My role here at GPCL began with a two-week work experience after graduating with an MSc in Engineering Geology at University of Leeds.
I was welcomed in October 2021 with open arms. The first month really opened my eyes to the type of company and industry I had got myself into! GPCL are a hands-on, tight knit team who encourage learning above all else. My core technical skills and industry knowledge have developed considerably in this early stage of my career.
Since starting with GPCL I have had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects including Phase I and Phase II reports, 3D modelling, slope stability and settlement assessments and finite element modelling.
One highlight from the projects I have worked on so far includes the infill of an underpass tunnel where a main road passes directly above. My involvement included an FEM analysis to investigate the potential settlement of the main road and surrounding access roads caused by the infilling. The work I did on this project allowed me to consider many facets of engineering, such as choosing suitable material properties and assessing various failure modes within a system. Overall, the results of my analysis indicated that the infilling of the underpass resulted in settlements that were within acceptable limits.
I must thank the team, Jon, Gabriella, Ollie and Sam for the support and education they have provided me. I look forward to progressing and developing not only myself but also the company in the future.