Taking your career abroad

EC Harris assistant project manager Shyam Visavadia opens up on why he believes his move to the Middle East has accelerated his career.

With less than two years of experience in project management, I  decided to take my career into my own hands by taking up an  opportunity to relocate from the UK to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). My decision to relocate came up partially through my Arcadis’ Quest journey to Shanghai and Hong Kong which I undertook in January 2014.

It was from this experience which allowed me to realise the value of international experience, and motivated me to gain further exposure in a dynamic and competitive market outside the UK. For young Generation Y professionals, this is the time to take these chances as we are less bound to long-term commitments. The business was very supportive, and I approached a number of leaders within the business to gain some useful advice on my long term aspirations.


On a Quest: One Week in Cincinnati

FabioGamaFábio Luiz Fortes Gama (GS2014) went on a Quest, just a month before he travelled to the face-to-face meeting of Global Shapers. Read his experiences with the Quest program below:

‘As an environmental engineer, I believe that we can work in a balance between the economic development and sustainable environmental development. Working on landfill projects  is a market that is growing in Brazil and Latin American to help improve the balance between development and the environment. This will decrease groundwater contamination within neighborhood areas near industrial and municipal landfills.

The solid waste engineers in ARCADIS US have a lot of experience in the landfill engineering and remediation. To take advantage of this knowledge and the new landfill market within Brazil, it seemed logical to utilize the Quest program. Learning about the American market, client development/marketing, projects planning, and technical knowledge in the construction and closure of industrial and municipal landfills would be valuable to the ARCADIS Logos team in São Paulo, Brazil. My manager and I made contact with John Holm and Todd Farmen, from ARCADIS US to discuss the many synergies. After 2 months of scheduling and projects planning, we had the approval of my manager Lucas Fonseca, my director Andre Rebouças, and my host John Holm as well the Lovinklaan Foundation.


Designing storm surge barriers in Sweden

HenryTuinMy name is Henry Tuin and I am graduated in Hydraulic Engineering at the Delft University of Technology. I started working for the hydraulic structures division of ARCADIS in the Netherlands immediately after my graduation in 2013. During the last two years, together with my colleagues, I have designed some really nice hydraulic structures that I’m very proud of. I’m very pleased that I can share some of my experience on this blog with my colleagues around the world!

I had already made my choice to study civil engineering & hydraulic engineering at the age of 10, after a summer holiday to the Dutch coast and seeing a number of storm surge barriers. I had to study civil engineering in order to be able to design such barriers when I was grown up. So, the first ‘design’ made by myself was made in primary school. I am still very proud of that first design. The existing storm surge barrier which I had visited in my summer holiday is shown below. (more…)

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.