Members of calfordseaden’s Building Surveying and Structural Engineering teams headed back to school to show some students just what surveyors and engineers do, and to explain what a multi-disciplinary practice is.
Alex Burton and Richard Newman undertook this task along with their trusty colleagues; Daniel Simmons and Stephen Truong. Their brief was to give a 20 minute presentation, with an interactive activity, to various groups of students throughout the day. Find out below how they got on.
“Our approach was to give a quick introduction to outline in layman’s terms what “construction consultancy” means and how calfordseaden has many disciplines under one roof.
We outlined the role designers (Architects and Engineers) play and explained how their work starts a number of years before a project physically starts on site.
We also gave an overview of the various other job opportunities the construction industry offers, outside of the actual trades on site. This included the role of building surveyor and project manager, who are often appointed to coordinate the various members of the project team.
The real star of the show was Steven Truong who instantly won the crowd over by telling them he was a local boy who had gone to school in Southwark, and that had successfully secured a full time job with us following a period of work experience. Stephen showed the students a computer model of a new build residential project in Poplar, describing the structural design considerations and relating back to everyday scenarios, he was a real hit!
The students put some very good questions to us, which was really encouraging, ranging from starting salary expectations, to querying how a typical day is spent as a surveyor, through to whether the computer software we used was the same that is used to design cars! On more than one occasion we were asked if we “had ever got it wrong and had a building we designed fallen down!!”
We also had a few pictures of Maydew House and Bradley House on display which was a great talking point for the students and teachers. A lot of them recognised these distinctive buildings and were interested to hear what works had been carried out and any future plans for them.
The students who visited our stand were from Walworth Academy, Globe Academy, Kingsdale Foundation School, St Saviour’s and St Olave’s Church of England School, Ark All Saints and Bacon’s College. The event provided a great insight into how young students view the construction industry and provided an excellent opportunity to showcase our services and company to the next generation. Thank you Southwark for giving us this opportunity and we hope to have the chance to shape more young minds next year!