Turning Theory Into Practice

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 Barcelona Tower

The tower stands at nine metres tall, with a five-metre footprint.

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.

Based on the United Kingdom’s Constructionarium which was established over 10 years ago, the program was designed to provide an opportunity for construction, resources and engineering firms’ engineers and trainees, as well as university students to participate.

Through the Constructionarium Australia program, engineering students and graduates can apply the knowledge they have gained at university in a safe, practical and relevant environment.

The nineteen students from BMD Constructions, Aurecon and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads participated in the pilot project at the University of Southern Queensland, which involved building a scaled-down replica of the Barcelona TV Tower.

Torre de Collserola

Designed by architect Sir Norman Foster and Spanish civil engineers Julio Martínez Calzón and Manuel Julià Vilardell. Torre de Collserola was built in 1991 by the Cubiertas y MZOV S.A. in time for the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Mainly used as a TV and radio transmitter, the tower features a pod for floor space and internal use, and uniquely uses guy wires for lateral support like a mast.

The highest point over Barcelona, the top antenna of Torre de Collserola reaches 288.4 m (946 ft) and the top of the pod, which has thirteen floors, reaches 152 m (499 ft).

The Story Bridge

The second challenge by Constructionarium Australia, the scaled-down replica of the Story Bridge was built by eighteen students and recent graduates under the guidance of several industry veterans.

All-Female Story Bridge

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.

Register for A Build

Register for an upcoming build. Registrations are open to early-stage career professionals and university students in their final year or undertaking postgraduate studies.

Our Latest News

Check out the latest news about our people, projects and events.

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...

Getting On With The Heavy Lifting

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

On a busy Monday morning, it was all about execution at Constructionarium Australia as the team prepared for build week at the Bielby Holding’s Story Bridge. But before all that, we need to make like the Doc and Marty and hop into our DeLorean, hit 88mph and travel...

It’s going to be a late night…

It’s going to be a late night…

One of the fun things we do at Constructionarium Australia is observing our cohort as they go through a rapid training program. Watching teams form, seeing differing approaches, understanding backgrounds and experience is part of what makes each build unique. And on...

Welcome to our February 2021 Build

The team at Constructionarium Australia always love the first day of a build, and day one of the Bielby Holdings Story Bridge build was no exception. The team of Harry Hartman, Jason Edge, Alex Ibarra and James Flaherty were on-site early, getting everything ready for...

Supporting the future brings benefits to E7’s team.

Supporting the future brings benefits to E7’s team.

As we head towards our next Constructionarium Australia build with Bielby Holdings, we caught up with long-term supporters, E7, as they embark on their 4th build, to find out what they have taken away from their ongoing partnership and support of emerging construction...

Building Bridges in the Queensland Heat

Building Bridges in the Queensland Heat

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...

Our Supporters

Thank you to our industry supporters without whom Constructionarium Australia would not be possible.

Contact us

Drop us a line and we will get back to you as soon as we can.