19 March 2018

Institute of Structural Engineers Student Model Competition.

Institute of Structural Engineers Student Model Competition.

Abertay students have been victorious for the second year running in the annual Institute of Structural Engineers Student Model Competition.

The event, hosted by Edinburgh Napier University, is open to all students studying Civil Engineering at Scottish universities.

Participants are tasked to design and build a modular structure based on a research collaboration between Napier University’s Centre for Offsite Construction and Innovative Structures, and Carbon Dynamic, an offsite manufacturer of volumetric units based in Alness in Scotland.

After the models are created, the judges test each structure to destruction with the winners judged by a combination of factors including weight of load carried, geometry of the structure, and thoughts from the engineers of the real modular structures.

One team, consisting of Stephen Blacklaw, Jake McAllister and Paul Laesecke won first prize with the judges not being able to destroy their structure at all.

Abertay’s second team, Rachel Terrell, Tayyib Jawid and Josh Harrison won third place.

Margi Vilna, Structural Engineer and Lecturer at Abertay, said, “I’m delighted with this result.”

“It is a great testimony to our students’ ability to interpret a structural brief, understand the underpinning theory and execute their understanding in a practical way.”

“All staff and students in the division of Civil Engineering at Abertay are extremely proud of our winning teams.”

For more information on studying civil engineering at Abertay visit https://www.abertay.ac.uk/course-search/undergraduate/civil-and-environmental-engineering/

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