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Graduate Structural Engineer

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Structural Engineer

  •  Clarke Nicholls Marcel
  •  Nov 2020 - Aug 2020

Completed column load take down and foundation design on an eight-storey residential building located in North London. This design was carried out using SCIA structural Engineering software.

Carrying out complex hand calculations to check the stability of different structural designs, including column checks, fire safety design and pile cap design.

Communicating with Architects, Project Managers and contractors on the building design ensuring that best practice structural design philosophies were followed. This included, e-mails, phone calls and in-house meetings.

Having an awareness of project cost and project stages, understanding and meeting the client’s needs.

Reporting to my line manager discussing design philosophies and project targets.

Continually improving Structural Engineering skills (e.g. greater knowledge of Eurocode 2 with regards to fire, snow loading and column design).


Bachelor of Civil Engineering

  •  National University of Ireland Galway
  •  Nov 2011 - May 2015

1st class honors grade achieved with modules in the following;

Received the Frank Lydon award for Final Year Project - Concrete technology

Structural Engineering (Steel and concrete Design)

Coastal and Offshore Engineering

Geotechnical Engineering

Project management

PhD in Geoenvironmental Engineering

  •  National University of Ireland, Galway
  •  Sep 2015 - Oct 2020

Reading research articles on soil water retention curve testing, solute travel times, movement of water in the vadose zone and nitrogen mineralisation in the soil, to develop expertise.

Discussing research articles and testing results with supervisors.

Interpreting complex results from laboratory experiments to determine what was happening in the soil testing carried out.

Organisation of laboratory materials, use of numerical software Hydrus 1D for modelling of solute travel times and developing test methodologies to examine the key aims below.

The project had three key aims;

(1) to develop an appropriate suction range for use of a centrifuge method for the development of soil water retention curves (SWRCs)

(2) to compare the solute travel times from measured SWRCs vs pedotransfer (PTF) predicted SWRCs through a numerical modelling software and

(3) To determine the effects of suction and incubation time on mineralisation of inorganic nitrogen (N) from addition of urea.

The aims of this project meet a demand for a more thorough methodology for the construction of SWRCs using a centrifuge, which helps informs users of numerical modelling software of the utility of basic soil data measurements when solute travel times need to be estimated and attempts to explain at what point the soil suction/water content may effect fertilisation. These aims fall into the objectives of the European Union Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD) (EC 2000) as they will help in more accurate predictions of solute travel times as environmental legislation does not currently consider either management practices and hydrological/hydrogeological ‘lag time’ processes in catchments.

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Brilliant work Tom. Keep up the good work.