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Learning from our mistakes

Event organised by ICE

29 March 2022

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Learning from our mistakes – a cofferdam that didn’t go quite as planned.

As a trainee engineer it would be expected that a site experience phase would be used to learn execution techniques and to develop theoretical understanding of the engineering being applied.

When things go wrong the process may alter to the critical analysis of the design and execution processes to identify how these might be improved next time.

Mat Aiton RE is a trainee engineer working on a flood relief scheme.

As he works towards his chartered review, he has been presented with several site problems.

He will critically analyse these and explain what he has learned in the process.


Matt Aiton

Matt Aiton

British Army

military construction engineer

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Matt Aiton

Matt joined the British Army in 2012 and commissioned into the Corps of Royal Engineers in 2014.
He spent 10 months in the construction of a portal frame radar station building for technical and domestic accommodation on a located on a remote Falklands mountain top.
He trained a contingent of 150 personnel for a construction deployment to the Republic of South Sudan under the United Nations.
At present he is undertaking his civilian site phases as part of his MSc in Military Construction Engineering in preparation for professional qualification

For more information please contact:

Rose Creasey