Turning Theory Into Practice

All-Female Story Bridge Build

In June 2019, Constructionarium Australia, supported by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Major Contractors Association, BMD Constructions and Seymour Whyte, undertook an all-female build of Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge.

All-Female Story Bridge Build

To align with International Women In Engineering Day on 23 June, Constructionarium Australia embarked on our latest project, an all-female build of a Brisbane icon – The Story Bridge.
Comprising a three-day training programme and five-day build, participants had the opportunity to be part of a unique cohort and benefit from a dedicated learning and development experience with one outcome in mind; to create future female leaders within Queensland’s construction sector.

Over the five-day build, participants gained skills and experience that would have taken one or two years to learn in the course of normal projects. They will manage all aspects of an engineering project including project and issues management, safety, budgetary control and timely project delivery.

The training and construction programme was supported by Trimble, HDR, NAWIC, Coates Hire, WH&S More Skills and it took place at The Construction Training Centre. 

The Story Bridge

The Story Bridge is a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. At 74m high, and 777m long, the Story Bridge is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.

The bridge is part of Bradfield Highway and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. The Story Bridge opened in 1940 and is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.

The Barcelona Tower

The Constructionarium Australia pilot program was launched on 29 August 2016 and ran for five days at the USQ Springfield campus, with early-career engineers from BMD, Aurecon and TMR working together to construct a nine-metre tall replica of the Barcelona TV Tower.

The Story Bridge

In order to provide a hands-on learning experience for the next generation of engineers, Constructionarium has launched the second Queensland based, local icon replication project. This project aims to help develop practically minded engineers for the workforce through a collaborative and enjoyable education experience..

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Build Complete

Build Complete

The Bielby Holdings Story Bridge was opened today by Managing Director Adam Edwards following the completion of the successful delivery of the project by the latest Constructionarium Australia cohort of students and early-stage career professionals. After a busy...

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Getting On With The Heavy Lifting

Tuesday of week two is always an important day on site as it's the time where the cohort's construction methodology behind to be put to the test and the heavy lifting, quite literally, begins. With Friday's deadline approaching rapidly, ominous weather forecasts and a...

From Tenders, to Awards and A Lean Approach

From Tenders, to Awards and A Lean Approach

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It’s going to be a late night…

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It has been a hot couple of days at the Construction Training Centre in Salisbury as the CPM Story Bridge Build Cohort tackle the pointy end of the project, moving on-site to commence construction. Tackling some fierce temperatures would put many teams on the back...

Planning, culture, tradition and preparation.

Planning, culture, tradition and preparation.

Bright and early on Monday, the team arrived ready to take on build week and to tackle construction of their Story Bridge. Our morning session was all about pigs and plans as Jon Davies from Lean Construction Advisory took the team through the principles of lean...

The last two days have been all about preparing those monstrous tenders! Yesterday was jam-packed with workshops and presentations to help the cohort nail their presentations. Big thank you to Jackson from Movement4, Rod Bernhard from HDR, Luke Read from E7 and James...

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