Inspiring Women in Engineering
Please contact Suzy Armsden on 01273 642204 for further information or e-mail email@example.com
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
9.45am – Students arrive – meet and greet with the Student Ambassadors
10.00 - 11.00 – Welcome and Research Presentations (four 10 minute presentations)
11.00 – 11.45 – Lab Visit
11.45- 12.30 – Activity 1
12.30 – 1.15 – Lunch and networking (with the Student Ambassadors)
1.15 – 2.00 – Activity 2
2.00 – 2.45 – Activity 3
2.45 – 3.15 – Careers Session
3.15pm - Depart
Workshop 1: Flood Management – Augmented Reality Practical
By 2030, an estimated 50 million people will be affected by flooding with an annual potential cost to the world economy of £340bn. This means we have to get better at managing our rivers and their surrounding areas to reduce flood risk with engineering solutions being ideally placed to help us do this. The question is how? Do we build more or higher defences? Do we stop people living near rivers? Or do we just accept that floods will happen and do nothing to protect people or properties? This workshop will use augmented reality to explore, in real time, how different engineering approaches can help us reduce flood risk.
Workshop 2: Catchment Management – Flume Practical
Rivers and their surrounding areas offer numerous opportunities for development, recreation, sport and transport. However they are also hazardous places to live with flooding often threatening to destroy homes and livelihoods. Traditionally, reducing flood risk has been achieved via heavily engineered defences but more recently there has been a move to manage rivers in a more natural way, working with nature. This workshop will use a flume, essentially an indoor river, to explore how natural flood management techniques can help us reduce flood risk.
Workshop 3: Building for the Future - Concrete Practical
Concrete is the most commonly used material in construction. Many existing concrete structures are vulnerable and need strengthening to prolong their lifespan. Adding concrete layers or ‘jackets’ to existing structures is a very common and effective strengthening technique. This has been done most recently by adding high performance fibre such recycled car tires to concrete to strengthen it and make it more durable. This reduces the amount of the concrete and steel we used and the use of recycled waste materials makes the processes more environmentally friendly. This workshop will produce, cast into structures and test to destruction, two different concrete mix designs (one ordinary and one recycled fibre) to identify the impacts and potential future uses of recycled fibres in construction engineering.