The four CIM program universities were able to put theory into practice on a project in England recently. Students traveled to London and then on to the National Construction College in Bircham Newton, England in mid-March to participate in Constructionarium. During their week, two students from California State, Chico, two students from NJIT, five students from Texas State and six students from Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) constructed a scaled down replica of the Brewery Wharf Footbridge. Accompanying the students for this unique experience were Dr. John Schemmel (Texas State), Jon Huddleston and Dr. Marcus Knight, both from MTSU.
The students were able to put their skills to the test and learn a great deal along the way. The group was required to hold preconstruction meetings each morning, bid and track expenses, maintain a profit, establish safe working conditions, conduct side layout and surveying, erect and tie rebar, build formwork, and pour and erect the bridge. Although there were many long days with hard work, the students were able to spend a day as tourists in London. Students from NJIT and MTSU were the first CIM program universities to participate in Constructionarium during the summer of 2014.