Transurban Queensland graduate engineers have joined fellow up and coming engineers to build a replica of Brisbane’s Story Bridge as part of a Constructionarium event in early October.

Constructionarium is a not for profit organisation which provides hands-on construction experience for early-career engineers.

The event provided undergraduate and graduate engineers with the opportunity to get valuable hands on experience building a scaled 1:20, 24m replica of the iconic bridge.

Transurban Queensland Group General Manager Wes Ballantine said Transurban Queensland was proud to sponsor the event as part of its commitment to support future transport leaders.

“We are committed to investing in our future transport leaders and this initiative is a great opportunity for some of our up-and-coming engineers to gain hands-on experience delivering a successful project,” Mr Ballantine said.

“The confidence they will gain from this valuable initiative will no doubt help to prepare them for the challenges they will face as they progress in their careers.”

Over eight days the team had to plan, develop and present a tender to the client, develop and track cost and quality, procure and undertake earthworks and landscaping, construct the bridge, and give a hand-over presentation to industry stakeholders.  

Transurban Queensland Graduate Engineer Emma-Lee Wood was the Project Manager and said the experience was a great opportunity to learn more about teamwork, leadership, delegation and establishing and maintaining a strong team culture.

“It was a fantastic experience and I was grateful to be given the opportunity to be challenged and work with my fellow graduates in the construction industry,” Ms Wood said.

“During the program I realised how much Transurban’s Graduate Development Program had equipped me for the role. From my experience working in Transurban Queensland’s Business Development and Project Delivery teams, and in the construction team on the Gateway Upgrade North Project, I was able to answer questions about the tender process, as well as construction, safety and quality issues.”

Transurban Queensland Graduate Engineer Emmaline Clark also participated in the challenge and said she would highly recommend the experience to other early engineering professionals and undergraduates.

“Working in a team of 18 people from five different companies representing varying industry sectors was a great opportunity to develop collaborative skills,” Ms Clark said.

“Having such a diverse range of people brought great knowledge to the team, which contributed to the overall successful completion of the build.”

The 5 tonne Constructionarium version was built at the Construction Training Centre site at Salisbury.

See a timelapse video of the construction.

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