Civil engineering students worked together with Brimbank City Council to map and analyse the condition of 1600km of footpaths in Melbourne's north-west.
The partnership between the council and RMIT gives final year Bachelor of Engineering (Civil and Infrastructure) students the opportunity to complete some of the 12 weeks work experience required to graduate.
Two groups of 10 students from the program each undertake a six-week placement within the council, gaining practical experience as they work alongside experienced staff and using industry technology and systems while providing Brimbank with a reliable and accurate report of the condition of their footpaths.
Professor Sujeeva Setunge, Deputy Head of Civil Engineering at RMIT, said the placements provides the students with valuable industry exposure.
“Students who engage in the placement at Brimbank work as part of a team of asset management engineers, receiving an in-depth understanding of the role of the civil engineer in infrastructure asset management; developing skills needed for working in a diverse team; realising the need to deliver outcomes when all the information and resources may not be readily available; and applying their technical knowledge to ensure that the information gathered is accurate and consistent," she said.
Brimbank City Council’s footpath survey is undertaken every three years and the information collected is used to prepare future maintenance and capital works programs.
The program offers students a wide range of opportunities so that students with varying skill sets and interests can find employment to match their strengths.
Students are offered many similar opportunities for engagement in work integrated learning programs, maintaining RMIT's commitment to training work ready graduates.