Challenge 1: Barcelona Tower

The inaugural challenge of Constructionarium Australia. The scaled-down replica of the Barcelona TV Tower was built by nineteen students who participated in the pilot project.

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.

“There is a desperate need in our industry to provide an environment where young professionals can safely transition from their academic exposure to the real world of civil engineering practice…which involves hands-on working with materials, machinery and each other.” Peter Anusas, General Manager Northern Region, BMD

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).

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