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SOBE students

Want to gain real-world experience with industry?

Equip yourself with relevant skills and build valuable networks by joining the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) Cooperative.


How does it work?

1. We collaborate with leading industry partners

Our strong industry connections allow us to select reputable industry partners from various disciplines to enhance your learning opportunities.

You will gain valuable experience working on some of Australia’s flagship building information modelling (BIM) projects. Current projects include the new Perth Stadium, Perth Children’s Hospital, Perth Museum and Forrestfield-Airport link.

Access to digital models, cutting edge tools and bespoke training packages will also help you to navigate problems.

2. You are immersed in cross-disciplinary problem solving

Discipline silos are broken down to broaden your knowledge base and understanding by forming working teams with students from five different programs: Architecture, Civil Engineering, Construction Management, Interior Architecture and Urban Planning.

Industry mentors will support your development of knowledge, skills and critical thinking by working through elements on key projects with professional teams.

3. Assessment informs project development

By presenting regular updates about your project’s progress and challenges to a panel of experienced industry mentors and Curtin School of Built Environment staff your interdisciplinary team will gain feedback to assess your progress and amend your project if necessary.

4. An end of year showcase Showcase your achievements

On completion of your project you and your team will have an opportunity to showcase your work, which will also provide valuable networking opportunities with industry professionals.