Challenge 3: All Female Story Bridge Build

In June 2019, Constructionarium Australia, supported by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland Major Contractors Association, BMD Constructions and Seymour Whyte, is undertaking an all-female build of Brisbane’s iconic Story Bridge.

Story Bridge

To align with International Women In Engineering Day on 23 June, Constructionarium Australia is embarking on our latest project, an all-female build of a Brisbane icon – The Story Bridge.

Comprising a three-day training programme and five-day build, participants have the opportunity to be part of a unique cohort and benefit from a dedicated learning and development experience with one outcome in mind; to create future female leaders within Queensland’s construction sector.

Constructionarium Australia is calling for participants from key Queensland organisations to be part of the build, including the Department of Transport and Main Roads, QMCA Members, BMD, Seymour Whyte, NAWIC and universities to form the project team responsible for every aspect of the build.

Over the five-day build, participants will gain skills and experience that would take one or two years to learn in the course of normal projects. They will manage all aspects of an engineering project including project and issues management, safety, budgetary control and timely project delivery.

The training and construction programme is being supported by Trimble, HDR, NAWIC, Coates Hire, WH&S More Skills and it will take place at The Construction Training Centre.

Applications for participants are now open.

Being part of this innovative cohort of future female construction leaders represents a fantastic opportunity for final year engineering students. Participants will gain significant experience and exposure within a positive learning environment designed to add real-world, practical skills to your university knowledge.

As a result, Constructionarium Australia is seeking the strongest possible applicants who demonstrate a desire and commitment to be part of a once in a lifetime opportunity.

In return, participants will receive access to industry leaders, dedicated learning and training sessions, group and individual mentoring as well as the opportunity to form a close-knit network of future leaders who are about to embark on their careers in engineering and construction in Queensland.

“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


Participation timings

  • Applications open – 29 May 2019
  • Applications close – 13 June 2019
  • Participants confirmed – 14 June 2019

Project timings

  • Training programme – 19 to 21 June 2019
  • Build phase – 24 to 28 June 2019

Project location

The Construction Training Centre
Ian Barclay Building
460-492 Beaudesert Road
Salisbury, Queensland 4107
PO Box 68 Salisbury, Queensland 4107

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for Constructionarium Australia participants must:

  • Be an early stage career professional from the engineering, design and construction industry
    Be a final year student studying civil engineering at a  Queensland University
  • Demonstrate strong academic grades
  • Show a desire to be part of the initiative
  • Commit to participating in the full eight-day programme
  • Agree to work to the highest standards of workplace health and safety
  • Be prepared to participate and engage fully each and every day.

Apply now!

Complete the form below and tell us in 250 words or fewer why you want to be part of this project and how it will enhance your professional and personal development.

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The Story Bridge

The Story Bridge is a heritage-listed steel cantilever bridge spanning the Brisbane River that carries vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic between the northern and the southern suburbs of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. At 74m high, and 777m long, the Story Bridge is the longest cantilever bridge in Australia.

The bridge is part of Bradfield Highway and connects Fortitude Valley to Kangaroo Point. The Story Bridge opened in 1940 and is named after prominent public servant, John Douglas Story.

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