Gowsalya Manavalan

04 November, 2019


What attracted you to your profession?

It all started when I went to site visits with my father as a six-year-old. My interest has always been mathematics and physics; I was attracted towards the mechanics of structures and the physics behind it. I chose to become a structural engineer to quench my thirst for knowledge on how big structures behave.  What’s better than experiencing your dreams hands on?

What is your top highlight of working at Pick Everard so far?

It’s been almost a year of working with the firm and I cannot believe how far I have come within this short period. The best part of working at Pick Everard is the work-life balance. As a graduate, it was also reassuring to come into a flexible, friendly work environment where everyone is helpful and approachable.

Tell us about your typical day

I start off with an agenda for the day, as per the brief set for the week with my job lead / line manager every Monday.  I prioritize jobs needing immediate attention and seek support where I need to. Typically I will be working on structural analysis, design, calculations and report writing.

A typical project would involve design of buildings to various stages of RIBA involving modelling the structure, analysing it for different member types and loading conditions, generating drawings and details. I regularly liaise with architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, contractors or clients for co-ordination. I will also get involved in undertaking structural surveys and reports on structural performance of existing buildings. During my time here I have had a range of projects to work on including Ripon Leisure Centre and Haymarket Theatre. My role also involves site visits and it’s great to visit clients, liaise with the whole project team and see the projects come to life!

What’s your favourite thing about the firm/your team/your role?

I have always wanted to work in a multi-disciplinary firm where you get to interact with fellow specialists at any time of the project and learn. My favourite thing about the firm would be the Early Careers Scheme where young engineers are mentored in the right way towards chartership. Also, how the Line managers and seniors are encouraging us towards attending the CPD’s and lectures by the institutions.

What are you looking forward to in the future here?

I am looking forward to continuing to develop professionally and to become a chartered structural engineer with Pick Everard in the next few years.  I’m also looking forward to working with the same enthusiasm as I do today!

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