Students explore infrastructure first-hand
19 September 2019
A group of Dunstan High School students gained first-hand experience of what's involved in the construction of significant infrastructure earlier this week.
On Monday (16 September), 14 students visited the construction site for the two major pipelines being built between Alexandra and Clyde.
One pipeline will deliver better quality water to Alexandra and Clyde as part of the new Lake Dunstan Water Supply, and the other is part of a substantial project to construct a new reticulated waste management system for Clyde.
The pipelines are being installed between Alexandra and Clyde in a corridor that follows the Otago Central Rail Trail.
The students' three-hour site visit included a stop at the Clyde bore site on the edge of Lake Dunstan to learn more about how the bores work, a visit to a pipelines' construction site at Young Lane where the group got up close to excavation works and pipework, and a visit to the Alexandra Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Fulton Hogan and CODC staff hosted the group.
"This is a major infrastructure project right on our doorstep. We thought it was a great opportunity for students with an interest in infrastructure to experience the work first-hand and to have a chat with some of the staff involved," said CODC Capital Projects Programme Manager, Patrick Keenan.
"The students seemed to really enjoy the opportunity to get in amongst it and asked some interesting questions," he said.
"This is an industry where there's a wide variety of job opportunities on projects like this - not only for engineers but also people who have other skills - designers, excavator operators and project managers, for example. It's great for the future of this industry to give young people the opportunity to experience a worksite and talk to people who are doing jobs they might like to do one day."
"A big thank you to Fulton Hogan and Dunstan High School for their support for this initiative," he said.
A further opportunity for Central Otago students to visit local construction sites is planned for next year.