Engineers Without Borders USA University of South Carolina Chapter Wins Knovel Grant

Engineers Without Borders USA University of South Carolina Chapter Wins Knovel 
EWB-USA's USC Chapter to Use Knovel Resources for Irrigation Project
in Ecuador 
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 05/20/13 --  Knovel, a leader in
providing a Web-based application that integrates technical
information with analytical and search tools, today announced the
University of South Carolina (USC) chapter of Engineers Without
Borders (EWB-USA) has been awarded a $5,000 grant to support the
implementation of a gravity fed pipeline and water conservation
system to supply organic coffee farm projects in La Victoria,
Ecuador. The chapter submitted an application as part of EWB-USA's
Spring 2013 Project Grants Program. As an EWB-USA corporate partner,
Knovel's support includes funding for EWB-USA projects and free
member access to a subset of its engineering resources for one year.  
Droughts and water shortages cause frequent coffee crop losses, and
the local Association of Organic Coffee Producers of Las Lajas
(ACOLL) has asked Engineers Without Borders USA to find a stable and
sustainable water supply for their coffee farms. The community is
interested in laying a pipeline from a nearby mountain stream to two
reservoirs near coffee nurseries. The pipeline will increase crop
output and improve the entire community's standard of living. 
"Our members have made tremendous efforts to prepare our travel team,
raise funds and outreach to our local community, and we are pleased
to have Knovel's support which encourages students to continue to
participate in international service while gaining engineering
experience," said Andrea Eggleston, president of the EWB-USA USC
chapter. "We look forward to using Knovel to expedite our design
phase. Specifically, we hope to analyze our gravity fed pipeline plan
using the numerous references available on Knovel to ensure that our
project is effective, implemented on time and sustainable." 
Knovel's grant allows the EWB-USA USC chapter to spend less time
fundraising and gathering content resources, and more time making
sure that its project design is well planned and executed. The
EWB-USA USC chapter will have access to trusted engineering
references through Knovel. This helps to improve decision-making time
and reduce errors in finding the most effective and efficient
pipeline design.  
"Water is a vital resource that some take for granted, but in many
communities around the world, easy access to a supply of clean water
is a daily challenge," said Sasha Gurke, Engineering Technical
Fellow, Knovel. "Engineers Without Borders USA takes on projects that
help communities to meet basic needs, and the contributions of time,
skills and expertise that members make to communities are life
changing for all involved. We are pleased to support the EWB-USA USC
chapter, and we are excited to track their process and successes
along the way."  
The EWB-USA USC chapter is currently finalizing the project design
during its second assessment trip to the region. Implementation of
the pipeline and water conservation system is scheduled to begin in
December 2013.  
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