Students win coveted construction prize

Release Date: 6 March 2018

When the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) opened up their Student Challenge to colleges for the first time this year Dundee and Angus College stepped up to the plate.

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Left to right: Renan, Murray, Helen and Greg.

HND Year 2 students Helen Monckton (Civil Engineering), Greg Ireland (Building Surveying) and Renan Millares and Murray Angus (both Architectural Technology) teamed up for the challenge.

The event took place at Crieff Hydro where students from universities and colleges spent a day designing, reporting and presenting.

Teams had no prior knowledge of the brief and were given three hours to research and produce a PowerPoint presentation, which they delivered that afternoon. The brief involved the study and design of a proposal for a new gym complex in Peterhead Harbour. Marks were awarded for various elements including Building Information Modelling (BIM), Life Cycle analysis, Future Maintenance and BREEAM, and the production of an Environmental Impact Assessment.

Student Helen Monckton says, “Taking part in the competition helped me realise how quickly and effectively I can work as part of a team under a tight time constraint. Presenting in front of a large audience was daunting but helpful as a confidence builder.”

Fellow student Renan Millares agrees, “Presentingto such a diverse audience, including people from industry, was nerve wracking, however this will definitely help my presentation skills in the future.”

The winners were announced on the day with Dundee and Angus College taking the top spot. As a prize the students have been given the fantastic opportunity to undertake a full week’s work experience on site with construction company Robertson. They will also receive a voucher, trophy and the Winners’ Cup.

Lecturers Ruth Lonsdale and Morven Scott were delighted with the result, “The fact our students won was fantastic, particularly as they were up against such stiff competition and were presenting to a panel of very experienced industry professionals from some of the largest national construction companies. The success at this event highlights that our construction technology courses continue to provide our students with a broad knowledge and produce industry ready candidates. Getting recognition at this level is a great reward for the hard work and dedication of both staff and students.”

Construction & Technology Course Leader John Mitchell sums up the students’ achievement, “While learning is rarely about winning competitions, students showcasing their talents and receiving acclaim for it is an added bonus. I am very proud of everyone’s performance on the day.”