Warman Design & Build Competition

The competition is generously sponsored by Weir Minerals.



In 1988, the Panel on Engineering Design initiated a national "design and build" competition, known today as The Warman Student Design and Build Competition. In the past it it was named The Weir Warman Student Design and Build Competition. The competition is open to students in mechanical engineering who are in their first or second year of study. The competition receives entries from the Asia Pacific region, with most from Australia and NZ. Heats are held as part of design engineering courses, typically in second year, at most universities. The campus winners then converge on the national final to determine who are the region's best budding designers.


National Organiser

Dr Warren Smith
[email protected]
Phone: 02 6268 8262


Current Competition details

2015 Competition - Project "EXTRACT" -  Extract, Transport and Relocate ACcumulated Treasure


The inhabitants of Gondwana, a small planet on the outer fringes of our Galaxy, are immensely wealthy and have accumulated vast reserves of intergalactic treasures. These treasures are typically stored in fenced areas with limited security. A recent review of security has identified the need for all treasure to be relocated to underground storage pits for safe keeping.



In the “ACME Pinnacle Laboratory”, the Gondwanan Security Agency (GSA) is currently examining the logistics of relocating the treasure. A concept for a new autonomous system to extract, transport and relocate the treasure is being investigated. The treasure is typically packaged in spherical containers and stored in fenced areas and must be urgently transported to new underground storage pits. The GSA is struggling with the development of a system to efficiently and reliably relocate the treasure in a timely manner.



The desire is to develop an autonomous ground based system that will extract, transport and relocate the packaged treasure. GSA staff are struggling to build a laboratory based concept to satisfy this task. Fortunately, teams of engineering students from Earth are about to visit Gondwana as part of their work experience programmes. On 27 previous visits engineering students have rendered invaluable assistance with such engineering problems, and the Gondwanans again seek help from these budding engineers.

The objective is to design, build and prove a prototype ground based system in a laboratory environment that serves to extract, transport and relocate a payload over a defined terrain.
Can you design the best system to Extract, Transport and Relocate Accumulated Treasure?
2015 RULES:

2015 Competition Rules


Past Winners & Competition Reports

2014 Competition

2013 Competition

2012 Competition

2011 Competition

2010 Competition

2009 Competition

2008  Competition

2007  Competition

2006  Competition

2005  Competition

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2003  Competition

2002  Competition

2001  Competition

2000  Competition

Pre 2000 Competition

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