Getting a feel for the real

Second year construction management students at the UNSW School of Civil & Environmental Engineering accompanied lecturer Dr Ali Amin on a fascinating tour of the new UNSW Bioscience project, led by industry partners Brookfield MultiplexSecond year construction management students at the UNSW School of Civil & Environmental Engineering accompanied lecturer Dr Ali Amin on a fascinating tour of the new UNSW Bioscience project, led by industry partners Brookfield Multiplex

This new 16,900m² building will house UNSW’s biological and environmental sciences. The space is designed to be flexible, supporting current research and teaching needs as well as providing infrastructure to support future technological advances.

As Dr Amin says, “These site tours give our students unparalleled insights into the workings of large projects run by some of the largest building contractors in Australia.”

Brookfield Multiplex site engineer Ryan Matthews, along with Geoffrey Leeson, Senior Project Manager at UNSW Facilities, inducted the students, and gave a presentation on work to date. Ryan gave a thorough explanation of BM’s construction activities currently taking place and what our graduates could expect to take on early in their careers.

This was followed by a 30 minute walk through the entire site. Key features of the building include: large loading dock, stores, workshop and utilities; biomedical teaching facilities; flexible research laboratory spaces; specialised research equipment, and staff and student accommodation.

As one student commented after the visit, ‘I gained heaps of insight.  A lot of processes and components discussed in class was actually observed, which makes it much easier to comprehend and understand.‘

The students are enrolled in CVEN2101, an introductory course on construction systems and processes, General Systems Theory, and engineering problem solving.

A huge thank you to Ryan Matthews from BM and Geoffrey Leeson from FM for their efforts and coordination.

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