In this episode, we talk with Lorin Bosoc, CEng MICE, a Chartered Civil Engineer and Registered Ground Engineering Professional at Atkins Ground Engineering and Tunneling about the challenges and opportunities of working on ground engineering projects in different regions, the importance of mentorship for aspiring engineers, and strategies for prioritizing employee well-being.
***The video version of this episode can be viewed here.***
Here Are Some of the Questions We Ask Lorin:
- As a registered ground engineering professional, what aspects do you find most challenging and fascinating, and how do you address them?
- Given your experience in both the UK and international markets, how do projects in different regions offer unique challenges and opportunities in ground engineering?
- Can you briefly introduce the Ground Forum undergraduate mentorship program, elaborate on your role, and highlight its main goals and participant benefits?
- Could you delve into the role of mentoring in nurturing the growth of aspiring engineers?
- Could you outline the strategies and initiatives your company has implemented to prioritize the well-being of its employees?
- What is the impact of maintaining a healthy work-life balance on professional performance and overall job satisfaction?
- What advice and essential skills or qualities would you recommend to young professionals aspiring to excel in the field of ground engineering, especially those still in school, recently graduated, or beginning their careers?
Here Are Some of the Key Points Discussed About The Vital Role of Ground Engineering in Fostering Safe and Sustainable Infrastructure:
- Efficiently addressing ground engineering challenges involves understanding the geological context, reviewing past experiences, communicating with clients and contractors, and applying engineering judgment to develop feasible and effective solutions.
- The challenges in ground engineering international markets involve language barriers, local politics, time zone discrepancies, unspoken client expectations, diverse ground conditions, code adaptations, and seismic considerations, which vary across regions and between seismic and non-seismic areas.
- The Ground Forum unites UK ground engineering interests, and its Undergraduate Mentorship Program addresses diversity and skills shortages by offering comprehensive insights, networking, project exposure, and workshops, guided by industry mentors.
- Mentorship in ground engineering is a two-way exchange of experiences and skills and benefits both mentors and mentees. For mentees, it’s a chance to learn from practical expertise and diverse problem-solving approaches. Mentors become trusted allies who offer constructive guidance and provide a supportive environment for mentees’ career growth.
- Atkins prioritizes employee well-being with a holistic Wellness framework covering physical, emotional, financial, and social aspects. This commitment is evident through the “Different Makes a Difference” strategy, offering benefits like well-being apps and mental health support. This approach recognizes the connection between employee well-being and productivity, supported by peers and leaders who provide guidance and create a supportive environment.
- Balancing work and personal life is vital. Working too much can harm both job satisfaction and performance. Taking breaks after work improves efficiency and reduces stress. Dealing with anxiety and depression motivates seeking balance. Individuals should find a way to prioritize their well-being.
- Young ground engineering professionals must not hesitate to ask questions and seek guidance. University provides the basics, but active practice, discussing with peers and mentors, and studying case studies are crucial. When stuck, asking questions is key to learning and problem-solving.
More Details in This Episode…
About the Guest: Lorin Bosoc, CEng MICE
Lorin is a Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE) and Registered Ground Engineering Professional with a proven record of delivering high-quality work, he has been recognized by both peers and clients to go above and beyond to exceed expectations. With extensive experience in ground engineering and an engineering consultancy environment, working for both small and large companies, Lorin has managed, lead, and provided engineering input in a variety of projects, primarily in the rail, highway, and energy sectors, for both temporary & permanent works, primarily in the UK but also international markets.
About the Host: Jared M. Green, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE
Jared, originally from southwest Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from Syracuse University’s College of Engineering in 2001 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering. He later went on to attain his M.S. in Civil Engineering (Geotechnical Focus) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign, in 2002. In 2003, he began working in the New York City office of Langan. He has since become a Principal / Vice President and is one of the owners of this international land development engineering consulting firm. After 15 years at Langan, Jared moved to the Philadelphia office and is one of the geotechnical practice leaders in that office.
Jared is a consultant and team leader who also enjoys mentoring young engineers and first-generation college students. He has been instrumental in increasing the number of pre-college students who are interested in STEAM majors and fields. He strives to make complex engineering topics relatable and understandable to people new to the field and to people who are completely unfamiliar with engineering. Jared and his family currently reside in Flemington, New Jersey. He and his wife have three energetic, inquisitive, and awesome children. You can connect with Jared here.
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To your success,
Jared M. Green, PE, D.GE, F.ASCE
Host of The Geotechnical Engineering Podcast