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Engineering students relish field trip to key sites

Engineering students took their education outdoors by visiting the Thames Barrier and a site of special scientific and geological interest named Gilbert’s Pit, in Greenwich recently.

Undergraduates on the BEng (Hons) Civil and Environmental Engineering course enjoyed the chance to put classroom theory into practice and analyse the design challenges in different project conditions at the contrasting sites.

Organised in conjunction with the London Geodiversity Partnership, the field trip at Gilbert’s Pit was led by geologists Laurie Baker and Diana Clements, who were founts of information about the rocks, sediments, soils, landscape topography and processes at the 5.2-hectare geological site.

At the Thames Barrier, which is one of the world’s biggest movable flood defence systems, students enjoyed a range of presentations and model demonstrations by the Environment Agency, including how the machinery works.

Student Mohasin Ali said: ‘The field trip was a nice change from the usual classroom learning. The presentations were brilliant and I’d certainly welcome more experiences like this.’​

Students at Gilbert Pit

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