SNC-Lavalin Plant Design Competition

Sunday, October 4, 2015
CTCC, Macleod Hall D

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Sponsored by SNC-Lavalin

The Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering offers the SNC-Lavalin Undergraduate Plant Design Competition for students enrolled in undergraduate chemical engineering programs at Canadian Universities.

The three finalist teams competing in Calgary:

  • Lakehead University

  • McGill University

  • Ryerson University


Individuals and groups of undergraduate students registered in chemical engineering programs in Canadian universities during the academic year. As most design projects are carried out in the final year courses, recent graduates are also eligible to apply. To minimize the number of projects to be judged, each chemical engineering department may only submit one entry.
Maximum size of team: 5 students


May 15, 2015


Individual Prizes: Each team member of the first place team will receive a certificate as well as a one year CSChE undergraduate membership. (For those who are recent graduates, the prize will provide an undergraduate member discount towards your upgraded membership). Second and third place team members will receive certificates.
Team Prize: The top team will receive a cash award of $1,000.
Travel assistance: Each of the 3 finalist teams may claim up to $350 in travel costs/team to assist with travel to the CSChE Conference. To claim the reimbursement, the team should forward $350 in receipts to the Awards Manager following the conference.


All entries will be evaluated in 2 stages by a panel of 3 judges drawn from industry, government and academia. The best 3 entries will be chosen in preliminary judging and these teams will be invited to present their projects during a PowerPoint presentation to be held at the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference where the judges will make their final decision.

Design Topic

Please provide your project in electronic format to the CSChE Awards Manager. Entries for the competition should contain the following:

  • a list of students who performed the work, with their permanent addresses and e-mail addresses
  • a short summary, including a simplified flow sheet of the process
  • a copy of the final report submitted to the university at the end of the project
  • the name of the collaborating organization and the engineers who assisted the students and
  • the submitting Professor/Department must provide a 1-2 page(s) “List of Arguments” stating the reasons the project
    • is above level of expectations in terms of quality and/or complexity
    • contain elements of creativity or novelty and
    • required knowledge and/or work exceeding the expected level of undergraduate chemical engineering students.
  • Statements should be precisely formulated as “bullets”; generalities should be avoided.
  • The ratio between process information/data given to the students by Professors and Industrial advisors versus the data and information the students had to find themselves is different for each submission. Therefore to assist in fairly judging the competition, each submitting Professor/Department must provide a summary statement of the initial information provided to the students as well as information regarding the subject plant such as:
    • Is it an improvement/expansion of an existing plant?
    • Is it a new plant and similar or identical plant exists?
    • Is it a new plant and similar or identical plants do not exist?


Entries should be accompanied by a letter from the head of the department of chemical engineering, indicating that the information is not confidential.

Submit designs to:

Questions? Contact the Awards Manager at 613-232-6252 ext. 223 or