After I finished secondary school, I decided to go and do A-levels in Maths, Physics, French and German.

After completing these, I went to the University of Nottingham to study a Masters Civil Engineering (with French) degree, which I got a 2:1 in. I was fortunate enough to be an ICE Quest scholar also – which meant that they paid my tuition fees each year I was studying and provided me with work experience with Laing O’Rourke each summer for three years. As a student Engineer, I got to work on projects including Terminal 5 Heathrow, The Channel Tunnel Rail Link and the Second Severn Crossing Maintenance site. 

Construction is an exciting and rewarding career choice and needs more people like you in it!

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Based Cardiff
Employer Laing O'Rourke

Tell us a bit more about what your job entails.

I work for a company called Laing O’Rourke who are international contractors in construction. They mainly operate in the health care, education and power sectors in Wales and the West of England. 

In my role as a Lead Digital Engineer, I support projects in design using BIM – which stands for Building Information Modelling. I work alongside project teams to ensure the efficient production of 3D, data rich models which are continually developed over the lifespan of the project. I train the project teams to use the models and extract useful data. The great thing about having a model means that we build once in a virtual setting, and then once in reality. The main benefits of using BIM in construction jobs can be felt across many areas within a project; design co-ordination, programme, cost, logistics and temporary works, asset management and handover. 

Times are changing and construction is waking up to the 21st century and using new technologies.

Katie Evans

Lead Digital Engineer (Wales & West)

What do you love about your job?

I love the fact that I am helping to change and modernise construction engineering and the wider industry. Also, working with others in the Digital Engineering Team to come up with new ideas and innovations for our projects is a great part of the job.

Where do you want your career to take you?

I want to progress into project management and delivery. Construction management is a really exciting area for me.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about a career in construction?

There is a huge range of professional construction careers available that you would have probably never heard of – 10 years ago my role didn’t even exist! But times are changing and construction is waking up to the 21st century and using new technologies. Jobs in the construction industry are exciting and rewarding career choices and need more people like you!

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