Students gain work experience in Ebbsfleet

Engineering students have been gaining crucial work experience at the Springhead Bridge site in Ebbsfleet Garden City.

More than ten students have been welcomed by engineering firm Balfour Beatty that is building the bridge, and the company has also engaged with more than 2,000 students about the project.

Jose Mauro dos Santos Junior has just finished his civil engineering degree at the University of Greenwich’s Medway campus, and hopes to have a career in engineering design. He said the work at the site provided a “very positive experience.”

He added: “At university you are taught the theory, but it’s good to come out on site and see it in practice. I was particularly interested in the BIM integrated system used by the Balfour Beatty engineers to locate and store the data about the bridge and how this information could be retrieved using an iPad whilst out on site.”

Amir El-Guechi has just finished his second year of the same degree and said: “It is difficult to decide what direction you want to go after second year, however gaining site experience at Springhead Bridge has been useful for me.

“It has shown me that I would like to work in a site-based role and then perhaps move into a design consultancy when I have gained a bit more practical experience. I have learnt a lot about how a bridge is built and all the many processes that go into its construction. This is the first time I have been on site and seen a structure under construction. This experience will help me in my final year.”

To learn more about work experience at the site contact: jasvir.sandhu@balfourbeatty.com

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