Engineers display can-do attitude
Adam Rotapel from AECOM works on his team's structure. Picture: Astrid Volzke/The West Australian

From rocket ships to video game characters, the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre's main foyer will feature quirky displays of engineering ingenuity this week.

As part of Australian Engineering Week, the Canstruction 2012 competition saw engineers descend on the convention centre yesterday, where they had 12 hours to create big, intricate works from tins of food.

Hosted by Engineers Australia's WA branch, the event contributes to a good cause, with the canned goods donated afterwards to Foodbank WA, which provides food assistance to those in need.

It is the first time it has been held in Perth, after years of similar events in the US. Engineers Australia WA executive director Leanne Hardwicke said she was amazed at some of the creations.

"The teams have put in an awful lot of work . . . they were responsible for sourcing the cans themselves," she said.

AECOM graduate program manager Jac Taylor said her team's upside down ice-cream cone design, dubbed Giving Hunger the Flip, was made from 5000 tins of tuna and chicken. "We've had a few issues," she said. "But it's coming together well, which is a bit of a surprise because we didn't do a test-build."

The public can view the sculptures free and vote for their favourite until Friday.

The West Australian

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