At the end of the second year we aim for students to take part on a “hands on” construction experience. For the past 10 years our students have spent one week on the Constructionarium site at National Construction College in Norfolk. This project gives students a first hand experience on-site engineering planning, implementation and decision making in the context of a field project. Student teams act as contractors to produce a scale version of an existing structure. The work is carried out under the supervision, help and guidance of Expanded | Laing O'Rourke, who provide all equipment and tools. Engineers from the Waterman group act as resident engineers and ensure the projects are built to professional building standard. Each student team is responsible for the management, planning and costing of their project, as well as setting out and the field work itself.
Health and Safety instruction, practical exercises and preliminary planning from working drawings take place during the year.
While most field trip costs (including academic staff supervision, coach transport, construction materials, labour, plant, contractor supervision, meeting facilities, personal protective equipment) are met by industrial sponsors and the department, students are required to pay approximately £225 towards the trip, which contributes to accommodation and food costs.