Unfortunately, due to the continued disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the hard decision to cancel the 2022 competition.

Creating future ready STEM students

Aurecon's Bridge Building Competition: A 'real-world' engineering experience

From small beginnings in classrooms across Australia and New Zealand, to designing tomorrow’s greatest pieces of infrastructure, the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition offers secondary school students ‘real-world’ experience of what they can look forward to as future engineering students and professionals.

Aurecon believes that the engineering, science and technology industries must work together and lead efforts to make STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths subjects) more accessible and appealing to young students.

The Aurecon Bridge Building Competition encourages students to unlock their potential by engaging with STEM early.

The competition is open to Years 8 and 9 students in Australia, and Years 9 and 10 students in New Zealand across seven locations.

Important note!

Unfortunately, due to the continued disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the hard decision to cancel the 2022 competition.

In the meantime, visit our resources page for educational videos, tools and tips.

What to expect

Entry for the Aurecon Bridge Building Competition is free, and using materials supplied by Aurecon, students are tasked with designing and constructing a model bridge using the construction guidelines provided.

Judging days take place in September, and all competitors are invited to gather at venues across Australia and New Zealand where bridges are load tested and assessed for visual appeal, workmanship, creativity and functionality.

There is also an optional digital component where teams are encouraged to use a digital tool, AutoCAD, SketchUp Make or SketchUp Free to design their bridges before they start construction. Digital submissions are tested before judging day and the winner is announced along with the winners of the physical bridge competition.

Your school's chance to win!

Along with a fun-filled competition day, students and schools have a chance to win great prizes across five award categories:

  • All-rounder award – for the bridge with the highest score across categories
  • Strength award – for the bridge that can hold the most load
  • Efficiency award – for the bridge with the best strength-to-weight ratio
  • Innovation award – for the bridge with the most creative design
  • Digital award – for the best digital wireframe design for strength

Competition locations

Road in Australia

Not your location? To find information for New Zealand, please use the globe in the top navigation to change your location.

Frequently asked questions

What are the costs involved?
When will our kit arrive?
Can we enter more than one team?

Girl asking a question at Aurecon Bridge Building Competition

Tips, videos and resources

Have you got your team ready to design bridges? Check out this page for several resources to help you make designing a bridge easy and fun!

Bridge Building Competition - Tips, videos and resources

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#TakeMeBack to competition day!

Discover which school's bridges triumphed in previous years and watch the highlights from past competitions.

Bridge Building Competition history

Sponsors and supporters

Support your local schools and community by sponsoring a prize or venue in your local state competition. Or, why not become a national sponsor and get brand reach in all our competition locations?

2020 sponsors

RMIT University, Aurecon Bridge Building Competition sponsorUniversity of Adelaide logoStuartholme School logo

2019 sponsors

Clough logoStuartholme School logoMount St Joseph Girls' College logoVic Roads logo

Rail projects Victoria logoMainroad Western Australia logoTransurban logo

Autodesk logoGovernment of South Australia - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure logoUniversity of Adelaide logoQueensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads

2019 supporters

Greenbatch logoMinistry of Education logoNZ transport agency logoUniversity of Queensland logo

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