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Eve Rogers, Graduate Transport Planner, Atkins

Eve

Graduate Transport Planner

Business area: Transportation
Years into GDP: First year
University and degree: University of Nottingham, BSc (Hons) Mathematics

What projects have you worked on during the graduate development programme?

At the moment I am working on a project for the dualling of the A582, just south of Preston. My role for the project has been to model 21 different signalised and priority junctions in and around the scheme area. I have learned to use different modelling software to do this, LinSig for signalised junctions and Junctions 9 for priority junctions. The models are then used to predict whether a junction is working within capacity for different scenarios in the future.

This has been something I have really enjoyed as I feel my maths degree has contributed towards my understanding of how the software works and determining whether results are reasonable.

I think it’s really exciting that my work on this project will be used in the Transport Assessment to advise Lancashire County Council on the scheme plans.

 

What social, society or CSR activities have you been involved with at Atkins?

After finding out I was successful in my application to Atkins, I was pretty nervous and excited. However, any nerves were put at ease quickly as my buddy got in touch to invite me on a social prior to starting. I got to visit the office on a Friday afternoon and meet the people I’d be working with. We then went for a meal, drinks and a game of Shuffleboard. I thought this was a great way to break the ice and welcome me to the team, it made starting work here much easier. We also have regular team lunches as well as quarterly office socials, which are usually a meal and drinks.

 

What skills have you developed since being at Atkins?

I have learnt so much since joining Atkins in May 2018. I have developed my technical skills through learning to use several different software. I have done lots of junction modelling through the use of LinSig and Junctions 9. I have also learned to use the mapping software qGIS, to create maps to demonstrate factors such as population density and Public Transport accessibility in different areas.

I had the opportunity to learn some coding when I worked on a project for TfN, where I coded sets of potential interventions to help form a business case for a prioritised multi-modal transport investment programme.

I have also developed my report writing skills through my involvement in the completion of a Distributional Impact Appraisal, which aims to identify the impacts of a transport intervention upon different vulnerable and socio-economic groups.

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