John Runciman PhD PEng


Click on any of the images to read a press article on the project. 


This project took the form of a final year undergraduate design class project in 2007.  The basic project was to convert donated cube vans for use as mobile dental clinics in the poor areas of the Dominican Republic.  The project was completed as requested and in collaboration with the Smiles Foundation.  


The Smiles Foundation is a non-profit organization that brings dental care to the poor of the Dominican Republic.  I was asked to assist the organization to convert 2 cube vans that were donated by the Rotary Club of Willowdale. The class developed a complete design package for all aspects of the conversion including material specifications, local delivery or sourcing options, and negotiated sponsorship of the project by some of the vendors.  The physical conversion of the vans was completed in 2009, incorporating many of the design features developed by the class.. The vans are now in daily use in the Dominican Republic. 

Smiles Foundation—Mobile Dental Clinic

The two bare vans as donated to the Smiles Foundation by the Rotary Club of Willowdale, ON.

A complete 3-D model of the mobile dental van including  water service, waste, compressed air, interior furniture, dental equipment, fittings, AC and lighting.

One of the two completed dental vans now in use in the Dominican Republic. 

One of the original mobile dental units used by the Smiles Foundation