2005-06 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

Engineering Loading Dock

Travis Haveman, Kelsey Van Bemmel, and Brent Ver Mulm

Following the construction of the Campus Center at Dordt College, the entrance to the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory was modified with the addition of a retaining wall. This proved to be a significant obstacle when transporting large items to and from the laboratory. Engineering students were asked to develop a portable loading dock that could be used when large loads and bulky equipment needed to be moved into the engineering facilities. The loading dock was designed to handle a 1-ton load safely and allow for set-up and storage by a single user. It was also designed not to negatively impact the aesthetic or functional integrity of the retaining wall or adjacent landscaping.

Group with their project. Design for the project. Testing the strength of the loading dock. The loading dock in its storage position.