Faculty: Science and Engineering
School: Engineering and the Built Environment
Course: BEng (Hons) Civil Engineering
Category: Engineering

28 June 2018

Students have the opportunity to experience a week-long construction experience. You'll gain real life, hands on experience of drawing interpretation, project management, concrete pouring, steel frame erection and formwork fabrication, you’ll take your theory from the classroom and put it straight into practice.

What is it?
It is a week-long residential field trip in Norfolk. We build a scaled-down version of an iconic structure. The field trip costs £250 in total including accommodation and food.

Who is it for?
Constructionarium is for all first year Civil Engineering and Construction Management students studying at ARU.

Why did I enjoy the experience?
I really enjoyed the experience because I got a taste of what it would be like working on a real site. Moreover, I gained new construction skills as we had the opportunity to  work with the reinforcement, surveying, concrete and carpentry teams. Training is provided by professionals in the field and before starting everyone is required to do a risk assessment and method statement which gives you an idea how things are processed before something is being constructed. On top of this, the food and accommodation is fantastic. 

Here are some photos of what our team constructed in 2016.

This is us at the start of the week:

A group of Civil Engineering and Construction Management students embark on a week-long field trip to Norfolk.


Our meeting point every morning:

Group of students on a building site in the early morning


Here you can see our reinforcement, carpentry and surveying team in action:

Three students working on a piece of carpentry


Group of students helping to build a wooden construction


Person carrying out surveying work


Well, we were always up for a photo during break time!

Group of engineering students


This was the mould the carpenters made combined with the reinforcement for the concrete to be poured in:

Wooden carpentry mould


Best moment ever, when you see all the parts being assembled and start to see the progress of the project:

Two people placing a concrete panel into the ground on a building site


Always remember "alone we can do so little; together we can do so much", Helen Keller



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