Regina Dongo – Quantity Surveyor

 

I’m working on a major project in the north of England as a Quantity Surveyor. I am working as part of a team in preparing a CAPEX Cost Estimate for the project. I am also involved in change and risk management throughout the cost estimate production phase.

Prior to this I worked on a large maritime project in Saudi Arabia, my first project when l joined Royal HaskoningDHV as a Senior Quantity Surveyor in November 2016.

My first live experience of BIM

This is my first time working on a BIM project. As a Quantity Surveyor my role is to import the model into quantity take-off software to automatically generate the quantities for the each building/structure elements. I learned about BIM as part of my BSc degree studies, but had never used it in practice. It’s been a challenge but also a great learning curve and an exciting opportunity.

Royal HaskoningDHV is working to adopt BIM across the UK so there’s a lot of support available. I have attended training course on how to take off quantities from 3D models, and attending weekly BIM sessions at lunchtime that focus on how BIM works, the benefits and how it’s used on a project.

I’m enjoying the learning process and am already seeing how much easier it is to work in this way than the traditional approach. The BIM system has helped me to be able to visualise the actual elements of the structures which was not possible previously. It reduces the risk of missing out of elements during the quantity take-off, fast, effective and produces reliable and accurate quantities. Errors in design can be easily identified. On this project, BIM has enhanced communication and collaboration amongst the project team members. 

Embracing technology at Royal HaskoningDHV

I really enjoy learning about new innovations like BIM and new ways of working. It’s exciting that technology can make life easier. New tools like BIM improve collaboration, help us co-ordinate information and it’s easy to find what you need in a single environment rather than searching through documents and emails. Generally, anything that improves communication is a big step forward.

The working environment at Royal HaskoningDHV is friendly and relaxed. The culture here encourages you to work hard and grow professionally. So, if you’re creative, driven by innovation and always thinking outside the box, you get recognised and that’s great.

In choosing to work at Royal HaskoningDHV, a big factor for me was its reputation in marine infrastructure, which is the area I have always wanted to work in. So it’s the ideal company for me, and I see myself staying here for a long time.