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 real insight into the skill necessary to operate this type of machinery effectively.

A flood of interest from engineering students

First year civil engineering students took a close-up look at £31m defences being constructed to protect against floods and future sea level rises.

They were taken on a tour of the Adur Tidal Walls scheme which is being carried out by Team Van Oord on behalf of the Environment Agency, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council.

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Shoreham Adir Tidal Wall Scheme visit

A group of students visited the Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls Scheme as part of the Civil Engineering Practice module. We saw sections of the £31m flood defence scheme carried out by Mackley, working as part of Team Van Oord, to improve the flood defences at along the mouth of river Adur at Shoreham. The scheme addresses the current flood risk, and future risk as sea levels rise.

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St Bartholomew’s Church Condition Survey

Within the context of Building Pathology and Life Care, students conducted a thorough Condition Survey of the St Bartholomew’s Church, Brighton. This neo-gothic building was built in the 1870s and has been an integral part of the local community ever since. The building is one of the tallest churches in England. Students identified major defects and recommended remedial works in the form of a ‘5-year Life Care plan’ for the Church of England.

This project exemplifies the real-life challenges that construction professionals (particularly Building Surveyors, Architectural Technologists and Construction Project Managers) encounter in their day-to-day activities when working on historic buildings.

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Clay’s Lake Dam site visit

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

 

Collaborative engineering in action

A group of our Civil Engineering students visited the site of a flood prevention scheme in West Sussex to gain an insight into what collaborative engineering looks like.

The visit to Clay’s Lake was organised with Mackley and was designed to help students develop their understanding of how theory works in practice.

Civil Engineering student Lottie Ashcroft said “We learned about all aspects of the project, including sustainability, planning and design, whilst gaining an insight into the various job and responsibilities of civil engineers.”

Scott Sedon adds “The visit gave me a good insight of what collaborative engineering work looked like, and also allowed me to question the professionals which increased my depth of understanding of the engineering world.”

David Knapp, Mackley’s Business Development Manager, said: “This is the second group of students to visit Clay’s Lake and both parties have been a credit to the University of Brighton.

“Their collective appetite for learning and passion for civil engineering was very apparent, and it was a pleasure to spend time with them and explain the work we are carrying out.”

You can find out more about the visit here. Or contact Dr Maria Diakoumi (M.Diakoumi@brighton.ac.uk) for more information.

 

 

 

New students visit the British Airways i360

As part of welcome week, new students studying Built Environment and Civil Engineering courses were given the opportunity to visit one of Brighton’s newest attractions and feats of engineering – the British Airways i360 observation tower.

To start, students attended a talk by one of the projects engineers – Nigel Hosker from HOP Engineers. They learned about the history of the site and the process and challenges of building the i360 structure.  The tower is designed as a 162 m (531 ft) tall needle structure with an ascending and descending circular viewing platform with capacity for 200 people. It is Britain’s highest moving observation tower, with a viewing platform at 138 metres (453 feet), and views along the coast, across the South Downs and across the English Channel.

Following the talk, students made their way to the tower to take their flight, this was an amazing experience, especially as many of the students are new to Brighton. It gave them a real appreciation of the city and surrounding landscape and luckily the weather was perfect providing exceptional views.

Work experience opportunity – Hemsley Orrell Partnership

We are pleased to confirm that a number of work experience places have been secured with local companies, including consulting engineers, contractors and other agencies, as part of a scheme offered in collaboration with Hemsley Orrell Partnership (HOP).

This exciting new opportunity will offer the experience to work in different teams (from building structures and roads, to drainage and underwater engineering) and will start developing your practical skills and knowledge. Whilst this will not be a paid position, the experience will be invaluable!

Students on all our civil engineering MEng (integrated masters) courses can apply for the chance to benefit from this opportunity. For further information on how to apply please contact Dr. Andreas Lampropoulos, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering by email A.Lampropoulos@brighton.ac.uk.

HOP Consulting Engineers was founded in 1985 by two University of Brighton graduates and has since grown to be a successful Consulting Engineering practice, offering expertise in the fields of Building, Structural, Environmental and Civil Engineering. As the chair of our Industrial Advisory Board, HOP also advises on our course content and helps provide opportunities such as site visits to local projects including the British Airways i360 and Brighton Marina.

Recent HOP projects include the AMEX Community Stadium, the University Technical College at Newhaven and much of the New England Quarter around Brighton station. Current on-going projects include many Thameside developments in London and the expansion of the Port of Newhaven to service the new Rampion Offshore Windfarm.