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Tottori University Team Scored Well at Asia Steel Bridge Competition 2018

Tottori University Team

 At the Asia Steel Bridge Competition 2018 (ASBC), held at the Srinakharinwirot University in Bangkok, Thailand, on 29 and 30 May 2018, students of the Tottori University made their first entry.

 ASBC is a competition by students in designing, manufacturing and constructing bridges where they are expected to experience the true delight of making things and acquire various skills and knowledge of design and manufacture, thereby developing knowhow in building human relations and solving problems as well. It has a counterpart competition held in Japan. In ASBC’s eleventh competition this time, 15 university teams participated from 6 countries in Asia. Tottori University sent a team of 5; 3 undergraduate students representing the Department of Social Systems and Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, and 2 postgraduates representing the Department of Engineering, Graduate School of Sustainability Science. The team has tackled since February of this year structural calculations, determination of bridge configuration, detailed designs, and technical drawing. Later they actually engaged in processing and manufacturing bridge components and performing mock bridge installation at the plant on the campus working together as a united team for the competition.

 As a result of the competition, they were awarded the 2nd prize in the aesthetic section that judges the balancing and proportion of the bridge and the 4th prize in the presentation in English section, faring well against representatives from other Asian countries. While missing the overall victory, Mr. Shuhei Nishimoto, captain of the participating team, remarked that “After having won the overall championship in the Japan competition last year, we participated in this Asian competition to prove our skills. But we found a high wall of the world. Students overseas had much stronger contestant guts with hungry spirits toward the competition than we had. With that in mind, we will beef up our skills and efforts more than ever for the next competition”.


Brewing of 70th Anniversary Sake in Project for Producing Brewers’ Rice

Non-herbicide cultivation of paddy by mulching recycled paper

 The Tottori University, established in 1949, celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2019. At the University, a number of projects have been planned to commemorate the 70th anniversary, one of which is a student participatory “Program to support campus activism” designed to launch a project for brewers’ rice production to brew the commemorative Sake, thereby providing students with practical training experiences.

 On 28 May 2018, under supervision of the faculty members and technical staffs of the Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture, 17 junior students of the Faculty of Agriculture learned how to operate rice transplanters during their hands-on training of biological production class provided in cooperation with Mitsubishi Mahindra Agricultural Machinery Company Limited.

 The rice transplanters used this time allow planting rice seedlings to cultivate rice without using agrichemicals and chemical fertilizers in the agricultural method that inhibits growth of weeds by covering rice field surfaces with recycled paper in the “Non-herbicide cultivation of paddy by mulching recycled paper” developed technologically by the University. Also, the brewers’ rice thus cultivated use the GOHRIKI brand of rice specifically nurtured and succeeded by the University with care, for which the Tottori University joins all its achievements in supporting this project.

 Prof. Takeshi Yamaguchi of the Field Science Center, Faculty of Agriculture, has remarked that “it is significant that we conduct the project with the local brewers’ rice and technology that the University has nurtured and succeeded. Students who bear the future of agriculture are expected to acquire through their training process the techniques and knacks for cultivating brewers’ rice and adapting farming methods.” The students who learned how to operate rice transplanters commented on their experiences in labor-saving farming and mechanization that “At first, I was tense and nervous a little. It was quite moving to see how fast the rice transplanter could overlay the recycled paper and plant the seedlings at the same time, without requiring any manual labor.”

 In the future, the brewers’ rice cultivated is scheduled for harvesting in the autumn, and Sake brewing will be experienced in the Sake brewing project affiliated with breweries.

Students learned how to operate rice transplanters