Civil engineering, construction and building

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Student site visit at Clays Lake

A visit to the site of Clay’s Lake flood prevention scheme in West Sussex provided a group of civil engineering students with a valuable glimpse of ‘what collaborative engineering work looks like’. Around 45 students visited the Clay’s Lake site where flood prevention works are being carried out by Mackley working as part of Team…

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Real-world learning on Willingdon School project site visit

As part of their Construction Project Management module coursework, BSc Construction Management, Project Management for Construction and Civil Engineering with Construction Management second year students visited the Willingdon School project which is the basis of their coursework this year. 

Riverine based Student Projects – Knepp Castle

On November the 5th this year, instead of preparing for bonfire celebrations three Civil Engineering students undertook their first visit to the Knepp Castle Estate, where their final year dissertation projects are going to be based.

A field trip to the seaside

Final year students from across our Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Civil Engineering, and Chemistry courses took a trip to the beach this week to collect grab samples of bathing water from seven sites between Brighton Palace Pier and Brighton Marina. The trip was part of a water and health module and was to look at…

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Construction Live – Plant training

As part of the level 4 Built Environment field course to Construction Live, students were given the opportunity to drive and operate various types of plant on site, including dumper trucks, 360 excavators and telehandler forklifts.  This was all carried out under the supervision of qualified instructors in safe conditions but gave the students a…

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Construction Live 2018

First Year Built Environment Students are at Bridgewater and Taunton College for the Construction Live Programme. They have taken part in bricklaying, carpentry, drainage, water supply works and steel fixing. The students had the opportunity to drive plant, to fix a beam and block floor and to build brick walls with lime mortars. This challenging…

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Construction Live field trip – Day 5

The final full day of building was a busy one for all of the teams.  The drainage and water utilities groups were able to finish laying and joining all their pipework, with the drainage team also installing a toilet ready to be connected to both the water supply and waste water drainage tomorrow. Due to…

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Construction Live – Day 4

Day 4 saw students arriving to a very wet and muddy site which added extra challenges to the construction activities. Before work could continue, the flooded trenches dug by the drainage and water utilities teams had to be pumped out due to heavy rainfall over night.  Once this was completed these teams were able to…

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Construction Live field trip – Day 3

Day three saw the most construction activity so far, the bricklaying team learnt the skills they will be using to construct the brick and block walls, from mixing mortar to laying bricks straight, level and plumb, building practice walls to test their skills.  They also spent time on the site to identify the challenges they…

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Construction Live field trip – Day 2

The second day started with an early visit to the site we are working on for the rest of the week, students are tasked with building a washroom and toilet block facility for a fictitious campsite using a number of different methods, the teams are split into the block and beam floor and wall team,…

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