This month, 18 All Hallows’ School students were given a rare close-up look at the construction of Port of Brisbane’s $110 million Port Drive Upgrade road project, in a move to encourage the girls to consider a career in engineering. The students enjoyed a half day site tour and workshop organised by Power of Engineering and QUT Girls in Engineering Making Statements (GEMs) in partnership with the project’s civil contractor Seymour Whyte.
Seymour Whyte Project Manager Stephen O’Brien said the company welcomed the opportunity to show the students around the active site and demonstrate how engineering principles are applied to projects in the real world.
“It’s important that the students understand that a career in engineering is in demand and can make a difference to the world we live in, in a sustainable way,” he said.
“We want to open young people’s eyes to the diversity, huge potential and excitement of engineering careers, and encourage a pipeline of future talent. Hopefully today’s site tour has sparked the students’ interest in the construction industry.”
All Hallows Science Teacher Matthew Bint said that site tours like this were particularly beneficial for the Year 9 and 10 students.
“It opens up possibilities for these younger students, and helps them see the connection between the science and mathematics that underpins engineering and application to infrastructure in real life,” he said.
“We really appreciated the Seymour Whyte team’s time with us. The joy they had in their work really shone through and the girls picked up on that. They saw the care the environment engineer had for sustainability, and the care the civil engineers had for the infrastructure that they are building and how that benefits the community.”
The Port Drive Upgrade project involves the duplication of Port Drive – the road access to the Port of Brisbane – the construction of a four-lane overpass, improvements to local road networks and complete the duplication of Lucinda Drive Bridge on Fisherman Island.
All Hallows School Year 9 and 10 students enjoyed a day out on site with Seymour Whyte engineers at Port of Brisbane’s Port Drive Upgrade project