ExpertiseConstruction, Project Management, Structural
Twickenham South Stand
Battersea Power Station Phase 2
My working day
A day in my life consists of managing various projects of different sizes, but all with their own complications which require some degree of problem solving.
It’s problem solving that I enjoy, along with working in collaboration with other professionals to come to a solution.
I often also find working with contractors and sub-contractors provides various complexities when constructing a project, which requires a technical capacity and the ability to manage personalities.
I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also a project manager.
We asked Colin…
What’s one great thing that you love about civil engineering that you didn’t know until you started working in the industry?
That there are many types of civil engineer and specialising in a particular field is necessary.
Which civil engineering myth(s) you would like to bust?
That you need to be exceptionally great at maths.
Would you recommend a career in civil engineering?
It makes a difference to individuals and communities in providing everyday facilities within the built environment, as well as providing job satisfaction.
Which civil engineering project (past or present) do you wish you’d worked on?
The BT telecom tower.
What about being a civil engineer inspires you?
I studied civil engineering as BSc, went on to do a postgraduate in construction management, started working for a main contractor as a setting out and surveying engineer, then went on to become a section engineer, and project engineer.
I then became professionally qualified with incorporated status, and continued as a senior engineer. Now working as a consultant on construction projects, providing both engineering and project management expertise.