Thames Barrier and bridges trip for young engineers

A group of young engineers have gained first-hand experience of the kinds of projects they could one day be responsible for, with a trip along the River Thames.

Starting with a technical presentation at the Thames Barrier, the Rochester Bridge Trust Arkwright Engineering Scholars learned about the history of this vital structure, discovering why it was needed, how it was built and how the barrier works. They then took a boat trip up the river from the O2 dome to Westminster, studying the structures of the different bridges they encountered.

The day was led by civil engineers from the Trust’s Bridge Team, with special presentations by engineers at the Thames Barrier.

Jim Booth, Bridge Manager at the Trust, said: “It was great to spend time with the students, answering their questions about the structures and helping them to gain a greater understanding of the engineering involved. They are all clearly very promising young engineers, with a good grasp of some of the challenges that can be faced by civil engineers working in a tidal environment.”

Scholars Dilan, Henrietta and Jake are all studying towards their A-levels. They were joined by Emily, who was previously supported by the Trust during her A-levels, as well as members of the Trust’s Bridge Team and Education Team. You can find out more about the many scholars the Trust has worked with here.

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