Our Aims


To develop innovative approaches to engineering education.


To influence career choices.


To embed transformative learning theories into our approach.

hink Up Begins...

  • July 2004

    Constructionarium was conceived and developed.

  • November 2009

    Think Up created by Chris Wise and Ed McCann as the educational arm of the Useful Simple Trust. The transformative learning principles that underpin Constructionarium are at the heart of the philosophy of Think Up.

  • March 2010

    Big Rig: low carb is delivered as the first of a number of Big Rig Events designed to deliver high-impact experiential learning within a unique environment

  • July 2010

    British Council’s Communication workshop launches our Corporate Training and Development Service

  • June 2012

    Expedition Engineering launches Workshed, a learning platform that houses on-line teaching and learning resources for undergraduates and designed as part of our Digitally Enhanced Learning service

  • February 2012

    Think Up joins National Skills Academy for Environmental Technology, a nationwide network of accredited training provision for low-carbon and renewable skills.

  • April 2012

    ‘Embedding Sustainability in Undergraduate Civil Engineering Courses – a practical guide’ is published as part of our Strategic Consultancy Services

  • September 2012

    Catastrophe goes live.

  • November 2012

    Student Studio is developed to enable organisations to deliver high-quality work experience

  • June 2013

    Big Rig: Nuclear is delivered as part of the Nuclear Island Big Rig project, an event designed to promote careers in the nuclear industry.

  • September 2013

    UCL Knowledge Club launched to help motivate students to broaden their engineering knowledge

  • April 2014

    Build Camp is launched to give students aged 14-19 the opportunity to gain practical hands-on experience in the built environment


Ed McCann

Ed is widely regarded to be a leading thinker in education and training in the construction and engineering sectors. Almost…
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Chris Wise

In 2012, Chris was honoured with not one but two Gold medals, awarded by both the IStructE and ICE in…
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Oliver Broadbent

Oliver develops innovative educational tools and events designed to support learning in the construction, engineering and STEM subjects in the…
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Ina Hobden

Ina has over 25 years’ experience in the field of learning and development gained across a number of different organisations.…
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Ben Godber

Ben trained as an architect at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and as an engineer at Imperial College, London.…
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Fiona Wyatt

Throughout her career, Fiona has been dedicated to promoting the industry as an active member of the ICE, initially as…
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Sheila Hoile

A former Director of both CITB-Construction Skills and the Construction Industry Council, Sheila specialises in developing and delivering skills strategies…
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Diana McCann

Diana has over 20 years’ experience in the design and delivery of training that is evidence based, imaginative, engaging, challenging…
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David Egan

David is a digital consultant and web developer who specialises in virtual learning environments.
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Ed Holloway

Ed Holloway is a project leader, designer, and teacher, with over 18 years’ experience in architecture, education and the arts.…
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Peter Ayres

Peter Ayres is an architect, artist, and educator. His skills for ideation, development, and delivery of special projects for a…
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