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University of Strathclyde students create a platform into construction

Date Posted 29.05.23

Civil engineering students from the University of Strathclyde completed a five-day training course organised by ConStructED Scotland. The event was supported by McLaughlin & Harvey, Deans and Curtins.

The course was designed to create a learning environment where students can put theory into practice through a hands on learning experience. Simulating a live construction project with time and financial constraints exerted upon the participants where they are taken out of their comfort zone within a safe learning environment.

During the pre-planning stage, the group finalised their vision for the project and carefully considered aspects of project management including health and safety.

Over the five days, the students were tasked with delivering a Kiloh Teardrop Viewing Platform. They gained first-hand experience in excavating and levelling out foundations and fixing and installing a steel superstructure. They also worked closely with other resources such as concrete, cladding and support cables.

The students have gained a deeper understanding of the many day-to-day challenges on a construction site. They learned to adapt and created practical solutions, delivering their project on time and budget.

ConStructED Scotland delivers experiential learning to over 200 students and 10 universities and colleges annually.

ConStructED values the collaborations that we have with construction companies and consulting engineers, to work with the engineers of the future who are studying Civil Engineering and Built Environment undergraduate courses at their universities. We were delighted to have McLaughlin & Harvey return again this year as one of our supporting partners, pairing up with University of Strathclyde, to construct The Teardrop Viewing Platform over five days on-site. The knowledge and experience that Jim Harkness and his team have has enriched the overall learning experience of the participating students and ensured that by giving a context to the students studies.

Dale Lyon

Director of ConStructED

It was a privilege to be able to visit the campus and see the project. The students completed their projects safely, on time and budget, with a good level of quality maintained throughout the final structure – all crucial skills that we look for when recruiting talent into our business.

Paul Griffen

Managing Director at McLaughlin & Harvey
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