This CIOB Continuous Professional Development (CPD) event was organised by Briony Milton (Member Services and Events Coordinator – Dorking) on 24 October 2017 in the Cockcroft Building. Dr Terry Quarmby gave a fascinating presentation on the often misunderstood construction sector of demolition. The event was facilitated on behalf of the university by Dr Hannah Wood. The presentation was well-attended and enjoyed by industry practitioners, academics and students.
“CDM (Construction Design and Management) Regulations don’t just apply to the building of structures – they also apply to their demolition. So if you’re working on a project that involves demolition works, you not only need to understand the usual CDM requirements, but also those specific to demolition or dismantling.” – CIOB
Dr Terry Quarmby giving a presentation on CDM and demolition at the University of Brighton
Our first year civil engineering students enjoyed a site visit to Clay’s Lake Dam and Flood Detention Reservoir on Wednesday last week. The visit was organised in partnership with J T Mackley & Co Ltd, who are carrying out the flood prevention work at Clay’s Lake as part of Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency.
Here is a bird’s-eye view of the site
BSc (Hons) Project Management for Construction
“The year-out placement was a great decision! Taking on the role of Trainee Construction Manager with UC Build, I have improved my skills and already moved a step up in the construction industry. I have been a member of the UC Build Project Construction Management Team and really learned how to communicate with others regarding the job and increased my knowledge greatly. Working on different projects, including Waitrose in Haywards Heath and Capital Space Office Blocks in Kent, has been invaluable. I highly recommend every student not to miss the opportunity of a sandwich-year placement and to update their CV with such an unforgettable experience in life.”
BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
“Taking a year out on placement is the best decision I have ever made in my path towards becoming an engineer. Working with Transport for London (TFL), not only have I gained valuable experience and training, but have been able to make significant progress into my professional development, signing off a quarter of the attributes required to become a Chartered Engineer and producing evidence for attaining EngTech status at the end of my placement year. I’d say my main take away from this experience is to trust my ability to handle responsibility. When I first started I was nervous about having ownership of a project; now I have managed, or am currently managing, 7 projects with long term impacts and deliverables.”
Recent university graduate Elliot Batty was one of the joint winners of the university’s Environmental Award for his final year project.
Elliot, who studied for an MEng Civil with Environmental Engineering, along with Hannah Parker, who is based at the Hastings campus and studied a BSc Biology (as part of the university’s Joint Honours Programme), were joint winners of the 2017 Summer Award. Both students received a £200 cash prize, and a certificate which were presented at their respective graduation ceremonies in July.
Now in its third year, the Environmental Award aims to promote sustainability in the curriculum by recognising innovative and inspiring environmental projects that can be put into practice.
For his final year project Elliot ‘led an investigation into the design of large woody debris dams and their effect on channel flow’. This looked at how implementing different large woody debris dams could reduce flooding.
Elliot said: “I chose to study at Brighton as it offered a combination of civil with environmental engineering, so my focus at university has always had this emphasis. This award, therefore, has a particularly special meaning as I have poured four years of my life into creating a career in sustainable engineering.
I have always had particular interests in climate change which drove my final year project on large woody debris dams. The laboratory experiments took one month of constant making and testing of the dams, so to be recognised for this hard work is a great honour!”
Good luck to everyone receiving A-Level results tomorrow!
If your exams have gone differently from the way you expected, or you have had a change of heart about the course you want to do then Clearing can be a great way to start that journey.
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Building Surveying BSc(Hons) graduate Daisy Kyle talks to current students about studying construction at Brighton in her video:
As part of International Women in Engineering Day 2017, Dr Mary Geary, research fellow in our school, shares her experience of a career in STEMM research and the support she received from the University of Brighton on returning to STEMM research after a career break.
Find out more here.
Sunshine, blue skies, our brilliant ambassadors and friendly staff welcomed visitors to our campus open day on Saturday 17 June.
Open days are a great way to find out about the local area and campus where you will be studying. You’ll also be able to hear more about your chosen subject and talk to our staff and current students.
If you are thinking about beginning your studies in 2018 and missed this one, find out more about upcoming events on our website.