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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 2018, 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.

In 2018 the optional digital component is back where teams are able to use a digital tool, SketchUp Make or SketchUp Free 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 is an engineering and infrastructure advisory company, but not as you know it. We’ve reimagined engineering.

Our clients’ ideas and aspirations drive all that we do. We work alongside them like no other firm to co-create clever, innovative solutions to some of the world’s most complex challenges, adding value across the project lifecycle through deep technical and advisory expertise. We serve our clients across a range of markets, in locations worldwide. Hardwired in our DNA are engineering, design and the deep need to leave a legacy. We are as diverse as we are dynamic. As curious as we are clever.

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2017 Highlights




9 November 2017

Aurecon Bridge Building Competition builds future STEM professionals

There is wide agreement between industry, government, universities and associated stakeholders that Australia and New Zealand need engineers and other STEM professionals to solve complex future infrastructure problems and meet their national innovation agendas.
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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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