are available on the Global Warming page.
Measure of Merit for Transition Engineering
Energy use arising from oil, coal, or natural gas will be audited and monitoring systems established. Analysis of any and all technical measures and adaptations in operation or behaviour will be carried out. An action plan and change management project will be developed to accomplish two outcomes:
- 10% reduction of fossil fuel consumption in the audited operations within 12 months.
- 80% reduction of fossil fuel consumption in the general performance of the operations and infrastructure by 2040.
Meta-Analysis of world oil production as probability of availability
Personal Transportation in Dunedin, New Zealand
This exemplar project was carried out over 6 months in 2010 and represents the first major public application of TE methods. The personal transportation activity system in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand was the main subject of the study. The Dunedin City Council (DCC) commissioned a report to assess the "Peak Oil Vulnerability" of the city. The vulnerability was assessed, but then the strategic analysis method was used to develop concepts for development opportunities. Each opportunity meets the measure of merit of oil use reduction, but also provides for increased economic activities, improved safety, new jobs, better quality of life and enhanced community amenity. The DCC received the report and has started work on the recommendations. The report can be downloaded (HERE).
The Urban Habitat
Humanity has recently reached a milestone of more than 50% of people are now living in cities. Of course cities were attracting people for thousands of years before the advent of public transport and the personal automobile. However, since the 1950's the urban form has been over run with petroleum driven personal automobiles. A tremendous investment has been made in transforming and building cities so that people could drive anywhere any time at the fastest speed possible. By any measure, the dominance of vehicle mobility over other values has come at increased costs in health, social cohesion, injury, infrastructure and pollution. We know just from basic logic, that over the next century, the use of oil will decline. By the turn of the next century, the personal vehicle age will have run its course. What is a good investment now? Engineering was used to construct the current cities. What tools do engineers need to participate in re-developing cities to deal with the wind-down of the oil age and the increasing instability of climate change? There are many projects from AEMSLab researchers that are transition tools for urban regeneration and redevelopment.