New River Community College
  • Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle & UGV Designs

    Over the past six years, students have worked in conjunction with many individuals, companies and universities on industry-based projects. These areas have varied from concept designs of UAV, UCAV and UGVs to the reverse engineering of the U.S. Navy’s most classified weapon -- a Virginia Class Fast-Attack Nuclear Submarine.

    The unmanned concept designs have varied over the years and ranged from tactical UGV’s to reconnaissance drones, to flying wing bombers, strike fighters, vertical take-off and landing UAV’s to  this year’s fifth generation Unmanned Air Superiority Fighter (UASF) and  a modular tactical, reconnaissance and crowd control UGV.

    Both the UASF & UGV projects are true cross-curriculum projects that include three NRCC transfer engineering students on each team.  These teams are also working with professors and graduate students from two major universities, two professional concept artists and engineers and a computational fluid dynamics company in Michigan. 

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    • UCAV image Presentation
    • UCAV image UAV/UCAV Concept Designs
    • J85 image Propulsion
    • VA Class image Details
    • Plane image Current UASF Project
    • Plane image Short Video

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  • Virginia Class – Submarine

    Five advanced CAD design students along with their instructor, Jeff Levy, undertook the task of reverse engineering the most sophisticated weapon ever devised and implemented in the history of Naval war fare; the Virginia Class fast attack nuclear submarine with only information that was available in public domain as well as working with a couple former submarine officers that shared general information about the submarine from first-hand accounts.

    The submarine research center in Maine also played a key role in helping the students understand the workings of this complicated boat.

    “I reviewed the project and was impressed with your students’ ability to take information within the public domain and develop a believable graphical representation of a fast-attack submarine. Their work clearly demonstrates an understanding of spatial arrangement, functional realism and a high-level of competency utilizing the full capability of the design, too.” Chris Miner – VA Class Project Manager, USN

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    • 27 Details
    • 28 Slides
    • 29 Renders

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  • Computer Aided Design

    New River Community College is located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, just minutes from Virginia Tech, one of nation's top engineering and architectural universities.

    This CAD program takes students from an entry level CAD class their first semester, to highly-productive and highly-recruited graduates in two years with skill sets that companies like SAIC, SIS, Northrop Grumman, Huntington Ingalls Industries, MOOG, Federal Mogal, and VOLVO seek.

    Within the two different degree programs, students will become proficient in a number of the world's top design software programs: Auto CAD, Inventor, Revit, Creo (Pro-E), Showcase, 3ds Max, Maya Mudbox, Motion Builder, Adobe After Effects Premier, Photoshop, Sketchup and more.

    Students will also work with 3D scanning, reverse engineering, 3D printing and prototyping.

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    • 1 UCAV
    • 2 VA Class Submarine
    • 3 Mechanical Designs

    Architecture and Mechanical Design

    Two Different Degree Tracks:

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  • Mechanical Design

    Strong mechanical design skills and standards are the primary focus in the New River CAD program.  Coupled with the technical design skills is a strong emphasis in 3D modeling, animation and presentation.

    “At the end of the day every company and every firm has to market and sell the capabilities that it has to continue to win more projects. Our students come out of the CAD program with a diverse set of skills and can bring these to the table at very high level of proficiency,” states the CAD program head Jeff Levy.

    New River’s two-year CAD degree has more core classes “CAD” and “ARC” than many four- year schools in the country. They work with real world projects both individually and in team environments their second year.

    These projects are highlighted by two capstone projects in their fourth semester with team special projects such as reverse engineering a U.S. Navy nuclear submarine or designing the next generation (UCAV) unmanned combat air vehicle. In addition, there is a final individual project of their choosing that is guided by their advisor.

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    • 4 UCAV
    • 5 VA Class Submarine
    • 6 Mechanical Designs

    Modeling &
    Animation

  • Architecture

    Architecture and engineering firms throughout the region have come to depend on the talented and knowledgeable students who graduate from New River Community College’s architecture program. Though most specializations offer up to 15 credit hours, architecture students have an additional 12 hours of architectural training due to the unique structure and specialized offerings within the CAD program.

    They graduate with training and knowledge packed into four semesters of intense training.

    When these two-year architecture students graduate they are ready to go to work immediately and can make an impact on an A & E’s firm from day one.

    Students get training in residential, commercial, basic structural design and an introduction to BIM.

    Also, they gain 2D and 3D Skills in architectural drafting using: AutoCAD, ACAD Architecture, REVIT, Sketchup, Impression, Photoshop, 3Ds Max, Adobe Premier as well as other specialized software packages.

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    • 7 Team Island Project
      Carribean Realty Co.
    • 8 Individual Final Projects
    • 9 Course Related Project

    Architectural Design

  • Individual/Team Projects

    Throughout the two-year program, students have an opportunity to do numerous team and individual projects that simulate real-world scenarios.  Students are given project specifications to follow and are presented with a design challenge that they must complete within those specs.

    In the first semester, students in the CAD 120 class learn basics of drawing and technical/engineering sketching. They learn a number of different varying artistic styles and techniques including: hatching, stippling, cartooning, shading and drawing caricatures. Individual weekly drawings allow the student to concentrate on subject matter related to their specialization.

    Second and third semester projects focus the student toward class-specific material and provide a great teaching opportunity for the students from peer-to-peer.

    By the time students reach the fourth semester, they have been immersed in at least a dozen software programs and thousands of pages of standards and industry-related material. This is the “Show Me” semester where the student takes advantage of past and current knowledge to work in both a team project environment (CAD 242), an individual final semester project (CAD 203) and put together a first-class portfolio and resume, in addition to learning interviewing skills for their job search.

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    • 10 Individual
    • 11 Team
  • Special Projects

    Over the past six years, students have worked in conjunction with many individuals and companies on industry-based projects. These areas have varied from concept designs of UAV, UCAV and UGVs to the reverse engineering of the U.S. Navy’s most classified weapon in the world -- a Virginia Class Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine.

    In addition, students have spent the past ten months working on a new concept design for the U.S. Navy’s SSBNX program. (above graphic). The engineering department at the University of Iowa is working on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) testing of this 500 foot submarine model to analyze the flow characteristics of the design.

    Students are currently working on a two to three year project with the North Carolina Maritime Museum, reverse engineering the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR), Black Beard’s ship. The ship is currently being brought up from the ocean floor piece by piece off the coast of North Carolina and students at New River Community College are recreating every timber and detail of the ship in a 3D model for both historical records as well as creating an interactive 3D experience for the guests of the museum.

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    • 12 Special Projects
    • 13 UAV/UCAV
    • 14 SSBNX - U.S. Navy
    • 15 VA Class SUB

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  • Queen Anne’s Revenge

    While on vacation two years ago, CAD department head Jeff Levy and his family visited the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The featured exhibit was the reclamation and underwater archaeological excavation of the Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR)

    A private dive team from Intersal, Inc. discovered a number of artifacts/items on the seabed near the Beaufort Inlet and it was determined that this was the ship wreck of the pirate Black Beard and his flagship the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

    After Levy had many conversations with the museum’s curator, Paul Fontenoy, they decided that a digital reconstruction of this ship needed to be done. New River was selected to undertake this project due to the extensive background of the college’s CAD program in working with large 3D modeling, rendering and animation projects.

    This will be a two to three year project to completely reverse engineer all the drawings from the 1600s. It will entail creating 2D prints, 3D models of each individual piece of the ship, assemblies, animations and an interactive ship that will allow the museum’s patrons to navigate real time on a computer.

    Team Work

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    • 16 Original Drawings
    • 17 2D Prints
    • 18 Individual 3D Models
    • 19 Ship Assemblies

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  • SSBN-X Concept Design

    Three years ago, a team of advanced design students along with their instructor, Jeff Levy, decided that they would reverse engineer a Virginia Class Nuclear Fast Attack Submarine  by gathering as much public information that was available.

    Surprisingly between the Internet, general research, one-on-one accounts, working with the Submarine Research Facility in Maine and a couple of former submarine officers, the students were able to recreate a close facsimile of a Virginia Class submarine with a high degree of accuracy.

    The SSBN-X project is a project built upon the groundwork laid by the previous team. Examining the data that was gathered previously in addition to another six months of research and gathering data that pertained to the Ohio Class and other similar SSBN type submarines, the students were able to develop a concept design that may set the standard for concept designs and modeling at the post secondary level.

    Currently the University of Iowa is working on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) testing of this 500 foot submarine model to analyze the flow charicteristics of the design.

    Team Work

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    • 20 Submarine Data/Stats
    • 21 Renders
    • 22 Sections
    • 23 Blueprint Files

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