Thinking about the impact that our actions have on the environment around us is more important now than ever. Problem solvers are here to think about just that.
Problem solvers strive to make the world a more sustainable place. Whether it’s producing planning permissions, completing risk assessments or advising on legal regulations, they’re always there to preserve every aspect of our incredible environment.
When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.”
- Anthony J. D’Angelo
A building control surveyor ensures that building regulations are followed on new build sites and projects. They may also be required to survey damaged or unstable structures to determine whether they can be repaired safely or need to be demolished.
Highways engineers are responsible for ensuring that the thousands of miles of road across Britain are in good condition. There are three main branches of highway engineering: planning, research, and construction. Most highway engineers specialise in one of these areas.
Landscape architects create places for people to live, work and play, and places for plants and animals to thrive. As a landscape architect, no two days will be the same; one day you could be out surveying sites or carrying out environmental impact assessments, the next you might be in the office writing reports and drawing up contracts.
Landscape managers plan, develop and care for outdoor spaces, to ensure that people can use and enjoy them, now and into the future. They use their knowledge of ecosystems and human behaviour to advise on construction projects.
A regeneration officer delivers programmes designed to improve and renovate local areas and buildings in order to bring them up to date in design, health and safety compliance, and current usage. This may include improving areas of deprivation, and accessing the grants and funding necessary for projects to take place.
Remediation specialists deal with the assessment, treatment and removal of contamination from soil and groundwater. They design and implement remedial action plans to clean up sites affected by fuel, pesticides and heavy metals amongst other substances, so that they are safe for the future.
A safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) advisor is responsible for ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations, environmental regulations, and quality control, on-site and in construction firms.
A building surveyor is responsible for advising clients about the design, construction, maintenance and repair of buildings. They survey buildings and then report on their findings and make recommendations.
Ecologists study the relationship between plants, animals and the environment. They look at how animals and plants inhabit a particular environment, and report on the likely impact of any proposed construction works. Depending on the job in hand, they could spend time working outdoors, at a university, in an office or in a laboratory.
A sustainability manager oversees the implementation of sustainability strategies during a construction project. This usually relates to the environmental impacts of the work being carried out, to ensure that the project adheres to the most economically and environmentally friendly methods possible.
Archaeologists increase our understanding of the human past by uncovering and protecting remains and artefacts. These are often uncovered on construction sites and archaeologists ensure they are preserved and can be added to the Historic Environment Records. As an archaeologist, you’d be involved during project planning. You could conduct initial research and exploratory excavations before construction starts to protect our cultural heritage.
The job of a heritage consultant is to manage construction and restoration projects on heritage sites, such as historic or listed buildings, landscapes, museums and other properties, by providing guidance on heritage issues and formulating strategies to manage them.
Environmental advisors ensure that construction projects comply with environmental regulations and targets. They strategically plan ways to keep air pollution or water and soil contamination to a minimum, reduce material waste and ensure that any necessary waste is disposed of in the correct manner.
Environmental engineering focuses on protecting the environment by reducing waste and pollution. Environmental engineers optimise the use of natural resources, help to develop renewable energy resources and maximise the use of existing materials. They design technologies and processes that control pollution and clean up contamination.