Opus International Consultants’ (Opus) involvement in STEM continues with pace, with an initiative with Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) helping a group of A-Level students achieve The British Science Associations’ Gold Crest Award. The work supports our overarching aim to engage young people with engineering and its wider opportunities.
When many engineers hear the term “data management”, they immediately envisage a collaboration site or a proprietary database or even BIM – at a basic level, data management is the approach which an organisation uses to coordinate and improve its knowledge.
Opus International Consultants (Opus) has been appointed on a framework with Wessex Water, a water and sewage treatment business serving the south west of England, supplying drinking water to 1.3 million customers and sewerage services to some 2.7 million customers.
The framework will see Opus delivering minor and reactive design services on Wessex Water’s distribution network which includes 110 water treatment plants, 340 service reservoirs and water towers, over 200 pumping stations and just over 11,500km of water main. Their much larger sewerage system comprises 405 treatment plants, 1,515 pumping stations and more than 30,000km of sewers.
Potential projects would include design relating to assets and infrastructure, emergency engineering assistance, structural condition surveys for repair and maintenance, and specialist structural and geotechnical design.
Huw Edwards (UK Managing Director) said: “We are delighted to be on this framework, where we can provide high-level expertise to ensure that Wessex Water can continue to deliver to their customers, and we can further develop our portfolio of work in the Water sector.”
Since the beginning of Opus’ research partnership with Nottingham Trent University and Innovate UK last September, ‘RustScan’ and ‘RustDetect’ – a system that will be able to detect structural corrosion from up to 100m away – has been gaining momentum.
As we reach the six month mark, big strides are being made in the development of three rust detection systems. The appointment of a full-time research associate, Dr Ali Sohaib, to focus on instrumentation and data capture has seen initial developments made in a long-range ground based system known as PRISMS (portable remote imaging system for multispectral scanning), which is able to detect and classify different types of rust.
We are thrilled to announce that this year, Opus is a finalist in several categories at the Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) Awards, with the awards ceremony set for July 14th at Celtic Manor in Newport.
Opus’ supportive culture is clearly reflected in this year’s shortlisting, with our Learning and Development initiatives recognised in the People Development category. Matthew Le Masurier and Gillian Steele are both finalists in the Young Achiever category. We wish Matthew and Gillian the very best of luck!
Congratulations should also go to our client, Interserve Construction, whom we worked with on the Dyfatty High-Rise project to refurbish a 1960s block of flats in Swansea and which is shortlisted in the category for Integration and Collaborative Working.
We have heard that there were 134 entries this year, so it’s a great achievement to gain this initial recognition.
We’re delighted to be a finalist in the category ‘Best Place to Work’ at the 2017 NCE100 Companies of the Year Awards. Feedback gathered through NCE’s staff survey was crucial in this shortlisting, providing evidence from our employees to support our submission.
Leading global infrastructure company Opus International Consultants (Opus) has appointed Dr Ray Hickey as Principal Asset Manager to lead growth in the transport, buildings and water sectors.
Opus is delighted to announce that it has four finalists at this year's Women in Construction Awards. The winners will be announced at an award's dinner held in Manchester on the 1st March. Opus would like to wish all its finalists (below) good luck.
Rachael Bryson – Project Manager of the Year
Work Group Manager – Structures - Doncaster
Rachael is one of two project managers who had been assessed to lead what are deemed as major projects. She sits on the board of Opus’ project management forum, she chairs the UK Women in Leadership initiative and is a mentor. As part of the North region succession planning, she has finished a secondment as an Office Director. During Rachael’s time as a project manager, she has managed projects with a value in excess of £2m and is a PRINCE Level II practitioner. Unconventionally, she has broken through the industry by being a successful Project Manager with no technical background in the construction disciplines.
Juliet Archer-Reeves – Rising Star – over 25
NEC Project Manager - Hertford
Juliet has come incredibly far since starting out in this industry. From starting as a trainee technician with an English degree, she has since worked proficiently within five teams at Hertfordshire, building her knowledge and experience to an incredibly high level. Juliet has an excellent work ethic and has shown willingness to take on increasing responsibility through her project management of a number of services.
Libby Brunskill – Rising Star – over 25
Geo-Environmental Engineer - Manchester
Libby is always looking to further her knowledge, whether this means moving away for long periods of time, or assisting another team (civils, structures, surveys) to widen her expertise. No task given to her could ever be too big or too small, she simply enjoys getting involved in all aspects of the job and working across all sectors to offer support during busy times. After coming into the industry with a Geography degree, Libby is very driven to encourage others into the industry who are studying a similar degree. Her goal is to try to steer people away from the stereotypes that still surround engineering.
Lisa Hamilton – Rising Star – under 25
Graduate Civil Engineer - Manchester
Lisa displays great maturity in her approach to work, despite having only graduated less than two years ago. She continues to work within the allocated budget and delivery timescales, delivering an excellent service to her clients. Lisa has volunteered to take on additional workloads, not only to ensure the success of the team but so that she may continue to further skills that she may not otherwise be exposed to. This willingness has enabled Opus to deliver projects which would otherwise have missed deadlines.
Opus is now able to provide clients with land contamination assessment reports under the National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management (NQMS), following Jon English’s (Technical Principal – Contaminated Land) appointment as a Suitably Qualified Person (SQP).
Congratulations to Gillian Steele, our Graduate Geotechnical Engineer, who has fought off tough competition to be awarded 2nd place out of the "super six" finalist in the prestigious New Civil Engineer Graduate Awards 2016.