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Australian Engineering Week hits the ground running in Sydney

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With fascinating site tours, a compelling presentation on infrastructure planning, and the Great Engineering Challenge for budding engineers, Australian Engineering Week has been a hit with both industry professionals and the Sydney public.

We had a fantastic start to Australian Engineering Week in Sydney, with many events having to put up the ‘full house’ sign early. What’s more, we had a wide mix of people attending the events, including engineering professionals, students and the general public.

Insightful site tours

We kicked things off on Monday with site tours to both ResMed and Cochlear. These tours provided people with some fascinating insights into the design and development of sleep devices and ear implants respectively.

We also ran a site tour to the RTA Crash Lab on Tuesday, to see first-hand how the RTA performs crash testing procedures. Thankfully, they didn’t need anyone from the group to fill in as a crash test dummy!

Thank you to all the organisations who ran site tours during the week; they were a thorough and interesting look into the world of engineering design, development and manufacturing.

Infrastructure sustainability

We were privileged to hear Mr Michael Deegan from Infrastructure Australia speak on Monday evening about the sustainability of infrastructure projects. With attendees given the opportunity to pose questions to Mr Deegan, the interactive nature of the evening raised some key issues to do with planning and implementing future infrastructure projects.

Engineers of the future

Designed to test the engineering minds of year 10 and 11 students, the Great Engineering Challenge was held on Tuesday at the University of NSW. There were an incredible 54 teams competing from over 30 schools across Sydney, and the competition was intense to say the least! There were three major challenges for the students to tackle, including:

Designing an RTA restraint device

Designing a GHD water turbine

Designing a UNSW retaining wall

Congratulations to Tempe High School who were the overall winners on the day, with James Ruse Agricultural High School finishing runners-up. Australian engineering certainly has a bright future if the calibre of students at this challenge is anything to go by.

There has been an impressive 19 site tours, all of which have been fantastically received. Thanks to all the organisiations that have made the events such a success.

We hope you enjoyed the events everyone and remember if you’d like to share your experience of Australian Engineering Week, please feel free to reply to this blog.

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