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Engineering students challenged to think project sustainability

As part of our ongoing commitment to sustainability and the next wave of engineers, we sponsored and hosted the Rapid Response Challenge at The University of Sydney (USYD) last week.

USYD’s top engineering students enrolled in the Building a Sustainable World unit took part in the challenge which encourages sustainable thinking in physical, social, economic and cultural environments.

The University of Sydney's undergrad engineering students

General Manager – NSW & ACT, Shane Higgins said this year’s challenge aligned with Cardno’s vision to embed environmental principals into business operations and service delivery

“The brief was to come up with a Project Sustainability Reporting Tool to help our clients understand the sustainability outcomes of projects”.

“The reporting tool needs to give our clients confidence in promoting the sustainability of their project,” said Shane.

The 48 students were split into nine teams and given less than three weeks to come up with a tool that met the sustainability principles and addressed a range of sustainability criteria and measures.

They had to give thought to resources, skills, and data inputs required for using the tool, project lifecycles, and suggested time to utilise the tool for maximum benefits to the project development.

The teams then refined their ideas before presenting to a panel of judges – including senior leaders from Cardno and the University’s Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies on Wednesday 29 May.

“We were impressed with the innovation and originality of ideas from these students”.

“Their solutions were robust and were able to be applied to a diverse range of complex, multidisciplinary projects. In addition, they considered the technical understanding of the potential client”.

“The overall calibre of the presentations was outstanding. We are proud to partner with The University of Sydney to support the future leaders of our industry,” said Shane.