David Loe CEng FICE

My current role HEB Construction Ltd is a contracts manager in the National Projects division. I’m also the company’s graduate training champion. Prior to this role, I was the project director for the North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance (NCTIR). The Alliance was formed to rebuild road and rail assets devastated by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit Kaikōura in 2016.

David Loe
David Loe

Without a doubt, the Kaikōura earthquake rebuild was my “best job ever”! Not only was it hugely challenging, but it was also definitely rewarding. All jobs have a human element, whether it is the team around you and the workforce or the affected local residents. But on the NCTIR Alliance, it felt like the whole country was behind us, pushing to get the country reconnected. It wasn’t just the physical stuff, but hearts and minds too. Our vision was “Moving Mountains to Reconnect Communities” and I can tell you that there is nothing better than giving back lifeblood to the community, whether getting trains running again, reopening the harbour or seeing the public use the main highway. Leading that sort of project was the proudest moment in my career as a civil engineer.

I was inspired to become a civil engineer because I had thought the profession might suit my love of the outdoors and problem-solving. But it wasn’t until I spent a long hot summer in 1976 working for Sir Robert McAlpine on their rig construction site at Ardyne Point on the Clyde that my heart was set.

When I was setting out on my career, I never dreamt I’d ever attain FICE but after nearly 40 years in the industry, anything is possible! It wasn’t until one of the New Zealand committee members asked me, I hadn’t really considered applying to be a Fellow of ICE. Putting the application together didn’t take me long. This was partly because I was helped by another Fellow and my record keeping was up-to-date.

Being a Fellow of ICE gives me an “inner warmth” feeling. It is also a vindication that you are doing and have done things the right way, and that this is appreciated by my peers. If you think you have made a significant contribution to the profession and the society, then take the next step and get the validation from your peer to become an ICE Fellow.

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