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Philip Adenaiye, Engineer, Atkins



Business area: Transportation
Years into GDP: Graduate Alumni
University and degree: University of Nottingham, MSc Civil Engineering

Can you briefly describe your role and what you do?

I’m an Assistant Engineer in the Engineering Practice of Atkins’ Transportation business. Essentially, my role involves carrying out design activities within the highways team based in Glasgow. In my role, every day is different and I have worked on various transportation projects that range from design of highway elements such as the vertical and horizontal alignments, highway drainage to road restraint systems, traffic signs and markings; essentially every element of the highway that makes it safe and efficient for users. Aside design, I supervise the construction of these elements to ensure that they are built in accordance with approved designs and all other relevant specifications. I also support project managers with the management of projects.

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

Since joining Atkins, I have worked on various exciting and high profile projects including highway schemes. Most of my time has been spent on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project - the largest road construction project currently ongoing in the UK. My role on the project has varied since starting on the project just few weeks after joining Atkins. Specifically, I completed the drainage design of a tangible section of the road and led a team that produced over 300 public utilities drawings. In Spring of 2015, I was deployed to the site to monitor the construction of the project for 18 months as part of the structures team looking after the construction of over 70 bridges and more than 100 culverts. I also worked as the Lead Public Utilities Designer for the Edinburgh Tram Extension where I was responsible for design coordination of utilities diversions required to enable the construction of the tram extension. This role involved liaising with the client and utility companies to propose diversions of the utilities apparatus within the proposed tram zone. I also assisted the client with the preparation of tender documents for the enabling works procurement.

The varying nature of my experience has exposed me to the complete life cycle of a project – from inception to design and then to construction. Working on these projects gives me a good appreciation of what goes on “behind the scenes” prior to the provision of infrastructure and I feel very proud to contribute to the development of the society.

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

I’ve been involved with many activities at Atkins. For a period of around 18 months, I was part of the Highways and Transportation Graduate Forum as the Regional Graduate Representative representing Scotland and Northern Ireland. This involvement allowed me to contribute to the continuous improvement of the Graduate Development Programme as well as the Graduate experience.

I am also a member of the Atkins’ Glasgow football team. We play football on Monday nights and the experience has been both challenging and rewarding. It provides an opportunity to meet people within the office and helps improve the bond between staff members.

There is also a Graduate Social committee within the office that organises social events for graduates in the office such as Christmas Parties, Summer parties and other occasional events where graduates meet up for fun activities and for networking purposes. I have attended many of these events and they have always been full of fun.

I am also a STEM Ambassador and I use my volunteer days in a year to help promote science and engineering to the next generation by volunteering at STEM events.

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