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Anurag Kushwaha, Principal geotechnical engineer, Atkins


Principal geotechnical engineer

"I joined Atkins in 2006 in Epsom as a senior geotechnical engineer, having worked for eight years in India, the Middle East and the UK, both with contractors and consultants. Straight after joining Atkins, I joined a multidisciplinary project team in central London designing the portals and shafts for Crossrail. This gave me a great opportunity to work with industry experts in underground station and tunnel design. The geotechnical team on this project was one of the first in the industry to apply the concept of Eurocode 7’s partial factors in the design of embedded retaining walls – long before it became mandatory in 2010.

On returning to Epsom, I was given an opportunity to work on one of Atkins’ most prestigious projects. I was part of the London 2012 Olympic Park infrastructure design team, leading a team responsible for the assessment and design of over 6km of existing and new river walls within the Olympic Park. This provided me with experience of the complete design-and-build lifecycle, from preliminary design to construction. I was privileged to be part of Atkins’ Olympics team and selected this project for my professional review report.

With support from my managers in the ground engineering team, I became a Chartered Engineer within three years of joining Atkins. With only three years’ experience in the UK, it was a great achievement for my professional career.

My next challenge was the opportunity to lead a structures and retaining wall design team on a large highway scheme. My team was partially based in our Global Design Centre in India. All went well and I was made the UK coordinator for the ground engineering team in Bangalore. I was responsible for developing the team’s technical skills and mentoring them, together with growing the team. I have since successfully delivered many projects with the Bangalore team and they have become an important part of our business.

Since 2009, I have been team leader for the rail geotechnics team in Croydon carrying out a range of project roles including Contractor’s Responsible Engineer (CRE), project manager, project technical lead and technical reviewer. My first project in Croydon was Farringdon Station Redevelopment, a major rail project in London as part of the Thameslink programme. On this project I applied innovative solutions to a complex challenge in order to achieve the best solution for the client (Network Rail). I used bi-directional pile testing (Osterberg method) which had not been used in the UK rail industry before, and this was subsequently commended by the Emap Ground Engineering Awards 2011 in the “Technical Excellence” category. I was also awarded an Atkins Ground Engineering award for innovation.

Atkins is a fantastic company to work with where you can develop both your technical and management skills. I feel trusted and valued, and I’ve accepted responsibility with open arms. Throughout my career I’ve had varied and interesting challenges and great career progression."

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