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Meeting the challenge

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Engineers provide the insight and expertise to drive the projects and systems on which the rail network relies. That’s why the Rail Engineer of the Year award is one of the RailStaff Awards’ most coveted prizes.

This year, the award went to David Millar from Balfour Beatty Vinci. David was in charge of managing the design and works for the West Coast Mainline Bridge and South Staffordshire Line Bridge which took place over the summer. Both were very challenging projects with tight deadlines, but they were both delivered on time, and with the highest standards of health & safety. All members of both teams were grateful for working with David and so much during both blockades. Not only about how construction and engineering works, but also how to support and respect one another.

“I’m ecstatic, this is fantastic. It’s not just me who’s won tonight, a whole crowd of people have contributed to this, and I’m so pleased to be here with them tonight.”

Bespoke Asset Management company GeoAccess returned to support the award for the second year in a row. Established in 2014 to address the need for inspections on difficult access sites in the rail sector, GeoAccess works nationwide covering a broad range of industries.

Utilising its highly experienced Geotechnical and Structural Engineers coupled with UAVs, ROVs, Rope Access, and Confined Space Techniques, it looks at every job holistically. By using tried and tested methods as well as implementing highly innovative cutting-edge techniques, it delivers the most efficient, cost-effective solution to its client’s needs.

Mark Coleman, GeoAccess managing director, presented the award.

“The Rail Engineer of the Year – you can’t get a better award than that!” he said. “We’re really proud to support the award – it’s such an important thing to celebrate our industry. What more can I say !?”

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Naresh Kumar Kalra, AtkinsRéalis
Janine Bootland, Amey Consulting