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The competition for 2017 has now finished. Visit the news page for the winners.

About Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

From small beginnings in classrooms across Australia and New Zealand to designing tomorrow’s greatest pieces of infrastructure, Aurecon’s Bridge Building Competition offers participants ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals.

Aurecon believes that the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths subjects) more accessible and appealing to young students. The earlier students can engage with STEM subjects the better.

The competition is open to Years 8 and 9 students in Australia, and Years 9 and 10 students in New Zealand. In 2017, the competition is being held in seven locations.

Using materials supplied by Aurecon, students are tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge using the construction guidelines provided. Judging days take place in August, and all competitors are invited to gather at venues across Australia and New Zealand where bridges are load tested and assessed for visual appeal, workmanship, creativity and functionality.

New to the competition in 2017, is an optional digital component where teams are able to use a digital tool, SketchUp Make, to design their bridges before they start construction.

Entry for the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition is free and prizes are awarded to students and schools in four award categories: All-rounder award; Efficiency award; Strength award; Innovation award, and a Digital award for best digital wireframe design for strength.

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Aurecon brings ideas to life to design a better future. Imagining what is possible, we turn problems into solutions.

We provide advisory, design, delivery and asset management services on projects across a range of markets, in locations worldwide. These services include:

  • Digital advisory and infrastructure advisory
  • Building design, ground engineering design and infrastructure design
  • Programme and project management delivery
  • Asset management and geospatial systems

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1 August 2017

2017 Competition Results
The competition for 2017 has now finished. Congratulations to the following schools and teams that won awards in our 7 competitions held across Australia and New Zealand. Visit the news page for the winners.
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Support your local schools and community by sponsoring a prize or venue in your local state competition. Why not become a national sponsor and get brand reach in all our competition locations? Find out more

Words from past participants

  • “The students loved the challenge of constructing something themselves, finding out information on their own and learning the meaning behind compressive and tensile forces.”

    Bryan Sapsworth, teacher King's College, NZ

  • Participating in this competition was a very valuable experience which gave me an appreciation for the challenges and rewards of a career in engineering.

    India Rose, Student, St Pius X High School, Aus

  • “We value high quality experiences like this that encourage and challenge students to use their ability and talent to realise their full potential.”

    Robert Emery, Principal St Pius X School, Aus

  • “Students benefit greatly from the experience of needing to effectively utilise teamwork skills throughout the entire design and construction process, while working to a tight schedule.”

    David Staehr, teacher Kaniva College, Aus

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