Bielby Holdings’ Casey Doolan recently joined 20 female undergraduate and early-stage career professionals as part of Constructionarium Australia’s cohort undertaking the 2021 All-Female Story Bridge Build.
Held annually, the All-Female Build is an opportunity for Constructionarium Australia to profile the vital role women play in engineering and construction and highlight the careers and pathways available to students and early-stage career professionals from across the industry.
The program is an intensive theory and practical training course where participants work together to complete the construction of a replica 30m long, 4-tonne Story Bridge at The Construction Training Centre in Salisbury.
Participants build the structure to their schedule and methodology, managing every aspect of construction from cost control to SWMS and from traffic management plans to crane lifts. Each day they are joined by leaders from across the sector who provide invaluable insights, advice and knowledge designed to help them fast track their knowledge and understanding of infrastructure delivery in Queensland.
Casey is an Environment and Sustainability Advisor for the Watland Street to Sports Drive project, as part of the Pacific Motorway (M1) Eight Mile Plains to Daisy Hill upgrade. We caught up with her to find out more about how she enjoyed her time with Constructionarium Australia.
What did you enjoy most about Constructionarium Australia?
I enjoyed the teamwork aspect of Constructionarium Australia the most. Working as part of a diverse team, we could utilise strengths from different disciplines and experience levels to create a team that could collaborate effectively and overcome the program’s challenges.
I also thoroughly enjoyed hearing from industry experts about the latest advancements in the engineering and sustainability space.
What challenged you most about Constructionarium Australia?
The most challenging part of Constructionarium Australia was the condensed project timeline. We usually have five days to complete the build, but Brisbane went into Lockdown mid-way through our program. That meant we had to rapidly change our schedule to complete the project a day early and implement revised working practices to ensure we complied with health advice and minimised any potential risks to our team.
As a result, we spent shorter periods on each project component than would typically be allocated. For example, the tendering process was required to be completed within two days. While this timeline was challenging, it was amazing to see the high-quality tender each team produced during the presentations to the client and as we progressed on-site to finish ahead of time and under budget.
What help do you think Constructionarium Australia participation will be in your career/studies?
Participation in Constructionarium Australia has given me a greater appreciation of the role that others play in the life of a project. The organisation chart was reshuffled at the end of each day, allowing everyone to experience different roles and responsibilities, from Project Manager to Traffic Controller. By understanding and appreciating the importance of these different roles, I will be able to work more effectively with my team to achieve shared goals.
Would you recommend taking part in a build to other students/professionals?
I would highly recommend taking part in the build to other students and professionals, for those with both an engineering and non-engineering background in the construction industry. The build enabled my cohort to grow in our confidence and believe in our capabilities.