21st November 2018
Farrans Roadbridge JV were delighted to welcome 16 civil engineering students from Strathclyde University to our A737 Dalry Bypass project at the end of last month.
The Transport Scotland project is a joint venture between Farrans and Roadbridge and involves the construction of a new bypass to the east of the town of Dalry and associated junctions to connect to the existing A737 trunk road.
The visit provided an excellent learning opportunity for the students in relation to the difficulties and challenges faced on-site.
The group visited different areas of the site including the recently surfaced Highfield Roundabout, the Blair Road Overbridge and the River Garnock Viaduct.
Farrans Roadbridge Construction Manager, Tristram Browne, also showed the enthusiastic students some ongoing works, including the construction of a lightweight aggregate access ramp protecting a deep Scottish Water sewer tunnel.
Farrans Roadbridge also facilitated an in-depth site presentation in the site offices, giving students an insight into the structures and earthworks on the project, as well as a lively Q&A session.
Insight into the Industry
The site visit helped the Strathclyde students to meet the requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) - the organisation responsible for accrediting civil engineering courses in the U.K.
Dr Mike Murray, Teaching Fellow in Construction Management from the University of Strathclyde, expressed his gratitude to Angela and the team for the hospitality.
“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you and your colleagues (Brian Snow and Tristram Browne) for accommodating a site visit and presentation in regards to the Dalry Bypass project. I would also like to make you aware how your assistance helps us to meet the requirements of the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) who are the organisation responsible for accrediting civil engineering courses in the U.K”.
Site visits like this for engineering students provide an excellent ‘shop window’ for the many and varied career opportunities that construction industries have to offer.
The students found the technical challenges that the team faced on site to be of great interest.
“This was a rewarding and interesting experience in which I learned how management deal with issues relating to factors such as construction, public engagement, contracting management and health and safety,” one student remarked.
Another commented that it had helped him in making career choices for the future.
"There were many things I believe I learned on the site trip to Dalry. Most importantly for myself, it drove into me that I want to be in the thick of it, rather than in the office doing a design or consultancy job," he said.
"I want to be a contractor. Hands on is for me."
The visit forms part of the Farrans Roadbridge commitment to engage with the education sector and one of many ways in which the project has been involved in promoting careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.