Ecological processes & gold mines

 RobinJohl3I started my career with ARCADIS in May of 2013 as a scientist in the Remediation team, but was recently transferred to the Environmental Business Consulting biology group to match my skill set more closely. I have a degree in conservation biology, so working with geology and chemistry in the Remediation group was foreign to me for quite a long time! I’ll never forget my first day on the job when a project manager photocopied a basic hand-drawn diagram of a monitoring well for me, because I never had a geology or engineering class and didn’t have any concept of what a monitoring well looked like. During my year with that team, I not only learned about the basic construction of monitoring wells, but I also learned the valuable skill of data validation.

In August of 2014, I was approached by my current resource manager for an opportunity to get my foot in the door of the biology team by performing post-construction mortality monitoring in Kansas. I accepted the call to the Midwest, and could not have been more pleased with my decision! The job entailed a lot of field work—walking up and down set transects around newly constructed wind turbines to calculate bird and bat mortality rates, and then preparing weekly reports interpreting the findings.  Once my stint on that project was finished, I was able to return to my hometown office in Phoenix, Arizona while still keeping my department transfer. Since my return, I’ve been able to help with many projects that are interesting to me.

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Shelter mission to the city of Banjarmasin in Indonesia

Picture4The Shelter mission to the city of Banjarmasin in Indonesia took place from January 25 to February 2, 2015. The Shelter team consisted of the following ARCADIS staff members: David Osorio, senior t at Hyder Manila Philippines; Robert Titus, drainage expert (city level), at ARCADIS US east coast; Alex Brook Francisco, environmental expert (wetlands), at ARCADIS US west coast; Bernadeth Nuri Handayani, Project Quantity Surveyor at Langdon & Seah Indonesia. The city’s drainage system is highly insufficient and UN-Habitat has asked the Shelter program for support in order to improve it. Team member Bernadeth Nuri kept a diary and shares her experiences below:

Day 1: We start with a quick meeting with the city government agency. We introduce ourselves and explain what we intend to accomplish on our mission.
From Balai Kota Banjarmasin, the Banjarmasin government city office, we start our work with a site survey. We are escorted around the city along the river banks of the Sungai Martapura and other smaller rivers and canals. We observe some of the drainage problems from the car and receive more information from the government staff that is with us. We discuss the problems and internally develop a list of data to collect along with other locations to visit. At night we attend a dinner hosted by the Banjarmasin vice major and other city staff.

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E-Factory 2014: First Edition Experience

NeelamDhupar2The first time I had heard of the E-Factory was when I received an email in my inbox congratulating me on being selected as a participant. What is it all about I hear you ask? As ARCADIS presented its strategy 2014-2016, the company expressed the ambition to ‘be truly collaborative’. The E-Factory is endorsed by the ARCADIS European Leadership Team and was organized by young Arcadians for young Arcadians to release this vision.

Together with 25 other young European Arcadians from France, Germany, Belgium, United Kingdom and the Netherlands I had the opportunity to work on a case study called the Climate Tool. This took place in the ARCADIS Brussels office over four days during October 2014.

The goals for the E-Factory were:

  • To cooperate with European colleagues, in order to get to know each other’s cultures and to build an international network;
  • To demonstrate our added value to international colleagues and clients and generate business for ARCADIS;
  • To exchange ideas and market opportunities that enriches us and ARCADIS.

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Challenge yourself – Quantity Surveying in the UK

craig kecheran2I am Craig Kecheran and I joined ARCADIS in August 2007 (merging with EC Harris in January 2013). I’m a Graduate Cost Consultant based in the Edinburgh, UK office, working within the Property sector. Following on from high school, my aim was to combine work experience with academic studies by attending university – I’m a firm believer that the quickest and most effective way to learn is through experience. Luckily for me, ARCADIS were willing to employ me and after a lengthy 6 year parttime university course I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Quantity Surveying, and I am currently working towards my RICS professional qualification.

Seven and a half years on from my first day with ARCADIS, I have been involved in both pre and post contract services in a number of refurbishment and new build projects, varying in value and complexity, from initial feasibility studies through to the settlement of final accounts. (more…)

Imaginary ownership – take your work to the next level

RoyvdBanOne day prior to a meeting with a client and the municipality, my project leader asked me a question about possible opportunities with regard to the zoning plan. So I called a colleague with expertise in zoning plans and asked the questions my project leader wanted me to ask. I got the information, asked for some more clarification until I understood and reported back to my project leader. “OK, but did you also ask what we do in situation X or Y?”. “I don’t know, I didn’t ask”. “I have a meeting with the client and the municipality tomorrow, I don’t want to look like a fool, we need something good!”

It occurred to me that we didn’t have the same sense of urgency because he was going to be at the meeting and I wasn’t. I imagined I was the one being at the meeting the next day and called my colleague again: we had a different conversation. When I reported back to my project leader, he was happy with the results. What I did was that I took ‘imaginary ownership’ of the situation.

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