INDUSTRIAL DRIVEN STUDENT RESEARCH; A CASE STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL FOR INDUSTRIALISING CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGES
Editor: Erik Bohemia, Ahmed Kovacevic, Lyndon Buck, Peter Childs, Stephen Green, Ashley Hall, Aran Dasan
Author: Larsen, Ingrid Lande; Heimdal, Anette; Norheim, Thomas
Institution: University of Agder, Norway
Section: Collaboration and Industrial Involvement in Design and Engineering Education
The paper is based on our master project (30 ECTS) which was completed during spring 2017. We concluded that there is a massive potential for industrialisation of bridge construction, e.g. through the knowledge that there are a low number of span widths that is often repeated in the Norwegian highway network. However, the focus of this paper is not the technical content of our project, but how we gained from an R&DI-cooperation between construction industry and the university. The scope of this cooperation was to investigate the practice and potential of industrialising bridge construction. The master project was an initial demonstration of the potential for mutual benefit from an agreement on R&DI, entered between a governmental construction client organisation and the University of Agder. The outcome of the study was beneficial for industry and construction client and successfully demonstrated potential in cooperation with the university.