This blog will follow the week long student engineering project Constructionarium 2011, involving engineering students, alumni, academics and staff from Imperial College London, together with volunteers from across the engineering and construction sector.
The Constructionarium is a hands-on construction experience for students and young professionals. The project is run each year by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Undergraduates take a week off lectures and go out into the field, where they use construction materials and methods to create structures such as buildings, bridges and dams. The initiative teaches undergraduates about the design and construction process and gives them insights into what it will be like to work as engineers on major projects when they graduate.
Constructionarium is held as a 6 day working field course. The participants construct scaled down versions of bridges, buildings, dams and civil engineering projects. Students are assessed on the final day in terms of budgetary control, methodology and timely completion.