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My Projects

My personal interests have always psuhed me to discover and try new things. Even before I became a civil engineer, I've been interested in all aspects of architecture and design. This is a place for you to explore my projects in more depth. 

- Dylan Manary


Real Life Projects


Queen's Engineering Design Projects

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My Buisness Site


Real Life Projects

Plan for the new addition that I designed. The new structure maintains a similar style and blends seamlessly into the existing structure

My Family's Cottage Expansion

On this project, I worked alongside my dad on framing and much of the initial construction.  However, my interest peaked even before the construction began as I was tasked with designing the new section and incorporating it into the original building's design. This project was a great real-life visualization to see all the stages from conception and design to the final construction.


Queen's Projects

Rope Suspension Bridge

For my civil design and engineering practice course, my team was tasked to design a suspension bridge made only out of rope. From the performance specifications the bridge would have to meet, we came up with 3 unique designs and chose 1 by way of an evaluation matrix. We then constructed a  scale model based on the selected design to put through a load test. Our design surpassed our goal and failed after almost 50 kgs. We then determined the best ways to improve our design based on the weak points of the scale model and presented it in a final report.


Cardboard Canoe Race

As a team-building exercise and introduction to civil engineering, I was tasked with building a canoe made solely out of cardboard and other recycled materials. This challenged both my leadership and teamwork skills, along with the task at hand of building a boat from cardboard. After designing and constructing our boat, we raced them against other groups on a small river and successfully finished without sinking!


Queen's Concrete Toboggan Team

One of the best parts about civil engineering at queen's is the design teams. I joined concrete toboggan partially because some of my friends joined, but also because I was very intrigued by what it could entail. The team consists of weekly meetings for testing and pouring concrete to be used as skis for the toboggan which is then raced down a ski hill against other schools.


For my civil design and engineering practice course, my team was tasked to design a hospital for the remote arctic community of Rankin Inlet, NU. The catch however was that the hospital had to be GHG net zero. This challenged my team and me to research and design an energy system that was both zero emissions and reliable to withstand cold temperatures. All aspects were considered, including the proper representation of rights holders within the indigenous community. The final model incorporates multiple energy technologies and exceeds the emission target.

Net Zero Emissions Hospital

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The final model uses the existing medical centre and expands upon it. This also included updating the current centre with new equipment along with the new hybrid energy system as can be seen below. This system incorporates 2 renewable sources along with a backup diesel generator for when the weather inhibits the wind or solar systems. In addition, a battery ensures that power can be stored when not required or in case of an emergency surge in power use.

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During the second semester of my engineering practice course, my team was given the opportunity to analyze and study a historic building in Almonte, ON operating as a textile museum. The museum required repairs to the existing beams and columns, along with reinforcement for a new exhibit on the upper floor. My team studied blueprints, researched, and toured the facility, before presenting a final design solution to the client.

Textile Museum
Structural Repairs


My graphics course introduced us to SolidWorks, which was very useful for testing and determing the location of the loads on our new columns and beams. A model of the test can be seen below:

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