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

Registrations for 2019 are now closed, but you can follow the competition on our social media channels.

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.

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:


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

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

Sponsors and supporters

2019 Sponsors

Clough logo     Stuartholme School logo Mount St Joseph Girls' College logo Vic Roads logo

Rail projects Victoria logo Mainroad Western Australia logo     Transurban logo

Autodesk logo Government of South Australia - Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure logo University of Adelaide logo Queensland Government Department of Transport and Main Roads

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?


2019 Supporters

Greenbatch logo Ministry of Education logo New Zealand Transport Agency logo University of Queensland logo

#TakeMeBack to competition day!

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

Bridge Building Competition history

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Reach out to these peeps!

If you need assistance with anything Bridge Building Competition, please contact our awesome team - they are ready and waiting to help! Learn about their favourite bridges below to get some inspiration for your project.
Eloise Febbraio

Eloise Febbraio


"My favourite bridge is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco; the classic suspension bridge. I’ve seen it from all different angles– driving over it, and sailing under it!"

Ella Penman

Ella Penman


"My favourite bridge is the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy, a segmental arch bridge from the Middle Ages. I love it because it’s covered in beautiful shopfronts."

Frank van Rensburg

Frank v. Rensburg


"My favourite bridge is Seri Wawasan Bridge in Purtrajaya, Malaysia, a cable-stayed bridge. I really like this bridge because its asymmetrical design combines function and beauty effortlessly to modernise the city’s landscape."

Wendy Byrne

Wendy Byrne


"The Sydney Harbour Bridge – Every time I travel to Sydney I ensure that the taxi driver takes me over the bridge so that I can see it again. I am in total awe of its size and beauty."



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