Sydney – a dream placement
Simon Mayor joined our Structures team during his secondment to Sydney
Following his internship within the Structures team at our London office in 2015, Simon returned to Waterman for a secondment to Sydney for 17 weeks prior to completing his Master degree at Ecole des mines d’Alès in France. His passion for travelling has seen him complete his diploma with the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, and his work abroad with Waterman has allowed him a hands-on approach to our projects within London and Australia, not forgetting seeing the sights and meeting the local kangaroos.
Having already interned in the London office last year I felt inspired to explore what else I could learn from Waterman. I have always been motivated to get out, make new connections, and learn as much as I can from those already in the industry. I was incredibly fortunate for this amazing opportunity to relocate to Australia.
Of Sydney’s 20 employees, I worked within a close knit team of two Structural engineers and a CAD technician on the Victoria project in London as well as Preston Road in Sydney, which proved to be very similar to working back in the UK. Although smaller in numbers to London, I enjoyed the working environment within the office due to its open plan layout permitting all the disciplines to communicate and work together with ease.
There was a great sense of community amongst the teams and they took the time to show me around the local area and made me feel really welcome. I learnt new instrumental skills within design programmes such as Rapt, E-Tabs and Microstran, as well as assisting with the reviewing of drawings for construction, further to developing my conceptual design and calculations skills. This proved how crucial it is to understand the way a building works before you begin editing and modelling it.
This placement was invaluable to my studies as well as my career prospects because I was permitted a greater input and understanding into the practical side of engineering in a whole new environment. As engineers I feel there’s a crucial element within our practice to be open minded and constantly develop new relationships. I would highly recommend for students to broaden their knowledge by moving out of their comfort zones and taking a placement. Understandably not everyone can travel abroad for work, but there are some amazing opportunities to be discovered within the UK which shouldn’t go to waste.
I look forward to returning to Waterman this November and would like to express my immense gratitude to everyone in our London and Sydney offices who have trusted and helped me to develop my skills throughout my placements.
Ben North, Managing Director in Sydney, has said; “Simon has been an integral member of our structural team and has proved his worth in terms of willingness to learn. It has been a pleasure having him work with us and we wish him well in his future.”