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2017 Problems


Problem A

Problem: Drone Clusters as Sky Light Displays

Intel® developed its Shooting StarTM drone and is using clusters of these drones for aerial light shows. In 2016, a cluster of 500 drones, controlled by a single laptop and one pilot, performed a beautifully choreographed light show

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNIAzeU8POQ).

our large city has an annual festival and is considering adding an outdoor aerial light show. The Mayor has asked your team to investigate the idea of using drones to create three possible sky displays.

Part I - For each display:

a) Determine the number of drones required and mathematically describe the initial location for each drone device that will result in the sky display (similar to a fireworks display) of a static image.

b) Determine the flight paths of each drone or set of drones that would animate your image and describe the animation. (Note that you do not have to actually write a program to animate the image, but you do need to mathematically describe the flight paths.)

Display 1: Ferris wheel
Display 2: Dragon
Display 3: Create your own image

Part II - Determine and discuss the requirements for your 3-display light show to include, but not limited to, the number of drones, required launch area, required air space, safety considerations, and duration of the aerial light show.

Part III - Write a two-page memo to the Mayor to report the results of your investigation and make a recommendation as to whether or not to do the aerial light show.

Your submission should consist of:

● One-page Summary Sheet,
● Two-page memo to the Mayor,
● Your solution of no more than 30 pages, for a maximum of 33 pages with your summary and memo.
● Note: Reference list and any appendices do not count toward the 33-page limit and should appear after your completed solution.


Problem B

Problem: Ski Slope

Winter is coming! In February 2018, PyeongChang, South Korea will host the Winter Olympics. And, in 2022, Beijing, China will be the host city. The Winter Olympics have over fifty ski related events in the disciplines of Alpine, Nordic, Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Freestyle. A group of wealthy winter sport fans are looking for a new mountain to develop into a ski resort that could perhaps host the Winter Olympics in the future. An agent, calling herself Ms. Mogul, represents them.

Wasatch Peaks Ranch in Peterson, Utah, USA is for sale! This almost 13,000 acre ranch has an estimated 5,500 acres of potential ski slopes with an 11 mile ridgeline, a 4750 foot drop among its 24 peaks, and 15 bowls. Ms. Mogul wants your team to identify potential ski slopes and trails on the property in order to develop it as one of the top ski resorts in North America and a potential future Winter Olympics location.

Part I - Given a brochure for Wasatch Peaks Ranch, a topographic map of this area, a partial list of North American ski resorts with comparison data, and other information available on the web, design the new Wasatch Peaks Ranch ski area to meet the following criteria:
- Main slopes of varying lengths
- Plenty of trails
- A total of at least 160 km of slopes (main slopes and trails)
- Distribution of slopes at approximately 20% rated beginner ( green circle), 40% rated intermediate ( blue square), and 40% rated difficult (♦ black diamond).

Part II - Rank your proposed ski area against existing ski areas/resorts in North American.

Part III - Write a two-page memo to Ms. Mogul reporting the results of your design and the ranking of your proposed ski area.

Your submission should consist of:

● One-page Summary Sheet,
● Two-page memo to Ms. Mogul,
● Your solution of no more than 30 pages, for a maximum of 33 pages with your summary and memo.
● Note: Reference list and any appendices do not count toward the 33-page limit and should appear after your completed solution.

NOTE:
Ski trail difficulty is measured by percent slope, not degree angle. A 100% slope is a 45-degree angle. In other words, when rise/run = 1, the slope is 100%. In general, beginner slopes ( green circle) are between 6% and 25%. Intermediate slopes ( blue square) are between 25% and 40%. Difficult slopes (♦ black diamond) are 40% and higher. However, this is just a general "rule of thumb." Although slope gradient is the primary consideration in assigning a trail difficulty rating, other factors come into play. A trail will be rated by its most difficult part, even if the rest of the trail is easy. Ski resorts often assign ratings to their own trails, rating a trail compared only with other trails at that resort. Also considered: width of the trail, sharpest turns, terrain roughness, and whether the resort regularly grooms the trail. Note that you may see differing symbols and colors in your research. Table 1 shows three examples of difficulty rating symbols.

Attachments:
Wasatch Peaks Ranch Brochure

Topographic Map of Wasatch Peaks Ranch

SkiSlopeComparison.xls

References:
http://www.skiresort.info/

https://www.mirrranchgroup.com/ranches/wasatch-peaks-ranch/

https://www.mirrranchgroup.com/ranches/wasatch-peaks-ranch/#prop-maps