Kier project visits

Students on our construction and building courses have been enjoying fortnightly visits to the Kier Project, part of the University’s Big Build ambitious project on the Moulsecoomb campus, watching the progress of the multi-storey car park from the beginning.

It is particularly interesting to note Kier’s attitude to sustainability by viewing their water butt, recycling and composting facilities and even a bird feeding station placed adjacent to the site compound!

 

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’.

Taking place on Monday 29th October 2018, around 45 students visited the Clay’s Lake site where flood prevention works are being carried out by Mackley working as part of Team Van Oord and on behalf of the Environment Agency.

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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 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.