The engineering building at USQ Springfield is currently undergoing a $5.8 million expansion.
Once completed, the expanded building will feature multiple teaching and research laboratories, including a robotics and automation room, lab spaces for future materials development, power and energy testing and civil and structural engineering testing systems, technician offices, workshops, a student collaboration space and seminar room.
Head of Civil Engineering and Surveying at USQ Professor Kevin McDougall said the expansion was a significant investment for the future and would give students more opportunities to develop their technical and practical engineering and surveying skills using the latest technology.
'We want to make sure our students have the best facilities and opportunities to learn, and ensure our graduates have the sought-after skills that industry needs, both now and into the future.
“It will also expand our capacity to conduct leading-edge research and work with industry to contribute to the development of new knowledge and solutions that address real-world problems.'
Designed by dwp Architects and being built by Quadric, the building will also have multiple sensors embedded throughout to allow students to monitor its structural health performance in real-time for their studies. The integrated sensor roving technology has never been done before in Australia and possibly around the world.
'Our engineering specialist Dr Andy Nguyen has been at the forefront of this system development, which will allow us to measure critical static and dynamic characteristics, such as strain-stress, deflection, frequencies and mode shapes.'