International Women in Engineering Day – Rebecca Callard, Graduate Environmental Engineer

International Women in Engineering Day – Rebecca Callard, Graduate Environmental Engineer

Rebecca Callard joined Wardell Armstrong last year after graduating with a Masters Degree from Cardiff University. As a Graduate Environmental Engineer within our Ground Engineering team, she works from our Cardiff office. For International Women in Engineering Day 2017, Rebecca gives a brief description of a notable project that she’s been heavily involved with since joining Wardell Armstrong.

My most notable project contribution has been for our client Associated British Ports and their Prairie site. Within my first three months at Wardell Armstrong, I was involved in preparing a tender for a ground investigation for the site at Cardiff Docks. Following a successful tender approval my contribution to the job comprised of eight weeks of daily site supervision, contractor management, client and contractor liaison, quality checking, laboratory scheduling and reporting. During the past six months, I have largely focused on this project ensuring the ground investigation has been completed and all geochemical and geotechnical results are being reported. Due to the site’s location on reclaimed land combined with its historical industrial land-use, the job has been the perfect learning curve for both geochemical and geotechnical expertise and also project management and client/contractor liaison. Specifically, this project has involved a variety of experience from ground investigation supervision, general sampling and laboratory scheduling requirements, temporary drainage analysis, Japanese Knotweed management, ecological management, earthbund analysis, piling solutions and monitoring of tidal influences, groundwater and ground gas. I have learnt to recognise these elements as individual analyses but also appreciate how they relate to each other.

An engineering role is frequently stereotyped as a masculine profession. However, within Wardell Armstrong my capabilities as an engineer have never been questioned by my gender, but by my skills and understanding of the environment and my pursuit in expanding my knowledge. I have an unparalleled appreciation for Wardell Armstrong as a company in exhibiting these values and supporting International Women in Engineering Day.

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