Civil engineering, construction and building

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Construction Live field trip – Day 1

All first year built environment students are away for a week of hands on construction activities at Construction Live, run by Bridgwater and Taunton College in Somerset. We left on Sunday morning from Brighton, arriving at around 3pm ready for an afternoon of management and leadership skills training at the outdoor activity centre.  In 4 groups…

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Building Surveying Field Course

The final year Building Surveying students have spent 3 days learning about listed building surveys with Dr Duncan Phillips of Listed Building Surveys They spent one day in the classroom learning about heritage and conservation  and then one day at a grade II* listed farmhouse in Kent carrying out a survey as if they had been appointed…

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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…

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Survey of watercourses

Today Elliot Batty and I visited Hassocks and the surrounding area with Peter King (OART) and Sandra Manning-Jones (Sussex Flow Initiative) on an initial survey of the watercourses. Elliot’s dissertation will be investigating how small upstream flow retardant interventions (using natural materials) may help to reduce peak flood levels in small communities such as Hassocks. Elliot…

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Surveying St Batholomews in Brighton

Final year students carried out a survey of St Bartholomew’s Church today in Brighton. In addition to traditional methods of surveying, a drone was used to capture data about the condition of the timbers high in the church roof.

Up for a challenge

The EWB Challenge provided a great opportunity to experience group work, but with a competitive edge to encourage more innovative, extravagant yet one-dimensional work. Using the resources of all disciplines and experiences there was no idea that couldn’t be achieved and was a perfect chance to unleash all creativity. Preparation for the work and finals…

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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…

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Constructionarium – Mid week update

The first three days of the Constructionarium course have flown by and the projects are really beginning to take shape.  Over the past two days there have been several more concrete pours, with the Ravenspurn Oil Rig team casting the walls of their rig, the Kingsgate bridge team casting their bridge deck and piers and…

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