Man's best friend fuels engineering challenge

LOCAL engineers are sure to get tails wagging in Gladstone on Tuesday when they transform the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre into massive sculptures of canned pet food.

Canstruction is a global design and build competition hosted by Engineers Australia Gladstone Group and Bechtel, held during Australian Engineering Week.

The event will feature five teams from Bechtel, Rio Tinto Alcan and Queensland Alumina Limited testing their engineering, planning and construction skills to create giant sized structures made entirely out tins.

Gladstone Engineers Australia Group chairman Mark Porter said Canstruction was something that had to be seen to be believed.

He encouraged locals to come down and cheer the teams on.

"This is the first time in Queensland the competition has been held outside of Brisbane, and we are excited to partner Bechtel in bringing the event to Gladstone," Mr Porter said.

"The teams have had to submit a design, construction and safety plan based around the colours and shapes of the different cans.

"On Tuesday, they will be constructing from their plans with over 9000 tins of cat and dog food in a couple of hours, and competing for the ultimate crown of Gladstone's first canstruction champion.

All cans of food will be donated to the local RSPCA after the event, providing thousands of meals to cats and dogs waiting for adoption.

Friends of the RSPCA president Judy Whicker said she was excited that the RSPCA had been chosen as the charity to receive the cans.

"Last year, the RSPCA saved 588 animals from euthanasia and rehoused them into loving family homes," she said.

"By using pet food as the primary construction material for Canstruction, this event will make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of animals, and ease the financial cost to the organisation."

When choosing this year's competition winners, judges will consider design and structural ingenuity, the overall impression, the attention to detail and use of labels and the ingredients.

The public can view and vote on the designs at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre between 10.30am and 2pm.

The event will be deconstructed at 3pm.

Topics:  bechtel engineering gladstone entertainment centre

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