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New experiential construction project a success

OPAIC’s construction students are getting hands-on experience without having to leave the classroom.

Students studying the New Zealand Diploma in Construction teamed up to create scale models of buildings and their foundations this study block.

Construction lecturer LipWah Ho says the project has given students the opportunity to learn about construction technology for medium and large buildings with a focus on the ground preparation and earthwork, foundations and structures.

Students also developed their scale model building skills and enhanced their confidence in explaining what they had learned.

Tight timelines and a lack of experience were some of the challenges students faced throughout the project.

“In addition to learning by making a scale model of buildings, the students have to learn time management,” says Lip.

He believes their new knowledge will give them a solid foundation to start working in the industry.

“It was the first time we have done this sort of project, and it was a success. All students had no prior experience in the scale model building, but they managed it really well, complemented by professional support from experienced lecturers.”

Lip says OPAIC aims to provide an exceptional learning experience to its students.

“This project is one of the experiential learning ways of delivering the course which greatly improves students’ understanding of the subject matter.”

The class has been working on the project throughout the block. They presented their completed models to Head of Department: Construction Seema Chawla and Executive Director Academic: Alex McKegg this week.

Watch the video here.

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