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:
Our meeting point every morning:
Here you can see our reinforcement, carpentry and surveying team in action:
Well, we were always up for a photo during break time!
This was the mould the carpenters made combined with the reinforcement for the concrete to be poured in:
Best moment ever, when you see all the parts being assembled and start to see the progress of the project:
Always remember "alone we can do so little; together we can do so much", Helen Keller