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Engineering students visit Gade Valley Viaduct

West Herts College’s Civil Engineering students visited the 440 metre M25 Gade Valley Viaduct to observe and discuss the works being carried out by Osborne. Whilst there, the students were given an insight into the project by the site manager from Osborne and were taken to the top of the scaffolding, to gain a higher understanding of the engineering behind the project.

This experience informed a number of our students about their future workplace options and visiting the viaduct also allowed them to link the engineering theory they’ve learnt to a real life example. All of the work being carried out on the bridge is to strengthen the structure and prevent the development of cracks within the steel girders.

Engineering student Will Stubbs, who has been accepted onto an internship with another engineering company, Poise Group UK, said: “The visit was very interesting, educational and relevant to the course. You could also clearly draw the relevance of our college classes to the work that was being done.”

Engineering Coordinator, Chris Weissang, said: “All of the students acted very professionally, adhering to the Health and Safety standards at all times. The visit really sparked the students interest and it has raised a number of questions, which the site manager was keen to answer.”

Osborne are now looking at getting our students onto their placements and apprenticeships as a result of the visit.

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