Tell us more about some of the successful projects you have worked on.
I have been involved in a large number of projects since I joined Wessex Water, working initially in the design team carrying out high-level assessment on sewerage flooding.
I carried out a salinity (concentration of salt in the water) study, which was affecting the processes at Avonmouth Water Recycling Centre (WRC). This involved installing a series of conductivity monitors along the tidal River Avon, collecting data and assessing the results to identify where salty water had infiltrated the sewers. That allowed the most critical areas to be repaired and improved the performance at the water recycling centre. I won the Pipeline Industry Guild presentation competition with this scheme.
Alongside my colleagues in the sewer rehab team, I recently successfully completed the twin lining of rising mains serving the south of Bridgwater. By completing the scheme on time and budget, we made a saving of around 40 per cent for the company, compared to the original proposal of horizontal directional drilling.
What do you enjoy about being an engineer?
I feel I can make a change, create something new or improve what’s already there. It’s great for me because I enjoy what I do, and it also gives me the ability to work with a diverse group of professionals. I have the opportunity to learn the technical and industrial aspects of engineering, work with various data, manage my own schemes, train new engineers, and improve the process when required.
What is your advice to someone considering a career in engineering?
Engineering gives you the opportunity to work in different areas and be involved in a range of projects. In my opinion, it is one of the most fulfilling careers, where you can use your creativity every day, be innovative, hands-on, design and build things that only few people in world have done, and yet be used for so many others.
What does the future of engineering look like?
With population growth, there will certainly be more demand for infrastructure, as well as the maintenance of existing assets and preparing sites for development.
Engineering will always be in high demand. The drive for doing things differently, as well as sustainability, cost efficiency and environmental impact, will also drive the need for more innovation, improved technology, enhanced systems, and alternative ways of working. Engineering has always been a key part of it and will continue to be so.